In today’s health world it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not. One day carbs are bad for you and then the next day they’re not. Then you start scrolling through social media and the internet is raving about how a pill can make you lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks. Diet culture today has made it so confusing to know what to eat and what not to eat, so I am here to educate you on what is a myth in the world of nutrition.
Myth #1: Carbs are bad for you
Carbs get a bad rap, because when people think of carbs they think of white bread, pasta, and sweets, but that is not all carbs. Carbohydrates can come from fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and diary products. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, and we need them to function every day. So do not skip the carbs!
Myth #2: Eating too many eggs is bad for your cholesterol
There are two different kinds of cholesterol known as HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL is the “good” cholesterol because it carries the “bad” cholesterol LDL to the liver and the liver flushes it from the body. Eggs have the “good” cholesterol, therefore will lower the “bad” cholesterol in the body.
Myth #3: Eating fat will make you fat
There are saturated fats that can be found in processed foods and high-fat animal products and these types of fats should be limited. There are also fats called monounsaturated, omega 6, and omega 3 fats. Foods that have monounsaturated fats are olive oil, canola oil, avocados, and nuts. Foods that have omega 6 fats are vegetable oil, nuts, and seeds. Foods that have omega 3 fats are fatty fish such as salmon, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. These fats are essential for good heart health and should be incorporated into the diet.
I hope this helps shed light on some of the most common food myths!