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misconceptions of healthy nutrition

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Laska Nenova

on 14 July 2013

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Top 10 Nutrition Misconceptions
nutrition misconceptions
You may not realize it, but every day you make unconscious decisions about how you eat - some of them healthy and some not-so-healthy.

#1: You can never eat “junk” food
religiously stay away from all chocolate bars, chips, candy, cookies, cakes and other foods that are categorized as “junk”

#2: You should purchase a food because it claims to be “natural”

The term “natural” is so loosely defined by the government that you’ll find it on everything from cereal boxes to soda to packages of meat.

#3: You should eat flax to get your omega-3 fix

Flax is a great source of fiber, but isn’t the best source of omega-3s around. There are several types of omega-3 fats, with some more potent than others

#4: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want

But food is part of our social nature and should be enjoyed. These types of foods can be part of a healthy eating plan. Knowing how to stay in control of your cravings and eating these foods sensibly is the trick.

You’re better off ignoring the word on any package and taking the time to read through the ingredients and nutrition information. Don’t be fooled into believing that natural means healthy.

The omega-3s found in plants like flax seeds is known as the ALA type. The other types known as EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna and provide many of the omega-3 benefits you read about.

In order to “make up” for an order of large fries, you’d need to swim laps for an hour. Perhaps your guilty pleasure is a slice of pepperoni pizza? Let’s hope you jogged for 30 minutes at a medium pace

#5: You can’t eat late at night
The blanket statement doesn’t really apply to all people, schedules and lifestyles. If you do find yourself hungry at night, here are a few healthier snack options you may want to consider.

#6: You must drink 8 cups of water each day

Stop worrying about the numbers and listen to your body! Some folks may need more than 8 cups while other may need less.

#7: It’s important to buy organic food whenever possible

Many local farmers cannot afford the costs of being certified organic but follow the same practices.

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#9: Wheat and whole wheat bread is the same thing

All “wheat” is not created equal. Look for “100% whole wheat” on the label to make sure you’re getting the healthier parts of the whole grain. You’ll find that wheat bread contains much less fiber than 100% whole wheat bread. So be sure to read the label carefully before buying.

#10: If you’re following a healthy eating plan, that means you can’t eat any of your favorite foods

Healthy and tasty go hand in hand. Think you can’t deliciously make over favorites like lasagna, chili, pasta salad, baked beans, and fried chicken– think again!

Other lies
Lie # 1: 'Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease'
Lie # 2: 'Eating Fat Makes
You Gain Weight'
Lie # 3: 'Artificial Sweeteners are Safe Sugar-Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Loss'
Lie # 4: 'Your Body Cannot Tell the Difference Between Sugar and Fructose'
Lie # 5: 'Soy is a Health Food'
Lie # 6: 'Eggs are a Source of Unhealthy Cholesterol'
Lie # 7: 'Milk Does Your Body Good'
Lie # 8: 'Genetically Engineered Foods are Safe and Comparable to Conventional Foods'
Lie # 9: 'Proceed Meats Make for a Healthy Nutritious Meal'
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