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So You Think You Have A Healthy Diet?
Most of us walk around thinking we eat a pretty healthy diet. I know differently. But really, it’s not your fault! You have been misled about what is and what isn’t a healthy diet.
Everything we eat has a consequence on our health. We make decisions everyday regarding what we eat but we don’t realize how bad those decisions really are.
Do You Know These Healthy Diet Myths?
There is so much mis-information out there and I’m going to set the record straight about what you should include in your healthy diet.
Here Are Some Important Healthy Diet Myths You Need To Know About.
- Eating less will help you lose weight. A big fat NO! Do you know that if you don’t eat enough calories, your body’s metabolism goes into stavation mode. It will store up water and fat and burn muscle instead while waiting for you to eat your next meal. Without those calories, your hair may start falling out and your nails, skin, and teeth will suffer. As soon as you begin to eat you actually fulfill your nutrition requirement and start gaining the weight back again. Now, is that the makings of a healthy diet? I don’t think so!
- A diet high in saturated fat is bad for you. Once again you are dead wrong! Good fats have been lumped together with bad fats and have given fat a bad name. A healthy diet needs dietary fats for the production of hormones, for helping the body use it’s vitamins and minerals and for regulating enzymes. Saturated fats make up 50% of our cell membranes and help calcium to be incorporated into our bones. They are also helpful in getting fatty acids into our tissues. If you look closely at the diets of people from the Mediterranean, the Eskimos, and Pacific Islanders, you will see their diets consist of 50%-75% fat but their instances of heart disease, obesity and chronic illnesses are virtually non-existent. They prove that a healthy diet needs fat to remain healthy.
Some Examples Of Good Fat In A Healthy Diet
- Coconut oil – Is 92% saturated fat yet contains a compound called lauric acid which aids the immune system with it’s anti-micriobial properties. It is also more stable in high heat (will not oxidize causing free radicals) making it a great oil to cook with.
- Organically raised animals – Animal fat is good for us when it comes from healthy animals not pumped up with loads of hormones and antibiotics and fed with natural feed.
- Cocoa butter – Which is the fat portion of dark, bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate must be at least 70% cocoa to be an effective fat. The cocoa bean is a great source of antioxidants but remember, most dark chocolates contain only about 55% cocoa with the rest being sugar, corn sweeteners and preservatives.
- Nuts – Most nuts are dense foods that contain high amounts of fat. These fats though, are very good for you. They contain vast amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals and are cancer fighters as well as great at lowering cholesterol levels.
Each one of these foods should be incorporated into a healthy diet. Although high in saturated fats, these foods pack the nutrients you needs to make a healthy diet work.
3. A healthy diet consists of foods made with corn, soy and wheat. If you believe this then I have a bridge you may be interested in buying … very cheap! Did you know that the average person consumes almost 67% of their calories from just these three sources? Don’t believe it? Corn, soy, and wheat (plus their derivatives) are in almost everything we eat. Look at the back of your food packaging and you’ll find things such as high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, soybean oil, refined wheat flour and literally hundreds of other food additives. Almost all processed foods are made with corn or soy and they are not healthy at all. Since corn, wheat and soy are so cheap they are easy to manufacture and this is bad for you and your healthy diet. But the news gets even worse when you take into effect that they feed corn to cows, chickens and fish even though these foods were never meant to be eaten by these animals.
Why Is Corn, Soy And Wheat So Bad For A Healthy Diet?
We should be getting no more than 5% of our calories from these foods but the more we eat the more problems our bodies face. These can include:
- The use of pesticides and herbicides used in the crops. (Corn and soy are the most genetically modified foods so that should send up a warning signal).
- Weight gain in the form of hard to lose belly fat.
- Blood sugar (diabetes).
- Loss of health benefits in humans from the animals that are fed these foods.
- It alters the omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio from 2:1 to almost 25:1. This imbalance helps promote heart disease because too much of omega-6 increases blood clotting, suppresses the immune system and increases cell growth which can lead to cancer.
If you want to promote a healthy diet you must look beyond the myths being propagated so that you can eat the proper foods. Don’t think you have a healthy diet unless you get the right information to make a wise decision.