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If you’ve noticed, everyone has become weight-conscious. Most of the people hit the gym before or after work, and are pretty particular about what they eat and drink. It’s a good thing. However, one must keep in mind that whatever people suggest as ‘healthy’ might actually not be.
Andy Bellatti, a registered dietitian and the co-founder of the group Dietitians for Professional Integrity, helped clarify many misconceptions regarding ‘healthy’ foods. Here are some of his intriguing views on certain so-called healthy items.
Most of us take vitamins every day thinking we’re lacking them. However, research shows that we get more than enough of these substances from what we eat so there’s no point of taking extra pills.
Have you noticed how every grocery store around the corner now has almond butter? It’s quite expensive but it has become really common now. However, Andy Bellatti said that regular peanut butter is as good as almond butter as long as it contains only salt and peanuts. So no need to waste money on almond better – yay!
When you squeeze fruits and vegetables to get fresh juice, you remove all the fiber and sadly fiber is the ingredient that keeps you satisfied until your next meal. All you do is drink sugar which means you’ll experience mood swings, low energy and hunger pangs.
You don’t need to avoid gluten unless you suffer from celiac disease. And if you think bloating and gas issues arise from its intake then you’re wrong. You’ll experience them either way, so go ahead and eat whatever you want!
Many people have switched to almond milk from dairy milk because they think it’s healthier. What they don’t know is that almond milk is practically devoid of nutrients – yikes!
Before you start quoting the protein content in almonds, remember that a regular glass of almond milk contains only 2% of almonds and almost zero proteins. And vitamins are artificially added. So if you really want to find a healthy alternative, try soy, skim or low-fat milk.
Addicted to granola? Feel great about it because it’s ‘healthy’? Well, here’s a fun fact: a cup of granola contains 600 calories which is equivalent to two turkey and cheese sandwiches or about four cereal bars.
Not so healthy after all, huh?
I remember a lot of people refusing to eat egg yolks when many nutrition experts suggested that eating cholesterol directly affected one’s blood cholesterol level. However, new research shows that for the vast majority of people, dietary cholesterol doesn’t really affect the blood cholesterol. So basically, it’s time to kiss those egg-white alternatives goodbye. Helloooo!! Eggs Benedict!
Probably the biggest misconceptions of all time – bottled water is cleaner/healthier than tap water. No, it’s not. We spend more than a hundred billion dollars on bottled water every year without knowing that 92% of the nation’s 53,000 local water systems meet or exceed federal safety standards and are at least as clean as bottled water.
Not too long ago, many health experts advised to replace sugar with agave as it has a low-glycemic index and doesn’t cause sudden changes in blood sugar. However, recent research shows that while agave isn’t high in glucose, it is high in another type of sweetener: fructose. And fructose is linked with many health problems such as heart disease!
So it’s better to keep a check on the amount of intake rather than the type.
Anything that promises to “detoxify” your system
“Oh it’s ‘detox’ day” – really? Did you accidentally drink a bottle of poison?
No one needs to detox. We already have a super-efficient system that filters out most of the harmful things we eat. You’ve probably heard about the system: liver and kidneys. The liver detoxifies the chemicals we ingest while the kidneys filter out our blood and remove waste. So rely on your inner-self for detoxification.
Coconut oil is almost the same as olive oil in terms of calorie count and fat content. However, what most of you don’t know is that one tablespoon of olive oil contains 1 gram of saturated fat and 10 grams of healthy fat whereas one tablespoon of coconut oil consists of 12 grams of saturated fat and 1 gram of healthy fat. This pretty much sums up how healthy coconut oil is – in case you still can’t tell: saturated fats are plain bad because they raise cholesterol level and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
So now you know which one’s better.
Himalayan salt is quite..attractive. The exotic pink hue can be linked to the minimal amount of iron oxide in the pebbles. It also contains potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and lower amounts of sodium. But is it really worth it?
When asked Bellatti for his views, he went on saying that expecting the salt to have way more minerals and positive outcomes as other salts would rather be foolish. It’s just salt in the end, so don’t fret about it.
Okay people really need to go easy on coconut water – it won’t cure cancer!
I mean, yes it’s awesome as a source of potassium and other vitamins and minerals but it’ll achieve the same thing as a glass of water and fresh fruit.