In this three part series, I will address the Top 10 nutrition lies that mainstream media is trying to push on you.
Every week there seems to be a new nutrition topic covered in the media; new fads, new solutions for weight loss, and new foods that are “bad” for you. Many of the claims are often discredited, upon further research, yet their impact on dietary choices remains.
Nutrition lies in the media are common; studies subsidized by pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers, and food associations are often tilted to make the public believe that one food is healthier than another to spur sales and increase visibility.
LIE #1. You Must Eat Whole Grains: According to the USDA, Americans were consuming nearly 200 pounds of grain per year, up 45% in 30 years. In fact, the amount of wheat flour, corn products, and rice has all dramatically increased. All in the same time frame that obesity, autoimmune diseases, Type 2 diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular disease rates have increased.
TRUTH: Whole grains are not nutrient dense, and actually can harm your metabolism.
SOLUTION: Eat Healthy Fiber Rich Foods: Lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, artichokes, avocados, eggplant, berries, melons, and quinoa are all nutrient dense, and support healthy metabolic function and replace the fiber in whole grains. For bread alternatives utilize (Paleobread or Ezekiel bread)
LIE #2: Vegetarian Diets are the Healthiest: While vegetables certainly are very good for you, the truth is most vegetarian diets focus on large portions of whole grains, cereals, & not as many fruits and vegetables. Plus, it tends to be a diet rich in carbohydrates, and relatively low in protein and healthy saturated fats.
TRUTH: Vegetarians can struggle with Vitamin B-12 deficiency and be missing key nutrition for health!
SOLUTION: Add responsible sources of meat, fish and grass-fed or fermented dairy to your diet. Follow Advanced Plan in your Align Your Health book.
LIE #3: Saturated Fat is Bad: Over 50 years, saturated fat was demonized by one study and health professionals across the world jumped onto the bandwagon to do away with saturated fat. This is quite possibly the most disturbing nutrition lie in the media. The result, a diet richer in carbohydrates and grains, and the introduction of unhealthy fats.
The study included nearly 350,000 subjects. The result? There is no evidence that saturated fat is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, or coronary heart disease.
TRUTH: Saturated fats are good for you and critical to your body’s function!
SOLUTION: Incorporate healthy saturated fats into your diet (coconut/avocado/olive/almond oils/nuts and seeds)
Arm yourself with the correct information to be the healthiest YOU possible!
Join me for "Shop With The Doc" to learn more about how you can shop for healthy ingredients to combat these lies.
Saturday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m.
1720 Shoremeade Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464