Common Myths About Eating Healthy
Bommanahalli, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
There is a very real struggle in achieving the coveted ‘healthy lifestyle’. In the last few years, there has been a surge of nutrition related information in the sphere of everyday conversation. From the rise of superfoods, to the readily available facts about chemicals in foods, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of what foods are sold as a marketing tactic by the food industry and what are the chemicals present in these foods.
Today, eating healthy is a fad. From clickbait articles, to pseudo-health experts waxing poetic about ways to stay healthy on the internet, it is important to make sure that everyone has their facts straight and false information isn’t being fed to people with the simple intention of wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families.
Here is a list of some common misconceptions that can negatively affect a person’s health regimen:
1. Eating superfoods will keep your diets balanced.
Superfoods have taken over the conversation about healthy eating. These low calorie, nutrient-rich ingredients are the main topic of conversation amongst fitness fads. There is no denying that people benefit from the consumption of these superfoods. However, it is a complete and utter myth that the consumption of these foods will fix your entire lifestyle. They need to be eaten in a balanced way for optimized health pay-offs.
For example, the Indian alternative for the popular superfood kale is cabbage. It contains antioxidants and reduces cholesterol. However, an excess of antioxidants in the body can cause a range of health risks such as hardships in breathing and inability to exercise for an extended period of time.
The sudden influx of superfood related articles must be taken with a few grains of salt. It is important not to go overboard with these ingredients, but incorporate them in your diet in a balanced fashion.
2. Proteins cause Osteoporosis and kidney disease.
The anti-meat industry groups love to perpetuate this myth to propagate their cause of reducing the amount of processed meats in the market. However, in the right amounts, proteins are very beneficial for the body. Proteins can strengthen bones and improve symptoms of diabetes substantially.
Proteins do not have to consumed solely in the form of meat. Foods like nuts, beans, legumes and whole grains are rich in proteins. They reduce health risks like low blood sugar, low immunity, low energy levels, fatigue and bad metabolism.
3. Sugar is bad for your body.
Sugars are viewed as the villain of keeping healthy. They cause obesity, create food addictions and take a hit on the digestive system of your body. However, these facts are only true of refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that are usually present in packaged foods. Artificial sugars can cause a myriad of health risks. Not only are they addictive, they put you at risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.
Several natural ingredients like fruits contain sugars such as fructose that are actually very important in maintaining a balanced diet. These can help regulate blood sugar and keep them normal when consumed in the right amounts. Incorporating these natural sugars in your diet comes with a variety of health benefits. Fresh fruits also provide vitamins and minerals that increase the body's immunity over time.
4. Carbohydrates are bad for your body.
It is a common misconception that carbohydrates cause you to put on weight. Depending on the type of carbohydrate and the amount it is consumed in, they can have a variety of health benefits. Foods containing natural carbohydrates like whole grains like oats and wheat-based breads promote good health by providing the body with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
The struggle is avoiding unhealthy sources such as highly processed and refined carbohydrates found in packaged foods. White bread, pastries, sodas, etc can skew your diet and cause unwanted health issues when consumed in excess. The struggle exists in differentiating natural and processed ingredients. However, it is important to get into the habit of knowing where your ingredients come from. Developing this habit is a solid investment in a healthy lifestyle since it can help you remove as many artificial and chemically enhanced products from your diet.
5. A balanced diet will fix all your health problems
While a balanced diet is a very important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, it needs to come with other changes in one's lifestyle for its proper effect. An optimized diet is of no use without a proper sleep schedule, staying hydrated throughout the day, and maintaining a daily exercise schedule. A combination of all of these health and wellness habits is what comes to the rescue in the long run.
It is important to note that leading a healthy lifestyle needs commitment and dedication. There is a constant flow of new health-related information that comes to light and keeping check of what you incorporate in your life is important. Engaging with the conversation, asking questions and creating good health food plans is a great way to stay updated.