Healthy Foods Myths Revealed19 Comments

By SassyChic
Posted on 13 Nov 2010 at 5:33pm

It seems to me that the experts are always changing their minds about what is healthy eating and what is not, so it’s no wonder some of us are confused! I’ve always had a thing about knowing about food and nutrition because I see it as another way of choosing the way I want to look and feel and I can do it by myself. In keeping with this interest, I always feel like what is good today is not so good on another day.

Like many other females, I know much about the off and on dieting patterns and you surely learn much along the way, you soon figure out what works and what doesn’t. FSA (Foods Standard Agency ) has outlined some important points to know about the myths surrounding those infamous diet tips!

Myth 1: Yoghurt is the Perfect Diet Food

Many dieters swear by it, but some yoghurt can be as fattening as ice cream. Avoid yoghurt that contains added sugars or sweetened fruit, as these upset the delicate chemical balance within the yoghurt that allow the essential cultures (part of the yoghurt that are good at increasing immunity to infection, reducing cholesterol). Sugars also feed the growth on unwanted yeasts, so you’re better off without it!

Myth 2: If the product says ‘low fat’ or ‘reduced fat’ then the product will always be healthier choice

To claim that a product is ‘reduced fat’ the amount of fat must be at least 30% lower than standard products. But these types of foods tend to be high in fat and energy in the first place, so the ‘reduced fat’ version can still have quite high amounts of both. This essentially means you’re not necessarily consuming less calories or will reduce your weight.

Myth 3: Skipping Breakfast Will Aid Weight Loss

Breakfast is a very important meal. When we’re sleeping, If you look at this way when we are also ‘fasting’ for an average of about eight hours, so it’s essential to ‘break’ this fast. Although people who skip breakfast catch up on their energy requirements later in the day, they’re unlikely to get all the vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast can provide. And, if we’ve missed breakfast, this tends to make us snack by mid-morning on foods that are high in sugar or fat.

Myth 4: Extra virgin olive oil is the best oil

So in some respect this is also true and false. Fats, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, nut oils, linseed oil etc, are healthier for you. Olive oil is one of the healthiest forms of oil available and it is considerably better for you than more traditional cooking oils. The main benefit of olive oil is that it contains the omega-6 essential fats, which is vital for both cellular and cardiovascular health. Unfortunately all fats and oils are still a high-energy food, and are significant contributors to weight gain.

Myth 5: Breakfast and Cereal Bar are a Healthy Alternative

Cereals are labelled healthy & nutritive and recommended for weight loss. Read the labels and cereals are often high in sugar & salt and their vitamin/mineral content is chemical based. Most of them are also glued together with blood sugar raising ingredients like corn syrup, which add up to overall calorie content.

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  • maame

    ohh yeaahh but i still skip breakfast though :)

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    Adjoa Nbaaso) Reply:

    Same here, I dont really remember the last time I took in my breakfast.Well, in short I hate it.

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  • gossipmama

    Yea, I thought skipping breakfast was great and helps lose weight. Little did I know it was the one making me bloat up like this. Thanks SassyChic!

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  • islander

    how about tips on growing a little bigger-for those of us who are too skinny???

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    maame Reply:

    hehe then the answer for you hun is Mc. Dees lol :)

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    islander Reply:

    dees???

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    maame Reply:

    yeah Mc. Donalds can make you gain 50 pounds in a month boo..

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  • Ms_venus

    Yeah!! There r hardly any articles to help us the really skinny ones out!! Nice article by the way!

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  • sazzy akinola

    unfortunatley there is no article to help slow down a fast metabolism, which is what makes you stay skinny….also unfortunatley i dont think skinny ppl will get much sympathy here lol! other than that more carbs, bread, pasta, potatoes…..but beware it might go straight to your belly.

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    islander Reply:

    thanks!

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    maame Reply:

    lol i knoww right? 

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    islander Reply:

    lol!!

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  • islander

    doesnt work for me! sob sob

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  • marian

    breakfast!breakfast!breakfast!hmmm.no comments

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    marian Reply:

    yes it hard to take in breakfast sometimes.

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    Adjoa Nbaaso) Reply:

    I ddont at all.I prefer to eat in the afternoon.

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  • marian

    I think this piece is really educative.I need more of these.

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    sassychic Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed the post Marian…definitely more to come!

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  • http://www.squidoo.com/yowza-fitness-ellipticals-for-sale Ina Oberle

    Anyway, I enjoyed the topic and maybe to put in a good word, you have a panache.

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