You’re always hearing about what to eat and what not to eat. But sometimes, some of the foods that may seem bad might actually be good for you. Here are the 5 myths that you should avoid when it comes to your diet.
- Carbohydrates make you gain weight. Carbohydrates are the biggest supplier of our bodies’ fuel. Of course, carbohydrates that are highly processed like white flour turn to sugar. Instead, look for carbs that have 100% whole grains, such as quinoa, oatmeal, and wild rice. Also, be sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to get the carb’s benefits.
- Fat is always bad for you. Believe it or not, fat helps with vitamin absorption, cushions our organs, protects our cell membranes, provides shine to our hair, skin, and nails, and well, makes food taste good. So if you exclude fat from your diet you could be missing out on a lot of benefits. Avoid the unhealthy saturated fats, such as trans fats, which heighten cholesterol. Instead, look for healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, olive oil, oily fish, seeds, and so on! Also be sure to try and bake, poach, and steam your food for a healthy alternative to frying.
- You should avoid snacking. When you think of snacks, Oreos, Goldfish, and some other fan favorites come to mind. But if you bring healthy snacks into your diet, they may actually be good for you! Snacks help prevent a drop in your blood sugar, which causes you to reach for those Oreos. Instead, snack on low-fat yogurt, hummus and carrots, or fresh fruit with almond butter. Keep the portions small and don’t go longer than 3 to 4 hours without eating — This will help you avoid those night time munchies
- Gluten-free is better. Not always. For those with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity, yes, gluton-free is absolutely better. But for the rest of us, eating gluten-free removes, iron, B12, vitamin D, and fiber from our diets. Also, most gluten-free foods aren’t fortified with vitamins and minerals, so be sure to find those elsewhere if your on a gluten-free kick
- Strenuous exercise is the only way to go. Nope. You don’t need to spend an hour on that treadmill to reap the benefits of working out. Even a 15-minute walk is better than nothing. Although exercise is often used just for losing weight, regular physical activity is never a bad thing! For example, being active for only 150 minutes (2 and a half hours) each week can help prevent the risk of heart disease. Exercise also helps your mental and physical well-being and boosts your immune health.
By Aisling Williams
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