Nutrition Myths!

There is a ton of information out there on nutrition.  A lot of it is contradictory and has been causing mass confusion.  Let’s look at some of the more common nutrition myths and find out the truth!

5 Common Nutrition Myths

  1. Avoid salt to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Did you know that there isn’t any good scientific study to support this claim?  It is true that lowering your salt intake can cause a moderate decrease in blood pressure but it doesn’t have any effect on heart attack or stroke risk.  The exception of course is if you happen to have a medical condition such as salt-sensitive hypertension.  For the average healthy person salt is not an issue and it’s actually needed in your diet.  Just make sure you’re using a good sea salt and not table salt. The process that makes table salt look the way it does uses toxic chemicals.  Did you know that most table salt has sugar added to it?

  1. Egg yolks increase your cholesterol.

We’ve all heard that egg yolks are high in cholesterol.  Did you know that dietary cholesterol has very little effect on cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people?  Studies have shown that whole eggs actually raise our good cholesterol.  Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat and almost all the nutrients are found in the yolk.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.  Some studies have found an increase in heart attack risk in diabetics who eat eggs.  Also if you’re genetically predisposed to having high cholesterol you may need to limit you consumption of eggs.

  1. Coffee is bad for you.

Did you know that coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet?  Coffee drinkers also have a lower risk of developing such things as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and depression.

Stick to 2-3 cups/day and buy organic beans that you grind right before use.

  1. A high protein diet strains the kidneys and increases your risk for kidney disease.

If your kidneys are healthy, a high protein diet will not cause harm to them.  Numerous studies done on athletes who consume a high protein diet have shown that it doesn’t harm the kidneys.  If you have pre-existing kidney issues you do have to be careful with how much protein you consume, but if you have healthy kidneys a high protein diet is safe.

  1. Low fat foods are good for helping you control your weight.

When you take a natural food and remove the fat the result is terrible texture and taste.  Food manufacturers fixed this by adding a bunch of sugar to these foods.  Excess sugar is incredibly harmful!  Fat that’s found naturally in foods is good for you, just watch your portion sizes.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and unfortunately the manufacturers care more about your money than your health.  When you read the latest nutrition article look for who sponsored the article and ask yourself what they might gain from you believing what they’re saying.

When in doubt go for natural whole foods and learn to listen to your body.