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Top 10 Unhealthy Food Myths

Posted Feb 21 2010 11:17pm

When you are trying to eat healthy, you will most likely come across some information that isn’t factual. These top 10 food myths can actually cause you to eat unhealthy, despite your best efforts. Make sure that you know the facts about food.

top 10 food myths

The Unhealthiest Top 10 Food Myths

Myth #10 – If it’s fat free, it doesn’t have any calories. The fact is that fat free does not in any way mean calories free, and even if it says that it is fat free, it probably still has minute traces of fat in it. Choosing fat free foods is a better choice, but it doesn’t give you license to go ‘hog wild.’

Myth #9 – Carbohydrates should be avoided. This isn’t true at all. In fact, a balanced diet – a healthy diet – will include carbs, but they will be eaten in small quantities.

Myth #8 – Certain foods burn calories. This is a myth. Muscle can burn calories. Exercise burns calories. Just breathing burns calories. Foods do not burn calories.

Myth #7 – You must avoid processed foods. You must eat all foods, including processed foods, in moderation. The truth is that you don’t have to avoid any food at all. It’s only a matter of how much you eat of those foods that count.

Myth #6 – Nuts will cause you to gain weight. Nuts are actually needed in a healthy diet. As with anything else, if you eat too many of them, you will gain weight. Otherwise, add them to your diet, and enjoy all of the benefits of a wide variety of nuts.

Myth #5- Red meat should be avoided. Red meats should be limited, not avoided. There is nutritional value in red meat, just as there is in other foods. However, red meat has been associated with other health problems – when it is eaten all of the time, or in great amounts…just like other foods.

Myth #4 – If a food has zero calories, you can eat as much as you want of that food. First, there are many scientists who don’t believe that any food could have absolutely no calories at all. Second, if you eat too much of anything you will gain weight – no matter how many calories it has. All things in moderation.

Myth #3 – All foods you eat should be low calorie. This is false. Depending on your activities, you may need to eat some higher calorie foods. It’s also essential to understand that the human brain does not handle denial very well, and when you deny yourself foods that you love, you are setting yourself up to fail. Again, eat in moderation.

Myth #2 – Eggs are not healthy.  Eggs are not healthy if you eat too many of them. An egg a day is actually very good for you, because it is full of protein. Poached eggs are the healthiest.

Myth #1 – Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs. Brown eggs have the same nutritional value as white eggs. The eggs are brown or white depending on the breed of the hen that laid the eggs, and this is the only difference.

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