Nutritional Myths

Nutritional Myths

1. Cereal Is Good For You

This is what we have been told for many years now however there is now a considerable amount of evidence to prove quite the contrary. Cereals i.e. wheat, oats, rye, corn, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa can cause diseases such as diabetes type 2, heart disease, high blood pressure, gout, acne, cancer, autoimmune diseases, IBS and other intestinal and digestive problems, celiac disease, depression and the list goes on.

2. Fruit Juice Is Good For You

Commercially produced fruit juice is packed with sugar. So make your own.

3. Sunflower Oil And Spreads Are Good For You

These together with other alternatives to butter elevate the dietary omega 6 to omega 3 ratios to its current and damaging value of ten to one and can have the same damaging effects on your body as cereals. Organic butter, Extra Virgin olive oil and coconut oil are the healthy way.

4. Artificial Sweeteners Are Better Than Sugar

Saccharin and aspartame are damaging chemicals.

5. You Should Eat More Carbohydrates Than Protein

Carbohydrates in the form of cereals, bread, rice, pasta and potatoes etc are NOT good for you. Vegetables particularly green ones are the best type of carbohydrate you can eat as they are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Ideally your diet should consist of 50% protein and 50% carbohydrates. Portion size is the size of YOUR fist.

6. Too Much Protein Is Bad For You

Too much of anything is bad for you! Protein is the best satisfier of the brain’s appetite centre and raises your metabolism and curbs your hunger. It lowers total blood cholesterol and increases good cholesterol thereby eliminating excessive cholesterol. It stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and some cancers. It maintains, repairs and grows body tissue and is the basis of hormones, antibodies, carriers of oxygen, fat and other substances in the blood.

7. Fat Is Bad For You

Fat is good for you! Carbohydrates provide you with energy and so does fat particularly in the form of oily fish. Fat provides immune function, reduces inflammation and maintains water balance. It turns off fat storage genes and lowers blood pressure and stress levels.

8. Peanuts Are Good For You

Peanuts are a legume not a nut and contain substances that can promote allergies, auto-immune and heart disease.

9. Bottled Water Is Better For You

This is a complete and utter con! Obviously if you are in a country where the water isn’t safe then please do drink bottled water.

Don’t be fooled, make intelligent choices and cook from scratch.