5 nutrition facts you need to get straight

5 nutrition facts you need to get straight

It’s so hard to get everything right when it comes to making food choices. Luckily we're here to help you navigate your way around some of those confusing food messages.

Too many eggs are bad

Did your mother ever tell you that eating too many eggs would “bind you up”? Have you been scared into thinking that you shouldn’t eat too many as they are so high in cholesterol? Well we’re here to bust those myths.

Eggs contain a high amount of good cholesterol, or what is known as HDL, and they’re high in protein and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Studies suggest that it’s ok to eat three whole eggs a day. So get cracking!

Vegetable oils are healthy

The word vegetable may well be lulling you into a false sense of security here. Vegetable oils go through many processes, and tend to contain very large amounts of polyunsaturated fats and omega-6.

We need different types of fats in our diet, but in the correct proportion. It seems that excess consumption of polyunsaturated fats and omega-6 can disrupt the structure of our cells and increase the chances of heart disease and inflammatory diseases.

Meat is bad

We’ve been told so many times that eating red meat in particular can be bad for us, but this is an argument with many sides.

We were designed to hunt for meat in the early caveman days, and our bodies were designed to cope with this. We would also have had to hunt for the meat – perhaps for days on end. So eating meat every day is where the problem arises.

Not only is reducing meat consumption good for the environment, but it does your body good to have a rest from too much meat.

That said, meat has health benefits. It's a high source of protein and iron, assuming it's organic and sustainably-sourced meat. If the cost of organic meat puts you off, you could try eating less of it but ensure when you do, it's top quality.

All calories are equal

100 calories of chocolate bar is not equal to 100 calories of fruit. It’s as simple as that! Processed sugars can give you a short term energy boost, but make the blood sugar spike before crashing – leading in some cases to hypoglycaemia.

Foods such as simple carbohydrates – pasta, potatoes, fruits and veg, give a more steady release of sugars into the blood. Far better to make those healthy choices.

Eating fat makes you fat

There is such a thing as healthy fats. Foods high in calories including avocados, bananas, nuts, and milk might all be high in calories, but they are all beneficial to health in various ways.

Fats from cakes, biscuits and chocolate is what will pile on the pounds. If in doubt, eat fresh and avoid any convenience foods.


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Michael A.
5 December 2017

Michael A.

I try to use butter or coconut oil rather than sunflower oil, as I learned about this omega-6/3 imbalance years ago and it's one of those things that is really easy to adjust in your diet.

Paula C.
30 November 2017

Paula C.

I don't think most meat is good for us, so I do what you suggest and buy organic (or free range) and just have less of it. I don't tend to have big slabs of steaks etc, but just thin slithers of chicken to put into wraps and stir fries, so you don't need so much then.

Claire H.
29 November 2017

Claire H.

I still hear conflicting things about eggs, so that article is interesting. Not sure even I would get through 3 a day though.

Simon J.
29 November 2017

Simon J.

I love a good mythbust - and that is just what we have here. Didn't know 3 eggs a day was okay though, really good news!

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