There is so much information about healthy eating out there, we bet you already know a lot. Particularly, if you are conscious about your food, you are a walking encyclopedia on food-related issues. Is it possible that there are still facts about healthy eating you may not know? Let’s find out together.
‘No sugar added’ is not a good sign
We hear often enough how bad too much sugar is for us, you might be trying to ration yourself or your family to keep within ‘healthy’ limits. However, food items with the ‘no sugar added’ disclaimer are not always a good option either. Many times, food items proudly wearing this claim have been sweetened with other sweeteners - unnatural and unhealthy sweeteners. They give your body so much work to do just trying to digest them and might be much worse than notoriously bad sugar.
Carbs are not all bad
The media and leading social media influencers might have told you that carbs are the enemy, and they are not completely wrong. However, eliminating carbs from your meals completely may be counterproductive; because we are not all the same and some people feel a complete lack of energy from cutting carbs out of their diet altogether. If eaten in the right proportions and frequency, carbs provide the slow-release energy you need. The key is to choose the right carbs and eat them in moderate quantities.
Raise a red flag for ‘Unnatural natural flavours’
If it is not natural, it is not natural. Realistic flavors that are created unnaturally are a complication you do not want to add to your diet due to the level of processing and additional additives needed to make foods taste ‘natural’. It’s better to avoid or limit them in your diet where possible.
Low fat does not always equal healthy
We agree that fat contains more calories per gram than any other nutrient and is often blamed as a major culprit in cases of unhealthy eating or obesity. However, not all fats are bad, there are actually fats that your body needs. There are in fact good fats, anti-inflammatory in nature and often helpful for cardiovascular health. What to do is replace the bad fats with the good fat without overdoing it. Foods labelled low-fat might may be hiding excessive levels of salt and other not so healthy ingredients. The best option is to eat your good fat in the most unprocessed way possible.
There’s no perfect diet for everyone
Blanket statements like ‘it works for everyone’, or ‘no one should eat that’ often do more harm than good. Everyone is different and so are our dietary needs. Looking to get on a diet? Be sure what your goal is. Are you looking to lose weight, gain weight, boost energy, reduce gas, or generally stay healthy? Next, we advise you to discuss your goals with our nutritionist who can guide you into picking the right diet.
Are there other not so popular facts we are missing? Do share with us, we love hearing from you.