8 Popular Food Fibs
Why are there so many facts and misconceptions about food? Maybe because food is so very vital to our survival. Some make no sense. Others seem plausible. But what are the real facts…and fictions?
1. Some foods are good for your health, and others are just plain bad.
Why It’s Fiction: According to most experts, there really is no such thing as a 100% good for you or bad for you food. If you’re healthy and active, your body can make use of a wide variety of nutrients, even refined sugar and saturated fat. The real issue? How much of a food you’re eating. Even if you eat too much of something very healthy, like fruit, it can create health and weight problems. If you eat in moderation, you’ll find a healthy balance of nutrition without sacrificing food enjoyment. Go ahead and eat a serving of chips – just not the whole bag.
2. Only fresh, not frozen, produce is nutritious.
Why It’s Fiction: Did you know that the second a fruit or vegetable is picked off the tree, bush, etc., it begins to lose nutrients? Also, those “fresh” foods at the grocery store can actually be several weeks old before it even reaches the store, and your kitchen. Most frozen vegetables, however, are flash frozen so quickly after they’ve been picked that many of their natural nutrients are preserved. Frozen veggies can cost much less, too
3. Packaged & Processed = Bad
Why It’s Fiction: Yes, many packaged foods deserve their bad reputation: they’re filled with extra calories, sodium, sugar and devoid of actual nutrients. But not all these foods are the same. Just think about it? Frozen veggies, brown rice, soymilk and lean cuts of meat all come in packages, and they can be great for you. Instead of automatically stamping “bad” on all packaged and processed food labels, read those labels to judge their quality. Look for items that are served in appropriate portion sizes, contain high quality ingredients, and are low in sugar and sodium.
4. As long as you take your vitamins, it’s okay to not eat healthy.