Nowadays, clever (but also deceitful) marketing can make understanding what to eat and drink difficult. We are constantly fed stories about miraculous foods that help us lose weight fast, recipes for thorough detox of your systems and so on, but not everyone who promotes such information is a specialist in the field of nutrition, therefore not everything we hear is necessarily true. Nevertheless, we are often left confused about what is myth is what is reality when it comes to healthy eating.
So here are some healthy eating myths debunked:
- Potatoes are bad for you – Chips, crisps and wedges covered in processed flavorings give potatoes a bad reputation. But potatoes are in fact a good source of vitamin C and fibre, and can play an important role in your diet, especially when cooked without salt or fat, according to NHS.
- Skimmed milk is better – Skimmed milk has been seen as an important part of a drive against saturated fat and its links to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But a new study challenged such beliefs. It found that full-fat milk did not cause greater risk of developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
- Juice is 100% fruit – Drinks, especially those with healthy-sounding names, can easily deceive you into thinking they’re pure fruit juice. However, if you check the packet and find ingredients such as artificial flavorings or added sugar, you can start to doubt the healthy potential of suck a drink, for such ingredients outweighs the benefits of any fruit inside.
- Sushi is always healthy – The idea of plain rice covered in fresh, raw, fish or wrapped in unseasoned seaweed makes sushi sound as healthy as it gets. But there’s more to it than that. The white rice is in fact a refined carbohydrate, so it takes less time to digest, and can therefore deliver a spike in blood sugar and leave you more likely to want to eat more later. Also, the sauces used to season sushi are high in sugar, or dipped in high-sodium soy sauce.
- Gluten-free food is the healthier choice – Gluten-free has recently become, for some people at least, a synonym for healthy. However, researchers warn that unless you are a coeliac (person that is hypersensitive to gluten) you should not cut off gluten from your diet completely, for it can lead to an cause a deficiency in vitamins, minerals and fibre.