Food Myths 101
After seeing some very uninteresting posts about food I thought about what might be a good one to get readers' attention. I think busting some of our North American food myths is a good start. This is simply the way I see it and emphasize that this is not qualified medical advise of any kind.
1. Eating fat makes you fat - this is probably the biggest myth about food in North America. Eating fat does not make you fat. Eating a lot of fat can have this effect but you actually need a large amount of fat to have your body functioning in a healthy manner. Remember that everything you eat has to travel through your stomach and intestines before it gets anywhere else in your body and you will soon realize that eating fat is really just a good source of energy. You are more likely to put on weight from eating excessive sugar and carbs than eating excessive amounts of fat. The real problem is animal fats cause clogged arteries.
2. We need animal protein to have a healthy body - The number of vegetarians and vegans is growing by percentage every year. Why? Because it is much more healthy, so this by default should dispel this myth. There have been many studies showing this but our governments cannot support this without losing a lot of animal based economy. I believe that we, as mammals, have not fully evolved into being animal consumers. We evolved on a mainly plant based food source and now we are seeing the issues with becoming animal consumers before our bodies can adapt. So have a steak as a treat, but avoid thinking of it as part of your diet. Moderation is the key with food, our bodies can handle a lot when we don't overwhelm it.
3. Three meals a day is the best way to eat - Three meals a day is actually probably the most damaging myth we have to deal with. We should eat when we are hungry and proportion what we eat accordingly. The most healthy and easiest way to lose weight is to snack on a large variety of raw whole vegetables all day long and never allow yourself to get really hungry. My ex-wife cured herself of hypoglycemia by eating six times a day so I have seen this work for actually reversing health problems. Snacks, not meals, is beneficial to your body. Large meals over fill your stomach and force your digestion system into take over mode. How can that be healthy??
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