Food Myths We All Need to Drop

There are a lot of food myths that we need to drop and never speak of again – really. These myths have kept people from the optimal health that they deserve and the foods that they deserve to eat. There’s nothing that says that you will need to hold on to these myths for life, and getting rid of them will help you lose a lot more weigh than if you have just keep holding onto these food myths.

The first myth is that everyone has to eat grain. Believe it or not, most of the top cereal grains that people turn to (wheat, barley, and rye) actually contain a protein that makes people sick. It’s called gluten, and it’s said that at least 5% of the total US population is at least gluten intolerant and some even have Celiac Sprue Disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the way food is absorbed into the body. So if you’ve ever gotten that tired, heavy feeling from eating breads, you’re going to want to actually cut the gluten out of your diet.

Another myth that comes up a lot is that low carbohydrate foods will lead to a sickly body, not a healthy one. If you’re thinking about cutting down on the carbs you eat from day to day, then you’re moving in the right direction. Increasing your sources of healthy fats — like olive oil, coconut oil and even avocados — can help you lose weight and keep it off. When you eat healthy fat your body will actually want to let go of the stored fat because you’re boosting your body’s overall metabolism. When you don’t get enough fat, you can feel tired and sluggish. If you’re reaching for carbs, you might want to try again as carbs can actually raise blood sugar, causing an insulin response. Insulin is the “master hormone” of fat storage, shuffling away fat instead of releasing it when necessary.

Another food myth is that all sugar is bad for you. While you want to cut down on the amount of sugar that you eat, you’re also missing out on great sources of fiber if you go on a completely sugarless diet. You will still want to eat some fruit if you’re trying to cut down on sugar — it’s a great way to get not only a sweet tooth fix, but it’s also a good way to get your fiber for the day.

There are a lot of other myths out there, but these are some of the strongest food myths that we see floating around. What do you think?

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