Happy #WellnessWednesday! The word myth is defined as “a widely held but false belief or idea.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths revolving around health and wellness. These ideas may stop us from eating or doing things that are actually good for us and needed by our bodies. Let’s go through some of the most wide-spread myths and debunk them:
- Healthy food always costs more – This is something that is widely assumed BUT it is just plain not true. If you go to the grocery store, you will find that the junk food costs a lot more than whole, real foods. Processed foods are cheaper because the ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup, are cheap.
- The less fat I eat, the better – The truth is, there are good fats and bad fats. The good ones, like omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce on its own, help with brain function and development, and some research shows that they can help fight a host of other ailments.
- If it says “organic,” it must be healthy – Organic junk food is still junk food. For example, if you see an “organic” Oreo-like cookie, it is still full of processed ingredients – it’s just that the main components were farmed organically. I cannot stress enough how important it is to read labels.
- Whole-grain products are always beneficial – Products that say “whole-grain” can make people assume that you’re getting a healthy dose of fiber. But just because it says whole-grain can be misleading. Again…make sure to check your labels! You are better off going for actual grains, like rice and quinoa, in order to get healthy fibers and carbs.
Not all myths are untrue. Here are some that you SHOULD listen to!
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – It really IS true! A healthy breakfast can assist with weight maintenance and mental/physical energy. You have probably noticed that a GOLO breakfast is large. This is the reason, don’t skimp out! J
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away – Studies have shown that the polyphenols in apples may protect the brain and assist in keeping away a long list of other ailments. So, add an apple in as one of your carbs for breakfast. (You’ll notice more energy during the day too!!)
- You are what you eat – I’m sure all of us have heard this once or twice. But it actually has some truth to it. Marion Nestle, Ph.D, M.P.H, a professor of nutrition at New York University and author of “What to Eat,” says, “Digestion, absorption, and metabolism convert everything you eat into small molecules that are reassembled to construct your own body parts. So you are made from molecules that were first assembled by the plants and animals that you eat.”
So, if you hear something about health or wellness that you are not sure of, do some research yourself or give us a call. We are here to help you in your journey to a healthier you!! #YourBestYouStartsHere
~Madison, GOLO Coach
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References: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/features/487282-7-health-food-myths-your-mom-got-wrong.html http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Apple-polyphenols-may-slash-inflammation-marker-levels-change-gut-microbiota