A lot of us love eating healthy, but how can we know for sure that what we are eating is actually healthy? With all sorts of myths and misconceptions being spread around by “experts,” as well as labels that are hard to understand, it’s easy for any one of us to be fooled when it comes to buying groceries.
Here are some basic nutrition facts to help us get started in understanding how to have a healthy diet:
It’s not necessary to eat small, frequent meals
If you’re doing this for weight loss, you should know that small, frequent eating has no drastic effect on your health goals. What is actually more effective is eating when you’re hungry and knowing when to stop.
In replacement with the small frequent feedings, you might want to slow down a bit when eating. Try to savor the food, taste every bit and even try to converse while having a good meal. Eating slower makes you feel full faster.
Here’s a tip: after eating a full meal and you feel like you’re craving for more, try to pause for at least 20 minutes. Some studies claim that it actually takes 20 minutes for your brain and body to distinguish that you’re actually full.
Eggs yolks are not actually the enemies
There is a common misconception that eating too many eggs, especially the yolks, is bad for your health.
But recent studies reveal that cholesterol from eggs actually doesn’t raise blood cholesterol in the majority of people. Good news, right? But as with anything we must all learn to eat certain things in moderation.
It’s time to slow down on sugary drinks
And this doesn’t just mean soft drinks, iced teas, or iced coffees. Sadly, fruit juices are also included in this list. Don’t get us wrong, some fresh fruit juices or shakes can be a healthy alternative in moderation, as they still contain a good amount of vitamins and anti-oxidants. But fruits still contain a lot of sugar, so it is advised that we consume it as a periodic part of a balanced diet.
What makes sugary drinks more dangerous than solid food is that we chew, swallow, and digest the latter, letting our brains go through all of the necessary digestion processes. When our body takes time to digest food, our brains send us a signal that says, “Okay, you’re full, you have to stop eating.”
When you’re drinking your sugar, you won’t know it’s time to stop until you’re bloated and full of sugar. In other words, your body won’t have as many signals from your brain to let you know it’s time to stop.
Low-fat milk isn’t always the best for you
Skim lattes are a popular alternative at your local coffee shop. But you might want to think twice before grabbing that low-fat version of that milk you love. For one, our bodies need fat, and the fats found in milk are “healthy fats.”
Another reason to be weary of low-fat milk is that it contains more sugar than whole fat milk. To compensate for the loss of richness or creaminess in low-fat milk, manufacturers compensate by adding other unhealthy alternatives like sugars and additives.
Say no to weight loss supplements
Most of us have at least tried a “weight loss” supplement in our lifetime. Whether it be in capsule form, powdered tea or coffee that you drink a few hours or minutes before you eat, you name it!
But after all of these supplement intakes, do we actually lose weight? The main weight-loss tool is still eating a balanced diet and working out regularly. Let’s not put all of our faith in a magic pill or drink that promises to (miraculously) burn all those unwanted fats! Because the reality is, even if you lose weight on these supplements, it’s not sustainable. We’ll most likely gain the weight back as quickly as we lost it.
There are still a lot of nutrition facts out there that should be common knowledge, but they aren’t because big companies do a great job of hiding them from us.
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SOURCES: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-nutrition-facts-that-should-be-common-sense?fbclid=IwAR3zF2bTgl1jCN8ZI63QBH89z4ghlBkpVKFQf03BP_KrcbllCT7uNWm3nsY, https://www.livestrong.com/article/480254-how-long-does-it-take-your-brain-to-register-that-the-stomach-is-full/