My life and business are intertwined with food; I cook for clients and then cook for myself, in hopes of providing the best and most delicious nutrition- it consumes me you could say. But so often I find the people know very little about whole foods, processed foods and how to make the right choices.
Today’s guest post shares how to live healthy with whole foods and debunks any misconceptions you may have.
With many families striving to be more health conscious and eat more whole foods, it’s important to stay informed about the facts about what is best. Because of all the marketing for both processed and all-natural foods, it’s hard to know what foods are best for our bodies. Here are few myths about healthy eating you should know about:
Myth 1: Low-fat foods are automatically better than whole foods
Many foods are being packaged and touted as healthier because they are low-fat or have no trans-fat. The truth is many fats are beneficial, especially those in avocados, almonds and peanut butter. However, processed foods that are low-fat most likely doesn’t have the nutrients and benefits that you can find in whole foods.
Myth 2: Processed foods enriched with vitamins and other nutrients are healthy choices
The truth is that the same manufacturing processes that cause oils to become trans-fat also degrade the vitamins in food. When artificial, inorganic vitamins are added to processed foods, the body cannot assimilate them. In fact, they may damage the digestive system over time. Getting your daily vitamins from foods that already have them like fruits and vegetables are a healthier option.
Myth 3: Farm-grown foods are intrinsically better
Some processed foods claim they are healthy because some of the ingredients are farm-grown. However, constant, high-volume farming, engaged in by large corporations, can strip nutrients from soil. To replace them, many farms use chemical fertilizers that leach into the foods. Whole foods come from farms that use organic fertilizers. Be sure to look for organic foods when you are looking for farm-grown options because they are not all equal.
Myth 4: Low-calorie processed foods are healthier choices
Healthy eating is not a numbers game. While it is true that excessive calorie intake makes us gain weight, we must consider quality over quantity. Many low-calorie foods offer little nutritious benefits and leave us feeling hungry still. Eating more fiber found in fruits, vegetables and other whole foods will keep your hunger satisfied and give you the vitamins that you need. While it’s important to not overeat, simple counting calories will not keep you healthy. Eating all-natural products, despite the calories, will be a much healthier option for your body.
Myth 5: Processed foods claiming to be “all natural” are healthy
Recently, a major potato chip manufacturer removed all artificial flavors and colors as well as preservatives from its products. It then marketed the chips as “all natural.” The problem is that the food contained genetically-modified organisms (GMO’s). These are biologically-altered crops created to be more drought-resistant, among other things. The problem is that no one really knows what long-term effect these have on human health.
Eating healthy is important for many reasons, so it’s important to take the time to know what is really best for your body. Don’t get caught up in believing these common myths that can affect your health; keep it simple- eat whole foods!