Misconceptions about Healthy Eating

By Jaimi Jansen
Owner, CORE Pro-Elite Trainer, Santa Cruz CORE

These days it can be difficult to keep up with what’s healthy when it comes to nutrition – one day it’s in, and the next it’s out. That leads many people to have conflicting views and misconceptions when it comes to healthy eating. Here are some of the most common misconceptions people have when it comes to healthy eating:

Frozen fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than fresh ones:

fruit_blackberries_basket_foodWhile experts agree that we should strive to eat fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible, frozen fruits and vegetables are actually the next best option. The reason behind that is because frozen produce is picked at the peak of ripeness, then flash frozen to retain the key nutrients. You can even increase the nutrients in fruits and vegetables by lacto fermenting them at their peak.

Eating fat will make you fat:

salmon-avocado-nutsGranted, you can’t eat donuts everyday and expect to lose weight but choosing the right kinds of fat can actually be beneficial to your health. Choosing foods high in monounsaturated fats and essential fatty acids (think avocado) can actually have cardiovascular benefits. Cholesterol is a necessary precursor to every hormone our bodies make, it is best to obtain this vital nutrient from sources such as free range eggs (see below). Fat is an essential to the human diet, making part of the four macromolecules of nutrition which includes proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. Avoiding fat altogether is one of the biggest mistakes one can make while dieting. It is better to stick to healthy fats than to cut them out of your diet.

Eggs are bad for you:

poached_egg_avocade_toast_cheese_food_health_breakfastEggs have gotten a bad rap for many years, but eggs are actually one of the nutritious foods out there. As mentioned before, cholesterol is a necessary precursor for healthy hormones. Eggs are packed with protein and healthy fats, and the yolks are high in DHA and other essential fatty acids that promote brain health. The egg whites are rich in vitamin D, selenium, iron, zinc , copper, and vitamins B2, B6, and B12. All of which are essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to functions properly. Eggs are also very versatile in the kitchen and can be used in a variety of dishes, eggs whites are often added to protein shakes by bodybuilders as they recognize their nutritious properties.

If you exercise you can eat what you want:

bootcamp-stairs-exercise-workoutIt is a common misconception that if you are a regular at the gym, you can follow up your session with a slice of pizza or sugary coffee. While working out regularly does afford you a certain amount of flexibility with your diet, to see real results you need to be sure to balance exercise with a healthy diet. Food high in sugar and in the wrong type of fats can counteract the efforts of exercise. While sugars and fats are a basic part of the human diet, there are types that can do more bad than good. There is a big difference for example in the sugar contents receive from a soda can as opposed to an apple, they just aren’t processes the same by the body. The refined sugar acts like poison whereas the apple sugar acts like medicine. To get better results, stick to healthy foods regardless of level of exercise, your body will thank you!

You can’t eat late at night:

bed_sleep_rest_window_light_wood_relaxWhat time you eat does not matter nearly as much as what you eat. You can eat dinner at a reasonable time, but if you eat more calories than your body needs or is expending, you will gain weight. Metabolism is far too complicated to simply base it in the times you eat, you can only expect to see your body express the results of what is being fed. To put this a better way, the law of conservation of mass states that matter cannot be created nor destroyed. This is relevant because it is the same in your body. Your can’t expect it your body to build muscle from a diet based primarily on fat. For this reason is important to recognize that what you are feeding your body is the only available raw material it will have build anything. If your diet is high in fat, then it will likely have fat to burn as fuel but also extra fat to store. If your feed it a balanced diet based on good fats and the necessary macromolecules, vitamins and minerals, then your body will surely show it.


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