There is a lot of conflicting information going around in the world of nutrition. No one seems to agree on anything, and trying to make sense of it all will make your head spin. One thing is for certain, though. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, if you understand the basics. Here are some things about nutrition you probably don’t know, but should.
1. Seed and Vegetable Oils are Not Healthy
Contrary to popular belief, refined and processed oils such as soy and canola oils are not a healthy choice. Although they come from “natural” sources, they contain high amounts of trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids, which lead to metabolic problems and heart disease when consumed in excess. It’s best to stick with natural fats such as coconut oil, butter and extra virgin olive oil.
2. Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy
Although it’s usually a good idea to choose natural over processed, there are some natural foods that are just as bad, and even worse, than their processed counterparts. For instance, Agave nectar, a natural syrup used in many health foods, contains more fructose and high fructose corn syrup than plain, processed sugar.
3. Fats Aren’t All Bad
It makes sense that eating fat makes you fat. However, the body works in mysterious ways and has the ability to process excess fat quite well. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that eating a diet high in fat but low in carbs leads to more weight loss than one high in carbs but low in fat.
4. Carbs Don’t Make You Fat, Either
While cutting carbs will result in weight loss, there is no evidence that eating a high carb diet of real foods will cause you to gain weight. Look at the Asian culture where rice is a staple – there is little worry about obesity. If you’re eating healthy, you shouldn’t worry about your carb intake – just stay away from processed carbs that include plenty of fiber.
5. Protein is the Key to Losing Weight
If you want to lose weight, forget about all those fad diets that tell you to cut carbs, calories and fat. Instead, increase your protein intake and watch the pounds melt away. A diet high in protein increases calorie burn by eighty to a hundred calories per day. In one study, people eating thirty percent of their calories as protein each day automatically consumed almost 445 fewer calories throughout the day and lost an average of eleven pounds in just twelve weeks.