Everyone has found a newfound passion once in a while to become “healthy.” Or, you know, at least a handful of people who are always trying one diet or another. In these lifestyle changes, just like any other, many myths mislead us.
Find out the most popular diet food myths that you can bust right now!
1. Carbs Are Bad For You
Cutting carbohydrates entirely is wrong. They are essential to a healthy diet by providing energy for your whole body. However, it’s best to get carbs from healthy, minimally processed foods. Think fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy. Most of us today tend to eat more refined grains and sugars, which are inadequate sources of carbs— cut them out.
2. A Vegetarian Diet Is An Automatically Healthful One
Not necessarily, it depends on what your vegetarian diet is!
Eating a plant-powered diet can have incredible health benefits. They can range from lower rates of heart disease and diabetes to some types of cancer. However, omitting meat doesn’t give you a “get out of jail free” card regarding nutrition. You can be vegan and eat nothing but Skittles and fries. It’s as much about the foods you eat as it is the ones you don’t.
3. Eggs Whites Are Better Than Whole Eggs
Yikes! Most people don’t know that the yolk contains over 40% of the protein — and more than 90% of the calcium, iron, and B vitamins — in a whole egg. It also contains all of the egg’s healthy fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Plus, that extra fat will help to keep you full and satisfied for longer than you would be with just the whites!
4. Fruit Is Too Much Sugar
The sugars naturally found in fruit come tied up with fiber, which fills you up and blunts the impact the sugar has on your body. In addition to that, you’ll get valuable vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When you remove the fiber (orange juice versus a whole orange), it’s an entirely different story.
5. Always Remove The Skin Before Cooking Chicken
The presence of skin in poultry can increase its caloric value by around 25 to 30 percent. However, the skin can easily be removed after cooking. Baking, broiling, grilling, or roasting poultry with the skin intact helps preserve its natural juices and prevent it from drying out. Cook with the skin on—and then remove before serving.
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