Think low-fat is good and animal fats are bad? Or that agave syrup and soy are healthy options? Think again. Read all about the food lies that could make you sick and fat.
10 Healthy Food Lies That Could Make You Fat
1. Coconut oil will make you fat.
Remember in the 1990s when movie popcorn was vilified because it was cooked in ? Consumers were up in arms about the saturated fat content and demanded that vegetable oils be used instead. While was used – it was a hydrogenated form that’s highly processed.
Organic coconut oil is actually an excellent cooking oil with a high smoke point. It’s high in medium chain triglycerides, fatty acids that boost metabolism. Coconut oil can also help to curb appetite. Keep reading How Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight.
2 Skim milk will help you lose weight.
Actually, skim milk is a by-product that’s leftover when the cream is skimmed off milk. Skim milk was used to fatten up livestock. And unlike full-fat milk, skim milk has virtually no nutritional benefit. Keep reading the 6 Secrets You Don’t Know About Skim Milk and 5 Reasons to Ditch Low-Fat Dairy.
3. Organic milk is healthy.
Despite popular belief, cows that produce organic milk are not grazing outside in pastures year-round. If fact, the USDA rules stipulate that organic cows must graze on organic pastures for the grazing season – at least 120 days a year – and receive at least 30% of its nutrition from pastures (during the grazing season). Otherwise, organic cows must have year-round access to the outdoors and get feed that is 100% organic.
That still means organic cows could be eating more grains (albeit organic grains) rather than grass – and there’s no stipulation on how long or how often organic cows should have access to the outdoors. Milk from organic cows that are 100% grass-fed have more vital nutrients, such as omega-3s, vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin K2.
In addition, organic milk is still pasteurized – which kills much of the digestive enzymes and beneficial nutrients found in raw milk. Read more on the 4 Myths of Organic Milk.
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4. Agave syrup is a healthy, natural sweetener.
Agave syrup – even organic and all-natural brands – are highly refined and processed. They also contain more fructose than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and can cause a number of health problems, such as high cholesterol, raised blood pressure, insulin resistance, metabolism issues and weight gain. Keep reading 6 Reasons to Avoid Agave Syrup.
5. Soy is good for you.
Think soybeans and soy-based products are healthy? Think again. Soy is usually derived from GMO sources and heavily refined and processed. In addition, soy contains anti-nutrients that can reduce the assimilation of minerals, cause growth issues, linked to hormone and fertility issues, and has been linked to some cancers. Keep reading 12 Reasons to Avoid Soy.
6. Avocados will make you fat.
While they are high in fat, avocados are high in monounsaturated fats. These fats do you not make you fat. On the contrary, they can help to maintain a healthy weight. Avocados are also full of fiber (about 40% of your daily value in just one cup) – which can help with weight maintenance.
Avocados are chock full of vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and pantothenic acid, and have shown to lower bad cholesterol, cut the risk of metabolic syndrome and provide cancer protection. Read more on 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Avocados.
7. Animal fat is bad for you.
Animal fat was used for cooking and frying for centuries until it became unpopular starting in the early 1900s. Why? Cottonseed oil (a byproduct of cotton production that was once considered garbage) was marketed to consumers as a healthy oil over animal fat. Even McDonalds replaced the beef tallow in their french fries for vegetable oil after consumer demand in the mid-1990s.
Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Lard (rendered from pig fat) and tallow (rendered from beef fat) are saturated fats – which are actually good for you. Saturated fats are shelf stable, can be cooked at higher temperatures (that means lard and tallow are great for cooking and frying) and high in essential fat-soluable vitamins (A, D and K2). Read more on The Definitive Guide to Saturated Fat and Top 3 Reasons You Should Be Eating Lard.
8. Vegetable oils are better for you.
As mentioned in #7, cottonseed oil is a by-product that was once considered waste and then later refined (and marketed) as a healthy oil. Like cottonseed oil, other vegetable oils – including soybean, canola, grapeseed, etc. – are derived from GMO sources and heavily refined and processed to produce. These are not oils that can easily be made at home – and they are unnatural, man-made fats. For instance, olive oil can be made at home with cold pressing. Lard and tallow can easily be rendered from pork and beef. Not the case with vegetable oils.
In addition, vegetable oils are high in omega-6 and partially hydrogenated – which has been linked to inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autoimmune issues, high cholesterol and more. Keep reading The Dangers of Soybean Oil.
9. Cereal is a healthy breakfast option.
Most Americans consider breakfast cereal to be a healthy option for breakfast as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. But the truth is that most boxed cereals in stores are loaded with sugar, GMOs, pesticides, artificial colors and preservatives. Even so-called “all-natural” cereals are nothing more than clever marketing – still loaded with GMOs and pesticides AND usually a heftier price tag compared to other cereals. Read more on the 8 Unhealthy Truths About Breakfast Cereal.
10. Eat a banana if you have leg cramps.
Got leg cramps? Chances are someone told you to eat a banana or get more potassium. But actually what’s likely happening is you’re deficient in magnesium. In fact, most Americans are deficient in magnesium and many health care practitioners aren’t aware of the signs of magnesium deficiency.
Common symptoms include leg cramps, headaches, insomnia, body odor, chronic constipation, fatigue, PMS, nausea, vertigo and more. And here’s the kicker – for children the signs of magnesium deficiency are hyperactivity and ADHD-like symptoms. Read more at Magnesium: Why You Need It and 5 Ways to Get More of It.
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