Three Common Nutrition Myths

Myth #1 Just because it is organic it is healthy, or healthier than regular nonorganic food.

Not necessarily the case, some may be healthier because of less things added to them in the growing process, but the food itself is likely no more nutritious than non organic.

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen is a good place to start if you do want to try and sift through the non sense and buy organic foods that might make a difference.

If it comes in a package, don’t be fooled by the labeling. Annie’s organic mac and cheese is just as highly processed as Kraft mac and cheese, and no more “healthy”.

More often than not, you are better off eating real whole foods, in all their pesticidal glory, than eating anything keto, paleo, low fat, low carb, all natural, made with real fruit, or organic from a package.

Myth #2 Plant Food is more nutritious than Animal Food.

False

Bad science, bad and misleading epidemiology studies that have been cherry picked and used to show causation that does not exist.

The idea that a prehistoric food is the root cause of modern diseases is absurd on its face.

There can definitely be ethical and moral feelings that drive the conversation, fair enough.

But from a health standpoint, animal foods are far superior to plants alone. The sweet spot is probably somewhere in the middle, with a focus on enough high quality protein to support the growth and maintenance of lean muscle tissue.

Same as mentioned above, how things are presented and labeled drives a lot of the public debate on these topics. Money contributes, buys endorsements, and pushes policy.

Myth #3 Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb is healthy.

Carbohydrates are a vital component to living a full and active lifestyle.

Whole, untampered foods are always best from a health perspective.

When you start taking things out of food, other, less nutritious bullshit goes in. The quality of the food gets degraded. It becomes lower in overall calories, but it also becomes lower in overall nutritional density and has less satiating properties.

Which in turn, can then lead to eating more.

Carbs are not the devil.

Fat is not the enemy!

Eating healthy fats will not set the stage for the next cellular zombie apocalypse that spills over your waistline in an attempt to break free from the constraining fabric of your new four way stretch skinny jeans.

Carbs and Fat are energy. Excessive, unused energy leads to excessive weight gain.

Eat real whole foods, adequate quality protein, and exercise more.

- Josh

 

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