Welcome back to this blog where I discuss one of my most favorite topics, debunking nutrition myths. It is easy to believe that carbs make you fat because that will give us something to blame. It’s easy to think that eating healthy is expensive because it gives us a reason not to do it. It is easy to think that going veggie or vegan is healthier than eating meat because it makes you believe you’re doing the right thing. It is easy to believe that fat free foods are healthier because it will make you feel better about your choices. It is easy to believe that salt intake is bad for you because it will give you something else to blame when your blood levels are high.
It is easy to believe all of these things because they don’t put the blame on ourselves or the things that are harder to change, but none of these examples are true. We believe these things because they’re easy to change. Cutting out most carbs is easier than sorting out the whole food’s carbs like rice and oats from the processed carbohydrates like cereal and bagels.
These are also the examples we’ll be debunking today. Let’s get into it.
Carbs make you fat
Let’s make a clear distinction here. Sugars are a form of carbs but they don’t make up even close to the majority of the carbohydrates. Let’s take rice for example. 100 grams of rice consists of roughly 35 grams of carbohydrates and 0,1 grams of sugar. On the other side, 100 grams of granola could just cost you 64 grams of carbohydrates and 22 of those are sugars.
Sugars are one of the, if not the leading cause in weight and fat gain. Unprocessed carbs, without any added sugar that are taken in to fill your personal needs are fine. Make sure you notice that I am talking about YOUR needs, not someone else’s. If you start following someone else’s nutrition, it is a recipe for disaster.
Let’s also identify that too much of anything is not good for you. Too many carbs are not good for you just like too much protein or fats aren’t good for you either.
Eating healthy is expensive
I am not going to compare healthy food to ”unhealthy” food here because there is a reason why unhealthy foods are popular, they are cheap. Just because healthy food tends to cost more doesn’t mean it’s expensive. You’re just comparing it to a standard that has been set very low. Sure, you can make your shopping as expensive as you want but you definitely don’t have to.
Buying veggies is probably the cheapest thing to buy, we can all agree that vegetables are healthy right? How about your protein sources? A tray of 12 eggs will cost you about 2-3 pounds. A whole chicken (weighing 1.5 kilos) can cost you around 5 pounds. Not too bad if you think about it?
It is true that the higher the quality of the foods, the healthier it is, the more expensive it is. But you don’t need the highest quality of every single food to live a healthy lifestyle. If you think the quality is worth it (like me) that is great, if you want to buy your chicken from your local supermarket, that is totally fine too.
If you put anything into perspective, we find that a lot of these myths are simply not true. We just have to start thinking about it for ourselves rather than letting someone else do it for you.
Be on the lookout for part 2 next week!
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