Health trends come and go, but there are some that people stick by through and through. Unfortunately, not all seemingly healthy things are actually good for you. In fact, as someone who has struggled with maintaining a healthy relationship with food, I know first-hand the struggle of knowing what is actually good for you and what isn’t. Here are some of the biggest health misconceptions and how they can actually be harming your health.
Granola Isn’t Always Good
I love coconut yogurt and granola. But not all granola is created equally. In fact, most granola sold in your local grocery store is incredibly unhealthy. With so much sugar, you could be eating a ton of calories in just the crunch you add to your delicious yogurt.
However, there are some healthy options out there. Look for raw, sprouted granola. It gives you the nutrients and vitamins you need without all that added sugar.
Energy And Snack Bars
While they can be incredibly convenient, they can be a health nightmare. In fact, when you’re in a rush, you’re probably tempted to grab one of the many varieties of energy bars out there. More often than not, energy bars are just a candy bar hidden behind the facade of a snack bar. Other snacking options that could actually help curb your hunger would be things like fresh fruit, raw nuts, and all natural nut butter.
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From seven grain to 12 grain, we have so many options when it comes to bread these days. How do we know which ones are actually healthy for us? In fact, multi-grain really just means that there are a couple or more grains present in the bread itself. But that doesn’t make it healthy on its own. The fact that the flour itself is refined is what could be hurting your healthy goals.
If the flour is white, it’s then stripped of all the nutrients leaving you with something that is incredibly unhealthy. Instead, look for bread that has 100% whole grains and bread full of fiber. This will ensure that your food provides you with the most nutrients as possible.
Fresh Is Always Better Than Frozen
This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the only thing the frozen section that you should avoid would be ice cream. However, frozen peas are no different than fresh ones. And frozen veggies can save you time and last a long time in your freezer.
When it comes to your fresh produce, they often travel far distances- some can be contaminated with a lot of chemicals. Unless you are buying organic, fresh vegetables might not be the best option when it comes to optimal health. Instead, don’t be afraid to get those frozen veggies and eat them up on the regular.
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Are Eggs Bad For You?
While eggs do contain cholesterol, for those who aren’t vegan, they aren’t bad. The cholesterol in eggs doesn’t actually have a huge impact on raising your blood cholesterol. In fact, the body will simply compensate by manufacturing less cholesterol. But, before you start celebrating with a double-egg and cheese, consider keeping your egg consumption to a low.
Everything in moderation is always okay.
At the end of the day, there is a lot that people confuse with healthy and unhealthy. In fact, for people who struggle with having a good relationship with food, figuring out what healthy foods are actually good for us can be incredibly difficult. When it comes down to it, you should make sure to read labels and understand what you are putting in your body. Having a healthy relationship with food is possible- as I am currently learning- and moving towards a healthy lifestyle is totally possible.