We might be conscious about what we eat, however we do not consider the meaning or purpose behind our actions. Often common knowledge has us believing in things that are truly not healthy. We then wonder why it is difficult to stay in shape, and why we have no energy. To add to that, Healthy diet knowledge is changing every few years with a new “Fad”.
Often, we are being sold truth’s to promote certain industries which do not have our best interests in mind.
To understand the basis of nutrition, we must first consider our purpose. Eating for purpose, will help you reach your desired outcomes whatever that may be. Once you understand what you are trying to achieve you can modify your diet to reach those goals, and to research what the best way to reach that would be. We can eat for energy, to lose bodyfat, to gain muscle, to prevent and fight illness and disease, or to socialize and enjoy.
Knowing why we are eating will help us reach our desired outcomes whatever that may be. Falsely eating something because we are told it is healthy can often lead to confusion.
Strange health practices lead back all the way to:
In Medieval times. In the medieval ages parents would tie rabbits’ feet around their babies’ necks, to ward off illness. Doctors would also spit on wounds because saliva was believed to have healing properties.
Here are 3 Common Healthy Food Myths:
- Drinking Milk everyday is good for you.
- Whole grains, particularly oatmeal is heart healthy.
- Eating Margarine is Heart Healthy, and better for you than butter.
Most Adults cannot properly digest milk
For most of our lives, we have been told to drink milk and that it is healthy. Based on further research, from what we’ve been told this can be seen as being further from the truth.
Most adults cannot properly digest milk, and milk is loaded with sugars that are very difficult for your body to break down. This sugar is lactose, and even though we may think we are okay drinking milk most humans are lactose intolerant to a greater extent. This results in symptoms of nausea, cramps, bloating, and diarrhea .
To add to the common misconception, calcium from cow’s milk is very difficult for humans to absorb. This can be especially true for pasteurized milk which is most readily available for us to purchase. To add to this research has show, that Cow’s milk has been shown to deplete calcium from our bones.
Dairy has even been shown to promote Prostate and Ovarian Cancer. Not to mention promote Acne. Common problems most of our milk consumption promoted society is facing.
For more information check out these articles and look into further researching the effects of Milk in the human diet:
Debunking the Milk Myth: Why Milk is Bad for you and your Bones.
11 Reasons to Stop Drinking Cow’s Milk – PETA.
12 Frightening Facts about Milk
Most human beings are Lactose intolerant: Here is why.
Eating ground-up grains is like consuming sugar
Common knowledge has us believing that eating anything whole grain, especially “Oatmeal” is good for us. Things even go as far as labelling certain Instant Oatmeal products “Heart Healthy”.
Oatmeal is one of the healthiest grains we can consume. However, certain methods of processing Oatmeal are far from healthy. When it comes to Preparing oatmeal most of us are using instant oatmeal, or quick oats. Quick oats have a Glycemic index of 83 which is comparable to that of Rice Krispies, or Sugar. Not to mention when most of us prepare oatmeal we do not eat them plain. Most of the time when oatmeal is consumed people add milk, or sugar which makes the common oatmeal breakfast like dessert.
For more information check out these articles:
What you need to know about Instant Oatmeal and your Heart
Is instant Oatmeal really that bad?
Margarine is far from Healthy
Despite being labelled Heart healthy in grocery stores, Margarine has been proven to contribute to heart attacks. Significantly comparable to those who do not consume margarine, or consume butter.
Recent research has shown that Grass Fed Butter can be seen as a very healthy fat. Grass fed butter can be seen as being high in Omega-3 Fatty acids, rich in Vitamins, and can be seen to raise good cholesterol. Grass fed Butter is even being called one of the Superfoods for your Heart, and is a major source for many heart healthy nutrients.
For more information check out these articles:
Butter Unlikely to harm healthy, but Margarine could be Deadly
Why Grass Fed butter is good for you
Why Grass Fed Butter is one of the Healthiest Fats on the Planet
In Conclusion, it can seen that common knowledge is not always right and that when it comes to taking care of your health further research, apart from mainstream media can be proven to be beneficial. We hope you the best on the Journey to optimizing your lifestyle, and getting the most out of your health.
Thank you for reading
-The Team at Lean On Meals.
Additional References: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/health-vitality/the-truth-about-6-common-food-myths-2/