Snacking can have a bad rep, especially when people are trying to follow certain diet plans.
While certain food is not as good for you, especially if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle or lose weight, there’s also a large amount of misinformation or misconceptions about food.
Here are 8 of some of the most common food myths debunked:
1. Snacking is Bad
While many people believe that snacking between meals is a bad idea if they want to lose or maintain their weight, healthy snacking can actually be a major factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Studies have shown that choosing a low calorie snack that also has vitamins, minerals, proteins, and healthy fats is a good way to maintain consistent energy levels and prevent over-eating at meals. Also, small snacks in the afternoon can increase both concentration and performance – making them a great solution.
So now that you know this, when you have cravings for something salty – go ahead and enjoy a snack such as Pretzel Balls. Pretzels can be helpful in maintaining and even losing weight, because they are low in calories, yet make a yummy snack that many children and adults love.
2. Saturated Fats Are Always Bad for You
In the 1960s, doctors began to promote low-fat diets as being better for you and your health, not distinguishing between the “bad” and the “good” fats. In the 1990s and 2000s, this conventional thought shifted towards recognizing that polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are actually beneficial for a healthy heart.
More recently, new studies have shown that not all saturated fats are that bad, and that a diet high in stearic acid appears to lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol, increase healthy cholesterol, and decrease overall plasma cholesterol (Bonanome et al., 1988).
Including coconut oil and cocoa butter will provide a good source of stearic acid, so enjoying a few Asher's Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Coconut Clusters may be a good idea – they contain both coconut and cocoa butter!
3. Skipping Breakfast is a Great Idea When You Want To Lose Weight
If you think that not having breakfast will greatly contribute to your cutting calories and losing weight faster – think again.
As a matter of fact, while eating breakfast does supply calories to your body, it also boosts your metabolism. So not skipping a meal in the morning can actually support your weight loss efforts (Wyatt et al., 2002).
4. Fresh Food is Always Better Than Frozen or Dried Food
While many nutrition experts will tell you that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a healthy choice, this does not mean you need to stick to fresh, straight-from-the-garden produce. When foods are flash frozen shortly after harvesting, they typically contain the same nutrient profile as their fresh alternatives (Vorvick, 2015).
The convenience and cost of frozen or canned foods makes them attractive options, particularly when fresh foods are out of season in your area. Just make sure you carefully read nutrition labels before purchasing frozen or canned foods. Some of these foods have high levels of added sodium or preservatives, which can make them less healthy options. Check out the dried fruit section on our website for healthy options!
5. Organic Food Always Has More Nutrients Than Conventional Food Items
Organic food must be grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, or growth hormones, per the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
However, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions surrounding the organic label on foods at the stores, as many people believe that organic products are by default also more nutritious and healthier than their conventional alternatives.
Studies have shown that there is no difference in the amount or quality of the nutrients found in conventional foods versus their organic alternatives.
6. Nuts Are Unhealthy
While nuts do contain a relatively high number of calories per unit weight, they actually play an important role in a healthy diet.
Nuts contain high amounts of protein and monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health, especially raw or dry roasted nuts.
So enjoy having nuts on salads, blended into smoothies, simply snacking on them, or having nut butters on toast.
7. Eating After 8PM Will Make You Gain Weight
While it does matter when you eat, what matters more is what and how much you eat.
If you eat food rich in calories and you eat it late at night and you don’t get to burn it, you’ll gain weight. And, if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight – even if it’s later in the day.
So if you feel like snacking on peanut butter pretzels or this yummy Primrose Sugar Free Caramel Popcorn as you watch a movie, help yourself to a handful and enjoy!
8. Eating Carbohydrates Will Make You Fat
Not quite! A healthy, balanced diet includes carbohydrates, so don’t feel guilty when indulging, moderately, in certain sweets and candy.
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, and eating carbohydrates such as fruits, veggies and whole grain in moderation does not make you fat. If, however, you consume too many calories, it will likely lead to weight gain.
So go ahead, sweeten up your day with some gourmet dark chocolate – it will also give you a nice dose of antioxidants.
Or, unwrap some Tootsie Pops in assorted flavor and let the good times begin. They are bursting with fresh flavor, and one will nicely satisfy your sweet tooth, guilt free.
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