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Common Sense Nutrition Facts

By Sara Butler

There are some things that seem as if they should be common sense, but in reality, they are anything but. When it comes to nutrition, there is so much outdated info and misconceptions out there that it can be difficult to know the facts. Here are a few pieces of nutrition advice that should be known as common sense facts but aren't!

Trans Fats are Bad, M'kay?

There is no amount of trans fats that are suitable for human consumption. That's right, zero. Zilch. Nada.

They are made by applying high pressure, heat, and gas with a metal catalyst to liquid vegetable oils, making them solid at room temperature. They are incredibly bad for your health since they can dramatically increase your risk of developing heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

The Food and Drug Administration has banished trans fats from foods starting last year, but you'll need to be aware of them through 2020 since some foods made before the cutoff date are still out on shelves. Be on the lookout!

Eggs Are Super Healthy

There was a time when the humble egg, or more specifically the humble egg yolk, was demonized as unhealthy. Since then studies have actually shown that the cholesterol in eggs likely won't impact your cholesterol levels. In fact, eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, providing a lot of nutrients without a lot of calories.

Fruit Juice Isn't Really Better Than Soda

You may think that fruit juice is healthy because it comes from fruit and hey ... fruit is healthy! But that's not the case at all. Fresh fruit is good for you but that's because in eating fresh fruit you're also eating fiber. When you drain the juice from fruit and remove the healthy fiber, you're basically getting all the sugar without anything to help dilute it. In fact, one cup of orange juice has as much sugar as two entire oranges and it won't leave you feeling full.

Avoid fruit juice and stick to whole fruits instead.

Being Healthy is About More Than a Number

Many people agonize over the number on the scale, but the truth of the matter is that your health is more than a number. Focusing on your weight is counterproductive. Instead, focus on your health. Get your body moving daily with exercise and eat a healthy diet to be healthy.

If you have questions about nutrition, your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic is an excellent resource!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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