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Forget These Nutrition Myths

By Sara Butler

Nutrition advice seems to change constantly. Once upon a time, you were told to avoid all fat -- now you know that certain fats are actually healthy. Same goes with carbohydrates, which have become the outcast of nutrients.

The world of nutrition is fast-paced, which is why it's important to stay up-to-date on all the information you can. Here are a few nutritious misconceptions that you need to know the truth about.

Myth No. 1: Eating Clean Should Be Done by Everyone

The idea of eating clean may conjure up ideas of virtuous, sustainable eating that leaves your body functioning at its very best as you run through a field of wildflowers. The problem with clean eating is that there's no real definition behind it -- which means there are no real guidelines to follow to help you know what to do.

If you really want to eat clean, then you should cut out processed foods and eat as many whole foods as you can get your hands on. Any food that is whole or minimally processed will be healthier for you than processed foods, so think about eating real food instead of simply eating clean and you'll be on the right path.

Myth No. 2: Fat is Bad

This is one nutrition myth that has been around for a while and doesn't seem to want to go away. Many people still associate eating fat with an unhealthy lifestyle when that's actually not the case at all. The bottom line is this: Eating fat doesn't make you gain weight.

In fact, your body needs a certain amount of fat to function optimally. Fat needs to be eaten in conjunction with some vitamins, such as Vitamin D, to help you absorb the nutrients correctly and fully. If you're trying to get fit, then fat also helps you to reach your fitness goals.

Of course, this doesn't mean you should go out and reach for all the cakes and deep-fried foods you can get your hands on. The type of fat you eat is important. Healthy fats such as the type found in avocados are good for you, while unhealthy fats such as the kind found in that deep-fried tenderloin you ate last night are not.

If you have questions about nutrition, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today for more information. 

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

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