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The Worst Nutrition Advice in History

By Sara Butler

Nutrition is a constantly changing landscape. What was said with confidence just a few years ago can now be known to be a bunch of hogwash. There’s a lot of bad nutrition advice floating around out there, mostly due to misinformation. Don’t let some of these poor pieces of advice still continue to fool you!

Throwing Away the Egg Yolk

For a long time, it was thought that the yolk of the egg was terrible for your cholesterol levels. It’s now understood that the egg yolk is where all the important nutrients are located. Plus, dietary cholesterol doesn’t have the impact on blood cholesterol that people once thought it did. Eggs – the whole egg – have incredible benefits for your health. They’re: 

  • Loaded with good protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to be healthy
  • High in choline, a nutrient that supports a healthy brain
  • High in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect eye health

The bottom line is that eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, so don’t throw that yolk away!

Eating Low-Fat

Low-fat diets were once all the rage and even now you can find people who cling to the idea that eating a low-fat diet is the healthiest option. It remains to be demonstrated that saturated fat can be linked to heart disease, so eating a low-fat diet doesn’t seem to have any impact on the prevention of heart disease.

What it does have an impact on is the health of people with diabetes, obesity, or some types of metabolic syndrome. Recent studies have found that low-fat diets can have a negative impact on risk factors for these issues as well as heart disease by raising triglycerides and lowering good cholesterol.

So, don’t worry about going low-fat. Many studies over the years have not shown it to have a positive impact on your health. 

A Calorie is Just a Calorie

This is one that continues to persist today – the idea that all calories are created equal. It’s unfortunately not true. Calories are important, but where you get them is more important since different foods are digested differently and have a different impact on your hormones and metabolism.

Know the facts about nutrition to help you stay healthy!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy, Utah. 

 

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