Everyone and their brother is an expert these days. If you spend more than five minutes on social media, you’ll be bombarded with opinions on everything from politics, parenting, nutrition, and more. While the Internet is an amazing tool, and social media is a powerful way to connect, both of these items have certainly created their fair share of misinformation.
Unfortunately, some of this misinformation is coming from sources that truly should know better! In fact, many key authorities have given dietary recommendations that are actually harmful to people’s health. All of this conflicting and misinformation can leave people feeling overwhelmed, defeated, and more confused than when they started trying to make healthy choices.
Below we are going to debunk several of the most common nutrition myths. At Gold Coast Chiropractic, we want to help our patients live their healthiest lives possible. We know that solid nutrition advice plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle! Read on to learn more.
Popular Nutrition Myths Debunked
Does fat make you fat?
What matters the most about your fat intake, is their quality and source. Every single person needs some fat in their diet. Fat is an essential nutrient for brain function, hormone production, blood sugar balance, and nutrient absorption.
Not all fats are created equally. Focus on incorporating health promoting fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in nuts, seeds, fish, grass-fed meat, olive oil, and avocado. These are proven to reduce inflammation, lower LDL cholesterol, and even promote weight loss!
Low carb vs high carb?
Low carb diets became one of the latest diet trends approximately a decade ago. However, carbs are an essential source of energy for our bodies. The fact is that the quality of the carbs matter. Also, some people thrive on lower levels of carbs, while others need more to sustain their quality of life.
Empty-high starch carbs lack the nutrition quality of high-fiber carbs that come from vegetables and fruits. When it comes to carbs, focus on incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet, and high quality whole grains!
Is sugar actually bad for you?
Refined sugars offer zero health benefits. Natural sugars which are found in fruits and other whole foods are an entirely different animal.
Added sugars and other sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup are linked to obesity, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and other chronic diseases. Unfortunately, these added sugars are also laden among snacks and foods marketed towards kids! Read food labels carefully. Avoid added sugars whenever possible. Natural sweeteners such as raw honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or even fruit juices can do the job just fine!
How much protein do I really need?
Without protein, our bodies would not be able to regenerate cells. We would not have any energy production. Our hair, skin, and nails would be brittle. Bottom line? Protein is important.
In order to find the perfect protein amount for your body, you should consider what body type you are after. Body builders are clearly going to need to consume more protein than someone just wanting to maintain a healthy diet ratio.
While the CDC and other organizations offer their own opinions on how much protein a man or woman needs in their diet each day, we recommend reaching out to a nutritionist or dietician who can help you pinpoint an exact amount to shoot for each day. They will take your lifestyle, exercise routine, and goals into account!
Should I avoid dairy?
Did you know that 30 to 50 million American adults do not have the right enzyme to properly digest lactose? Most dairy eaters experience some level of adverse response to the food group, even if they cannot directly place the symptoms to their dairy consumption.
Many suffering from acne, inflammation, eczema, gas, digestive pains, upset stomach, and more have found incredible relief from removing dairy from their diets. If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, it may be worth removing dairy from your diet to see if it helps!
Are all calories created equal?
NO! Even more so, if you are thinking of calories in terms of ways to lose weight, science shows that calorie counting is no longer king. Restricting calories doesn’t typically point people towards choosing healthier foods. If you’re looking to improve your diet, choose healthier, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains, as well as clean, lean proteins.
Is red meat a no no?
When it comes from a quality source, red meat is loaded with nutrients. These nutrients include B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating only red meat as your protein source in your diet is not ideal, but in the correct portions and from quality sources, red meat can be your friend!
Gold Coast Chiropractic Cares About Your Health
Dr. Paul Fisher of Gold Coast Chiropractic cares about more than just his patients’ spines. He knows that the body is incredibly ornate, and it functions at its best when it is properly fueled and maintained.
Nutrition plays a key part in fueling the body. By helping patients stay educated with the latest news and information in the realm of nutrition, Gold Coast Chiropractic believes it is helping its patients live the best life they can.
Whether you have landed on this page in search of nutrition counsel, or are looking for other healthy, natural, and safe ways to boost your overall wellness, we are so glad you are here.
Gold Coast Chiropractic offers its patients a safe, natural, and effective way to treat pain, optimize wellness, boost immunity, and take control of their health! Contact us today to schedule your consultation or appointment. We look forward to working with you!
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Chicago, Illinois 60610