There are many points of confusion when it comes to healthy eating. It can feel as if products go through several cycles between being healthy and then not healthy for you depending on which article you read or expert you trust. But there are concrete myths that have long been debunked by dietary experts, and so within this latest post, we’ll explore five of the myths within the food industry that could impact how you shop at your local health food stores.
1. Nutritional information provides all you need to know about products
While nutritional information can be important for those who are on certain diets and are looking to avoid specific ingredients that can be found in common store products, you also need to consider the recommended serving size for the product. The recommended serving size and the servings per container will give you an idea on whether the product is truly healthy for you or is only healthy if you eat it in smaller portions. Remember that each amount within the nutritional information is per serving, and the container may include several.
2. Wheat bread is a healthy bread option
Many brands are now becoming savvy to the way shoppers purchase their staple products, and they’re shaping their product names based on this information. Wheat bread is a recent addition to local stores, but it’s important that you only buy whole wheat bread if you’re looking for a healthy bread choice. Only whole wheat bread or whole grain bread contain the endosperm, germ, and bran for a full nutritional boost with your sandwiches.
3. Natural is the same as organic
Labeling in health food stores is a serious consideration when completing your grocery shopping. Products that are considered natural are often thought of in the same way as products that are labeling organic. But organic products have to go through a very complex testing process to ensure they meet all the health standards set within the industry. Products simply labelled “natural” don’t have to go through the same process, and could therefore contain almost any ingredient.
4. Cholesterol is found in many plant products and grains
Unfortunately, many companies within the health food industry use tricks to try and get consumers to purchase their products regularly. One of the most common tricks is to place a “No Cholesterol” label on the product. But plant products and grains don’t contain cholesterol, because the product is a fat that only occurs naturally in animals. Placing the “No Cholesterol” label on cereals and other grain and plant-based products is a way for food companies to get consumers to think they’re eating healthily, when in fact they’re falling for a common myth.
5. Eggs are bad for you
While competing studies are still being released, the latest data shows that eggs aren’t as bad for your body as it was first feared. Many experts felt that eggs contributed to high cholesterol levels within the body. But further studies have shown that we actually produce 75% of our cholesterol through the liver, and the liver only produces cholesterol in response to saturated fat, of which there’s a limited amount in eggs. Eggs also have a number of helpful nutrients that can keep you on target toward your dietary goals. For example, you’ll find folate and B vitamins in your fresh eggs at the grocery store.
Make sure you review the myths in this post carefully and take them into consideration next time you’re shopping at the health food store. Keep researching your healthy eating options and only take advice from those with experience in the dietary health marketplace.