The food industry has a lot of clout. They dispense a ton of information through paid advertisements, articles, and even through the government. Just because you hear something over and over again doesn’t make it true. And unfortunately, much of what you hear is marketing material and not anything based upon real science.
Let’s take a look at some of the myths you may hear:
1. All you need is willpower to lose weight
If all it took was willpower, we’d be a nation of fit and trim people. Although it’s true that for the majority of people, eating less and exercising more does change weight, it’s not quite that simple. Every time you eat something, your body goes into motion.
Your choice of food affects your hormones and the chemicals in your brain and controls how efficiently your body processes the food. Not only do you have to reduce what you eat, you must change what you eat. Foods that are high in simple carbs, such as sugars and white flours, will cause an addictive cycle that is extremely difficult to stop.
2. Eating fat makes you fat
For years, much of the diet food proudly boasted about being fat free. However, science is now showing us that eating fat does not make you fat. In fact, eating a moderate amount of healthy fat is ideal for proper fat loss.
Plus, if you’ve been on the low-fat kick, you need to take a good hard look at the ingredient list on your food. You may find a lot of artificial preservatives and chemicals as well as a high amount of processed sugars.
3. Whole grains are always good
Pass through the bread aisle at the grocery store and you’ll see that the whole grain bread is often two or three times the price of regular bread. This is because the food industry knows you’ll pay more for a label on a package even if that label doesn’t mean much. Because – let’s face it: just because something says it has whole grains doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
The problem is not with whole grains. Whole grains are good for you. But it’s the product as a whole that determines whether it’s healthy or not. Foods with whole grains may also contain artificial ingredients, a lot of white flour and high levels of sugars.
4. Gluten-free is good
The latest fad is gluten free. But unless you have an allergy or been diagnosed with celiac disease, you really don’t need to cut out gluten at all. Many gluten-free foods contain high glycemic starches, such as GMO corn and high levels of sugar.
5. All Natural is good
There is no legal term for “natural”. This means that food manufacturers can make it be whatever they want it to be. Unfortunately, all-natural products could contain GMO products, high-fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, disodium phosphate, artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives and artificial flavorings.
When it comes to food lies, it’s best to be a cynic. Just because there’s markings on the box that states it’s sugar-free, fat-free, gluten-free or contains high amounts of fiber doesn’t make it good. Read your labels and question anything that doesn’t sound like something your great-grandparents would eat.
CATEGORIES: Healthy Foods, Diet Advice, Myths, Food Lies, Marketing Myths