Top 10 Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told
1: Breakfast is the healthiest meal of the day, and eat many small meals a day
There is a lot of research on the health benefits of intermittent fasting —which is what you are really doing by rushing out of the house without breakfast.
Recent studies suggest that it can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction (seen to dramatically increase life span in animals). Fasting may be helpful to eat less calories. It can also boost your level of human growth hormone production (the “fitness hormone”): as much as 1,200 % for women and 2,000 % for men.
It can help reduce inflammation, improve blood pressure, and increase lean body mass, as well as improve your brain function (by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s).
The advice to “eat six small meals per day” may be logical (portion control, keeping your energy up, stabilizing blood sugar, etc.), but eating this way has not been shown to have these benefits. We seem to need periods of fasting for optimal metabolic function.
Our ancestors after all never had easy access to a grocery store and they went through regular periods of feast and famine.
2: Saturated fat causes heart disease
The 1950s advice to avoid saturated fat prevails in the “food pyramid recommendations”: get 45-65 you’re your calories from carbohydrates, 20-35 % from fat, and 10-35 % from protein. This is however the opposite of an ideal fat to carb ratio.
Most people benefit from a diet where 50-85 % of calories are derived from healthy fats, with very few, if any, carbohydrates. Although that may seem like a lot, fat is very calorie-dense, and so will still constitute the smallest amount, (in volume) on a plate.
In fact, saturated fats from vegetable and animal sources are the building blocks for cell membranes and a range of natural hormones and hormone-like substances, without which a body cannot function optimally. Fats are carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and needed for converting carotene into vitamin A, for absorbing minerals, and for a lot of other important biological processes.
3: High omega-6 and vegetable oils are good for you
Highly processed vegetable and seed oils are some of the worst on the market. They seriously distort the important omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. In a perfect world, this ratio is 1:1, but now, with a “modern diet” it can be 20 to 50 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats. Too much omega-6 fats from processed foods significantly increase the risk for disease.
Many vegetable and seed oils are also genetically engineered, which carries even more health risk.
4: Artificial sweeteners are safe sugar replacements and help lose weight
Nearly all of the studies to date show that artificial sweeteners cause even MORE weight gain than normal sugar. Also, artificial sweeteners can actually be worse than sugar for diabetics.
In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long study showed that diet soft drinks increased the chances of weight gain much more so than regular soda. Sweet taste alone leads to more hunger, regardless of caloric content. Artificial sweeteners appear to perpetuate a craving for sweets, they may distort the body’s natural ability to “count calories”.
The list of health risks of artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, continues to expand.
5: Soy is a health food
A huge percent of world soy crops are genetically engineered. Check this Soy Page.
6: Whole grains are good for everyone
Many believe that whole grains are beneficial. Unfortunately, all grains can elevate insulin and leptin levels, even whole grains—and this increases risk of chronic disease.
Many whole grains also contain gluten, a common trigger for allergies. Subclinical gluten intolerance is far more common than people presume, and symptoms are not always obvious.
7: Genetically engineered foods are safe and same as normal foods
Genetic engineering (GE) of food may be the most dangerous aspect of our world-wide food supply today. Since now more than 90 percent of the corn and 95 percent of the soy grown for food and animal feed in the US, Argentina and a host of other countries are GE, plus crops such as canola, cottonseed (for cooking oil), potatoes, alfalfa (animal feed), sugar beets are also genetically modified, then you can assume that virtually every processed food has at least one GE component.
Most importantly, these crops are saturated with one of the most dangerous herbicides on the market, glyphosate.
This toxic chemical can’t be washed off as it becomes integrated into nearly every cell of the plant, and then gets transferred into yout body.
No one knows exactly what will be the ultimate impact of these foods over the long term. Studies are pointing to increased disease, infertility, and birth defects as the top contenders. The first-ever lifetime feeding study showed a dramatic increase in organ damage, cancer, and reduced lifespan.
Eggs have been demonized because of the misguided belief that cholesterol, such as in egg yolks, will give you heart disease. Eggs are NOT bad for cholesterol levels and are actually one of the healthiest foods you can have.
Best are organic.
9: Low-fat foods prevent obesity
Low fat food is less tasty so it is replaced by high amounts of sugar added.
The base of “a healthy diet” is normal food, grown in a natural way, without genetic tinkering and toxic chemicals. Food that is sprayed with agricultural chemicals, genetically altered, processed, pasteurized and irradiated, and then reformulated with added synthetic nutrients, flavors, additives and fillers, simply cannot replace real food.
The mainstream view is that everyone should eat a low-fat diet, with carbs being around 50-60% of total calories. This sort of diet contains a lot of grains and sugars, with very small amounts of fatty foods like meat and eggs. This type of diet may work well for some people, especially those who are naturally lean. But for those who are obese, have the metabolic syndrome or diabetes, this amount of carbohydrates is downright dangerous. This has actually been studied extensively. A low-fat, high-carb diet has been compared to a low-carb, high-fat diet in multiple randomised controlled trials.
Now 1 Truth…
The more you can eat like your grandparents, the better: fresh whole foods, locally and naturally raised, and foods that are minimally processed or not processed at all.
These are the types of foods that your genes and biochemistry are adapted to
The original, expanded list by Dr Mercola can be can be found here