Working with clients and patients over the years, I have heard many misconceptions about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. It’s my job to set you straight!
Here are the top 3 that I hear most regularly:
- Carbohydrates are bad and make you put on weight – False! Carbs are not bad, what makes you put on weight is too many calories. However, not all carbs are created equal. We have ‘refined carbs’ that provide few nutrients e.g. white bread, white rice, cake,biscuits etc. and wholesome carbs that are more nourishing e.g. vegetables, fruit, oats, wholewheat bread, brown rice. The wholesome carbs are much higher in fibre making you feel full up for longer, thus curbing hunger and cravings for the refined carbs. They also have more vitamins and minerals. For the average adult, a portion of carbs is about 1/4 of your plate. Yes, 1/4, not 1/2! So the wholesome carbs can actually help you to control your weight.
- Sugar makes kids hyper – not true! I have parents who swear that after a birthday party with all the sugary snacks, their children turn in to raving loonies. Scientific studies have shown that as an ingredient, sugar does not cause a change in behaviour. Think about the party environment…….the excitement, the noise, the fun food & drinks! Enough to hype up any child. Any food involvement is likely to come from reactions to food additives or caffeine in fizzy drinks.
- Olive oil helps you to lose weight – not true! This applies to all oils, even the super expensive extra virgin olive oil, avocado, flaxseed etc. Per tablespoon, all of these oils have 125kcal. They are a healthier type of oil to choose over butter or lard, as they contain essential fatty acids that are anti inflammatory and are good for cholesterol levels. However, if you are watching your weight, be aware that they are extremely high in calories, so don’t use liberally!