On the first day, your morning cup of coffee is good for your health, the next day it is bad for your heart. Even experts may confuse with healthy eating and healthy food information circulating around. Isn’t obvious when you see “light”, “natural” or “organic” on the products, that these are the words that should give you the impression to buy them?
In the end, you will ask yourself: Which information is correct and which is not? What you really should eat? What is the definition of healthy eating and healthy food?
Misused Healthy Eating Concepts
To help to clarify some of the confusion, we asked a group of nutrition experts to tell us which are the most misused healthy eating concepts, nowadays.
1. DETOX is the first thing Monica Reinagel (Nutrition Diva’s – Secrets for A Healthy Diet) would like to erase from the dietary dictionary. The idea that certain nutrients accelerate the detoxification process is naive. The best way to clean the body of toxins is to reduce their intake.
2. GOOD and BAD FOODS. I’m not saying that French fries have not a lot of calories, sodium, or fat, or ice cream isn’t full of sugar, but, still, I think there’s nothing wrong with them if they are used moderately. If you learn to eat moderately, then you will learn and enjoy a variety of foods. This means healthy eating for me. Elisa Zied, author of Younger Next Week.
3. CLEAN. The whole world revolves around a clean diet, clean foods, clean eating, but still, there is no definition of what really “clean” is. The term “clean” should be replaced with “healthy”- healthy diet, healthy foods, healthy eating. There is no reason for food to be made out of “clean” ingredients, instead of healthy ingredients. It is simply a term that has no meaning in nutrition. Julie Upton, Heart and Stroke.
4. LOW CARB. “I do not eat sugar” or “I am on a low carb diet”. It does not mean anything to me? After all, there are grams of carbohydrates (sugar) in fruit and bread, but also occur in other foods that you think there are no grams of carbs, like vegetables. Therefore, it is better for the term “low carb” not to be used. Marjorie Nolan Cohn, author of Belly Fat Fix.
5. GLUTEN-FREE. Many of the people who boast that they do not use gluten, didn’t know what it is exactly. There is little evidence that only those who have celiac disease (that is a very small percentage of the world population) will benefit from a gluten-free diet. Katherine Brooking, Appetite for Health.
6. FRUIT HAS TOO MUCH SUGAR. Fruits contain natural, unprocessed sugar, vitamin C, and fiber. Grapes, for example, have about 100 calories for a cup and are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. It is better to use fruit as a source of natural sugar than any candy or sweeteners. Two glasses of natural juice or two pieces of fruit a day are quite sufficient. Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of The Flexitarian Diet.
7. BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY. Every meal is important for special reasons. Each one has a role to maintain your required energy level in any part of the day. Joy Bauer, founder of Heart and Stroke.
8. MADE WITH SIMPLE INGREDIENTS. “Simple” is the most widely used marketing buzzword today. It aims to make you think that buying such food is better for you and your family. Isn’t “simple food” food made of one ingredient, like beans, bananas, apples, broccoli, nuts, in fact, any kind of fruit and vegetables? Isn’t eating foods that contain one healthy ingredient – healthy eating? Julie Upton.
Enjoy healthy food and healthy eating.
Be happy and cheerful.