Healthy Eating: Debunking the Myths

It is amazing how we sometimes believe something with all our heart only to find that we were totally wrong. No matter how logical something may sound, without proper information, you may actually be wrong. When it comes to eating healthy, there are many assumptions people have. Believing in something that is scientifically wrong may be the reason for your failure to lower your blood sugar levels or lose weight. Let’s discuss just two misunderstands about eating healthy.

As long as you eat lots fruits, you’re healthy

fruits and vegetables
This idea stems from the belief that anything from nature is good for you. Armed with this belief, many people have opted to eat lots of fruit during the day instead of unhealthy snacks in an attempt to lower their blood glucose only to fail. The truth is fruits still contain carbohydrates and sugar only in lower amounts than other food. To give you an idea of just how much sugar can be contained in fruits consider these facts:

• A handful of raisins contains about 8 teaspoons of sugar
• Apples and pears contain about 7 to 9 teaspoons of sugar
• A cup of raw figs contains about 5 teaspoons of sugar

If you are going to eat fruits in an attempt to lower your blood sugar, then stick with berries and melons.

Eating six small meals is better than three well balanced ones

This is something that seems to make a lot of sense. Eating smaller meals means you’re stimulating your metabolism and burning calories. Wrong again! Here are two main reasons this theory will cause you to gain more weight instead of loose it.

• Your body will likely overeat later on. Smaller meals don’t give the satiety that bigger well balanced ones do. The effect is that your body never really feels full.
• Constantly eating causes your body to release more insulin which means instead of burning fat, your body will be too busy absorbing and storing it.
• Smaller meals throughout the day are more difficult to track. IF you have just three and a light snack between them, you are more likely to keep track of your calories.

The secret to healthy eating is to make sure you are eating the right food and at the right time.

These are just two of the many myths common that may be sabotaging your diet. The next time you make an eating decision based on something that sounds reasonable, make sure you double check. There is more to food than meets the eye.