There is so much information about what is healthy and what is not it’s hard to decipher fact from fiction in this area of concern. Myths on health abound, and so-called experts contradict each other’s claims. But evidence supports some of these contradictions, and an awareness of these myths can prevent future health problems from occurring later on.
1. Whole Grains Are Good for You
The first food myth that needs debunking is that whole grains are good for everyone. Dr. Mercola found that all grains, including whole grains and organic varieties, can elevate your insulin levels. This is especially dangerous for those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or concerns with obesity. While someone with these conditions may think (s)he is eating healthy with a bowl of quinoa, the truth is that more harm than good can result from consuming these “healthy” grains.
2. Diet Supplements Are Enough
The other food myth worth considering is that dietary supplements can give you everything you need without eating food. An article on WebMD suggests that taking vitamins in place of meals is never an adequate substitute. It is tempting while struggling to lose weight to replace meals with supplements. But losing weight doesn’t necessarily imply overall health improvement. Supplements can serve a benefit in addition to meals but can never replace them entirely.
You may have believed these two myths about food and health, but debunking them is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Just because you’ve always heard that whole grains are healthy or that supplements replace meals doesn’t mean these ideas are true. And knowing what is true when it comes to food and health can ultimately be life or death, literally. So don’t buy into the lies, keep searching for the truth, and learn for yourself what is truly healthy and what is not.