There is so much misinformation out there, some is outdated and some was a fabrication made up to sell more products. More and more of these come to light every day and I expect this page will be updated frequently.
On top of these myths and lies, products use tricks and trigger words to make us think a product is something it’s not.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – This was invented by Kellogg’s to sell more cereal. Traditionally, the noon meal was called dinner and was the largest meal of the day. Breakfast (early morning) and supper (before bed) were much smaller meals consumed before and after a hard day in the fields or on the farms.
- Brown eggs are healthier – The breed of chicken determines the color of the shell. Blue, green or speckles eggs are also the same nutritionally.
- Fat makes you fat, causes high cholesterol and causes heart attacks – The sugar industry paid Harvard researcher to “prove” this in the 60’s. This led to the original food pyramid.
- Saturated fats raise cholesterol and can cause heart attacks – There is no proven link between saturated fats and higher LDL and in fact, it has been proven that it can raise HDL (the good) cholesterol. Recent studies are proving there is no link between saturated fats and heart attack or stroke. This includes full fat dairy products, low fat products usually add sugar or additives that are worse for our health.
- Multiple small meals throughout the day is better – 2 or 3 meals a day is a better option because your have less insulin responses (Spikes and crashes) during the day.
- Eggs raise your cholesterol (especially yolks) – Food cholesterol has little to no effect on blood cholesterol, and newer studies actually prove that eggs raise the “good” cholesterol.
- Whole grains are an essential part of the diet – Grains and carbs are not necessary and all of the nutrients and fiber found in grains can be found in vegetables and other healthy foods. In most cases the “whole grains” label is a false claim, making them even worse. New science is finding that grains and carbs can increase cholesterol, diabetes and cause inflammation.
- Dairy is necessary for strong bones because of calcium – There are plenty of other foods with as much or more calcium than dairy. Greens have more magnesium than dairy and magnesium is needed to absorb the calcium, making greens a better source because you will absorb the minerals better. In 2014, a study showed that a higher dairy intake can be associated with a higher risk of fracture later in life.
- Canned and frozen vegetables are not as healthy as fresh – Vegetables picked for canning and freezing are typically picked at the peak of ripeness and the canning/freezing process locks those nutrients in. Fresh from your garden is great, but grocery store foods are not fresh and in lots of cases are picked before ripening has occurred. Fresh produce can lose nutrients while being shipped long distances. Of course this can change if things like sugar or additives are added to the produce during processing.
- Never refreeze thawed foods – It is perfectly safe to refreeze food as long as it was thawed properly (in the refrigerator) and not kept in the “danger zone” between 40 F and 140 F for more than 2 hours.
- Wash your meat before cooking to remove bacteria – Washing your meat will not kill or wash away any harmful bacteria and the splashing caused by washing can actually contaminate your sink, counter, other nearby foods and your hands & body with the very bacteria that you are trying to avoid. Cook your meat properly and it will kill the bacteria.
- Sea salt or Himalayan salt is healthier than table salt – Not really, there may be a little difference in the minerals and flavor, but not enough to make one a better choice than they others…In fact, we NEED the iodine in table salt and deficiencies can be very harmful.