Making great food choices to couple with your diligent fitness routine can
sometimes be challenging. Daily we are bombarded with tips which contradict
each other and are often left still not knowing if meat is good or bad for
This month we have taken some pointers from Dr Jackie Mills to set the
record straight on some well believed food myths.
You can eat more eggs. Why did we ever start believing that eggs were bad
for us? Eggs contain fat, and some cholesterol. However, this has been shown
to have nothing to do with increasing heart disease. In fact, eggs raise our
good cholesterol (HDL). Eggs may be one of the healthiest foods on the
planet- loaded with vitamins, minerals and a bunch of nutrients that help us
function. And remember the yolks are where all that good stuff is, hold your
order on that egg-white omelette!
Margarine is definitely not healthier than butter. In fact, high-fat dairy
products do not increase your risk of heart disease and even improve other
risk factors. And if it's from grass-fed cows there are even further
benefits from dairy fat.
Green vegetables contain the most fibre. Whole grains equal fibre and fibre
is good for me, right? Yes, but while whole grains do contain fibre, green
vegetables contain far more. When you compare the cooked weights, green
vegetables contain around 4-6 times the fibre, and have less starchy
Naturally protein-rich foods from animal sources really are unbeatable.
There are plenty of processed foods out there calling themselves
'high-protein'. But be wary, products like breads and cereals making these
claims often have cheap plant proteins like soy added. These processed and
added protein foods don't come close to the real deal. Grass-Fed Beef &
Lamb, Free range Chicken and Eggs, Wild Salmon and Shellfish, Natural
Yoghurt and Cheese, and Added Proteins are the best high protein sources.
Don't touch processed seed and vegetable oils. We're talking about the oils
that are extracted from sources like soybean, corn, cottonseed, sunflower
and a few others. Processed seed and vegetable oils are also very high in
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. As you know when the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio shifts too high in favour of Omega-6, bad things happen in the body.
The excess Omega-6 can cause inflammation. Inflammation is linked to
cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and more. Studies also
show that Omega-6 fatty acids increase the risk of a heart disease.