Myth #1: Eating egg yolks raises cholesterol
Like most cholesterol-rich foods, eggs are packed full of important nutrients, especially carotenoids, fat-soluble Vitamins A, E, D and K, and essential fatty acids. The main thing to know about eggs is that they contain lecithin, a fat emulsifier, which actually helps your body break down cholesterol, not hold on to it.
Pastured eggs are the best kind of eggs to eat. That means eggs from chickens that are free to forage for grass and insects.
Myth #2: Coconut products should be avoided
Coconut, once regarded as unhealthy, has made a comeback as it helps manage diabetes and aids in weight loss. Coconut oil is now considered one of the healthiest oils to cook with; coconut milk adds flavor and creaminess to foods, and coconut water is full of electrolytes and hydrating power. All in all, coconut is proving to be a wonder fruit.
Myth #3: Fat makes you fat
Fat is a critical part of a healthy diet and body. We have a lipid or fat layer on the outside of our cells which protects and informs our immune system. So, it is essential to eat the right kind of fats to keep that layer strong. Examples include avocado, flax oil, hemp oil, raw nuts and seeds.
Including healthy fats in your diet increases metabolism and optimal function of all body systems.
Myth #4: Cow dairy is necessary for calcium
Fully 75% of the human population cannot digest milk products. Milk is not necessary for a balanced and nutritious diet. It is hard to digest, mostly because of the pasteurization process, and leads to an over-acid condition. In this state, the body leaches minerals from the bones to buffer excess acid (a leading cause of osteoporosis). Leafy green vegetables, legumes, whole grains and sesame seeds are a superior source of calcium.
Myth #5: Olive oil is a healthy cooking oil
High-heat oils like grapeseed oil and coconut oil do not burn at high temperatures the way olive oil does. Grapeseed, safflower and coconut oil are able to retain their beneficial properties throughout the cooking process, whereas olive oil cannot. If you are using olive oil to cook, heat your pan first, add the olive oil, then immediately add your food. Never cook above medium heat with olive oil.
Myth #6: Cereal or oatmeal is the best way to start your day
To bring balance to the stress hormones it is essential to have healthy fat and protein within an hour of waking. Oatmeal or cereal provides complex carbohydrates, but no healthy fat or protein. If you are going to start your day this way, add a handful of nuts or seeds and a scoop of high quality protein powder to your cereal bowl.
Myth #7: Soy milk is a better alternative to cow’s milk
Too much unfermented soy can negatively affect your health, from thyroid problems to hormonal imbalance. It can cause too much estrogen in the body which leads to problems such as weight gain, inflammation and cancer.
Myth #8: Avoid root vegetables because they are too high in sugar
Root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, yams and butternut squash are high in complex carbohydrates, which take longer to digest than simple carbohydrates. They are a great source of sustained energy and beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant.
Written by Christa Orecchio, Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor
Dr. Victor L. Dees, DC
Dees Family Chiropractic
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Dr. Victor L. Dees is a former US Marine, Police Officer, Elite Natural Bodybuilder and Pro Wrestler that decided to extend his talents of service into the world of healthcare. He chose to become a Chiropractor because it deals with helping the body heal itself without drugs or surgery. He is devoted to the health and wellness of his patients through the use of chiropractic, fitness and nutrition. Feel free to contact him at DrVictorDees@gmail.com and visit his website at www.DeesChiropractic.com .
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