Nutritional myths are still in large supply, even in today’s scientific age where so many things can be observed, tested and experimented upon. It seems we are still learning the basics of health and nutrition. Once a (false) idea gains traction in people’s heads, it can be very hard to remove, and gets propagated by repetition without investigation. Watch out for the 6 modern nutritional myths blow, which may be affecting your dietary and food shopping choices.
Nutritional Myths #1: Fish Oil Supplements Are Good For You
In light of this, people need to be wary of fish oil supplements. Omega 3 rich fish oil is extremely reactive, and quickly goes rancid (this is not surprising, given it used to be in the body of fish at cold ocean temperatures, rather than at room temperature on land). The human body is composed of far, far more omega 6 fats than omega 3 fats. It is more beneficial to focus on getting high quality omega 6 fats (e.g. cold-pressed olive oil) – not hydrogenated fats or trans fats – and getting omega 3s naturally in your diet by eating chia seeds, hemp seeds/oil, flax seeds/oil and fish, without any supplementation.
Nutritional Myths #2: Everyone Must Avoid Gluten At All Costs
The Paleo Diet, to its detriment, excludes complex carbohydrates / whole grains from its protocol. It’s also a meat-based not a plant-based diet – not good for longevity.
Nutritional Myths #3: The Paleo Diet is the Best Diet
“The foods that Paleo enthusiasts object to have been staples of the human diet for millennia. The modern epidemic of diet and lifestyle-related disease, on the other hand, has emerged within the last hundred years. Perhaps the problem isn’t that we started eating dairy and wheat, but that we started making Cheetos and Frosted Flakes out of them.”
Saturated fat in moderate amounts is actually good for you and necessary for good health. Likewise, cholesterol is an important fat molecule in the body which performs a variety of functions.
Nutritional Myths #4: Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Are Bad For You
Saturated fat is a crucial component of our body. It is essential to animal life. It forms 60% of our brains, coats and protects our organs, traps toxins, keeps us warm, provides a stored supply of energy for hard times and yields a steady source of energy (with more calories per gram) than proteins or carbohydrates. Likewise, cholesterol is a essential fat molecule which is synthesized by all animals. It is a crucial structural component of our cells, helping with respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, creating vitamin D and forming part of the healing mechanism of the body.
Calcium supplements are normally made from inorganic (non-food based) calcium, such as from rocks or fossils. Putting that stuff in your body is toxic!
Nutritional Myths #5: Calcium Supplements Are Good For You
Dirt, rocks, ground minerals and inorganic matter are not good for the human body to ingest. We need to eat organic matter. We need to eat plants which have already eaten inorganic matter and transformed it. We need to feed minerals to our plants and then eat the plants.
The Big-Pharma sponsored nutritional myth: there’s no difference between synthetic and natural forms of vitamins or supplements. Which would you prefer?
Nutritional Myths #6: Synthetic Supplements are Just as Good as Natural, Food-Derived Supplements
Synthetic vitamins were only developed because they were cheaper and easier to standardize; they can’t compare to the bioavailability of natural vitamins derived from living whole foods, which are far superior. Natural vitamins derived from food contain the cofactors necessary for the body to recognize the vitamin as food, and to properly digest and assimilate it, whereas synthetic vitamins lack these cofactors. Synthetic vitamins, in the long run, promote the deficiency they are trying to correct, by robbing the body of other nutrients.
Conclusion: Make Health and Nutrition Choices Based on Sound Principles
The best and healthiest food comes from a farm or field, not from a factory. Do you want to eat plastic food or plastic oils? Avoid any synthetic ingredient or supplement, period.
Eat food in its whole form as much as possible. So much of our food is overly processed and refined. Important nutrients and phytochemicals get stripped away in the process, transforming food that was once healthy (e.g. whole wheat, sugar cane juice) into junk food (white flour-laden breads and pastries crammed with sugar). Nature has its own wisdom. Sometimes a plant contains certain nutrients to counterbalance other nutrients which are present; if you isolate and separate components, you will miss this balancing effect and end up causing imbalance (disease) in your body.
Eat food in its raw form as much as possible. The raw food diet is not for everyone, but nonetheless, almost everyone can benefit from including more raw and fermented foods in their diet. It connects you more closely with Nature and offers the biggest range of vitamins and other cofactors in food untouched by processing or heat. Remember, the bacterial cells in our body outnumber the human cells at a ratio of around 10:1. Eating raw and fermented food introduces micro biomes (bacterial flora) into your system to help achieve the best balance for optimal health.
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**This article was originally published at The Freedom Articles, and re-printed here with permission.**