Healthy Foods Facts & Myths

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Healthy Foods Facts & Myths

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Saousane Bejjaji, staff writer

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It’s no secret that us millennials and Gen Z members are always out on the look for new healthy, trendy and easy diets. Every magazine, Instagram post, and celebrity seems to tell us something contradictory to what we already know!

1.) “Fat-free or low-fat foods are always better than the full-fat version.”
When it comes to meat and some dairy products, it’s usually true that the less fat means healthier, but that’s not the case with packaged food, like cookies, crackers, chips and other common snacks. When manufacturers are in the process of removing certain ingredients from foods, like fat, they must recover the taste of the food by adding other unhealthy ingredients such as sugar. These manufacturers biggest interest is to make money and they know that most people will buy something labeled healthy, so they usually play around with the ratios of sugar, fat, salt in these food versions we consider to be health.

2. “You should drink 8 glasses of water a day.”
We have all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is a fix to most problems. This saying is not entirely wrong but it most definitely not entirely correct. A study by “Mayo Clinic” found that proper consumption of water has all to do with the individual and not just a universal number. A proper amount of water one should drink depends on their health, age and location. Plus some of that water comes from food.

3. “Milk builds strong bones.”
Despite being served milk every day for lunch, milk isn’t as healthy as how it’s made out to be. After reading this you might just switch to almond milk. A study by “Nutrition in Clinical Practice” found that milk could be the reason why bones lose calcium! Another study by “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that the rates of bone fractures were highest in the countries that consumed the most dairy.

4. “You should drink 8 glasses of water a day.”
We have all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is a fix to most problems. This saying is not entirely wrong but it most definitely not entirely correct. A study by “Mayo Clinic” found that proper consumption of water has all to do with the individual and not just a universal number. A proper amount of water one should drink depends on their health, age and location. Plus some of that water comes from food.

4. “It’s healthier to eat the egg whites rather than the whole egg.”
Many do not realize that the egg yolk is where a lot of the nutrition. It contains more than 40% of the protein and more than 90% of the vitamins: calcium, iron and vitamins B, A, D, E and K. The extra (healthy) fats will also help keep you full and satisfied for longer than you would be with just the egg whites.

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