6 Common Myths About Healthy Eating You Likely Believe

The official food of the Western world is two burgers stuffed inside a third, larger burger. We could all stand to eat a little bit healthier, so it’s a good thing there’s an entire prospering health food industry to help us do so. Less thankfully, the primary ingredient in most of these superfoods is 100 percent organic, free-range horseshit.


Nutrition Labels Don’t Mean Anything

Since 1990, the FDA mandates that all packaged food in the U.S. must feature nutrition labels. We still eat like crap, but at least we know where, or what, that crap comes from. Well, we believe that we do, at any rate. Find, the FDA knows that no two cookies are exactly the same. That means the nutrient content can somewhat vary even between two packages of the same product. So naturally, they allow nutrition labels a small margin of fault to account for these differences. These “small” margins? They can be up to 20 percent .

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“Fat: 0g +/ – 20%? ”

Although this doesn’t automatically entail everything you feed has 20 percentage more calories than it says on the packaging, we have an inkling which side most companies stray on. If these lax standards bother you, perhaps you’ll be comforted by the fact that it doesn’t matter. There’s no process in place for regularly auditing food nutrition labels, so it could all easily be lies.

Yes, using the honor system to police an industry that has repeatedly presented a serious deficit on the honesty front has run approximately as well as you’d assume. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office researched how often manufacturers’ vitamin and mineral asserts fell within the FDA’s 20 percentage regulation. Of the 300 products tested, 47 percent were outside of the accepted scope for vitamin A, 31 percent were outside of the accepted scope for iron, and 12 percentage were outside of the accepted scope for vitamin C. The FDA allowed five different methods to determine a food product’s calories, all of which yielded wildly different results. If you operate one of the shadier health food companies and were about to launch a new product, wouldn’t you use whichever technique looked best on paper, regardless of accuracy? Of course not, because you have integrity. Which is why you don’t operate a shady health food company.

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“So after we started writing ‘Contains 1 Billion% Daily Vitamins -AZ’ on everything,
that’s when we really started seeing returns.”


There’s Nothing Wrong With Egg Yolks

Eggs are great, but be sure to only ate the whites, because that ugly yellow blob in the middle is teeming with cholesterol. And you don’t want high cholesterol, do you? After all, you are what you eat( in your instance, largely bacon grease and your own words ).

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“Fuck it. ‘Oink, oink.'”

Ah, but the most recent evidence indicates that although egg yolk does contain most of an egg’s cholesterol, foods high in dietary cholesterol have little to no effect on your blood cholesterol. This means that egg yolks do not actually increase your risk of heart disease. The yolks are in fact the healthiest part of the egg. They have more of the very best stuff — phosphorus, calcium, zinc, folate, and B12 vitamins — along with things that the white doesn’t have at all, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. Of course, this isn’t to say the white is bad. It’s simply a little bland and a lot overrated. It’s the Top 40 of the egg world.


High-Fat Dairy Products Are Fine

Back in the 1970 s, when studies first started to suggest that high-fat foods led to obesity, sales of whole milk plummeted. Skim milk was the new hot ticket, and has ensure its marketings rise a whopping 156 percentage between 1975 and 2014. Whole milk was even outright banned from American school lunch programs.

But it turns out real milk has curves. There’s an increasing amount of evidence showing that high-fat dairy may lower your risk of obesity and diabetes( aka Americancer ). Science isn’t sure what dedicates whole fat dairy its protective qualities. One theory is that it acts to suppress our thirst( so you don’t feel the need for those extra Oreos ). Another is that the fats in the dairy interact immediately with our cells, massaging our livers and muscles into breaking down sugar from food more efficiently. Anyway, here’s hoping that one day Science finds out that bacon protects you from cancer.


Coconut Oil Isn’t Good For You

Not merely can coconut petroleum replace evil cook fats like butter and olive oil, but you can also use it as coffee creamer, cram it in fruit juice to make a athletics drink, or huck it in a smoothie to add vital nutrients. Why, some health professionals claim it can remedy relatively benign ailments like urinary tract infections, kidney infections, and arthritis, while others say it combats Alzheimer’s, colon cancer, and even HIV.

This, of course, is bullshit.

Coconut oil is 90 percent saturated fat, which is a route higher percentage than other conventional cook fats like butter and lard( which have “only” about 64 percentage and 40 percent saturated fat, respectfully ). Coconut oil also has a different chemical structure from other fats, which entails the body may absorb it differently. Some analyses say it creates “good” cholesterol, which is good, but at the same period the committee is also raises “bad” cholesterol, which is … bad. Long story short: If you’re lactose intolerant or stuck on a desert island, go ahead and use coconut oil like a dairy product — but don’t think it’s going to save your life. Unless you use it to power a radio and call for rescue … but no, that only works on TV. Probably.


“Immune Boosters” Do Nothing

The idea behind immune boosters is that the right combination of vitamins and minerals can prevent you from getting sick, sort of like a magic potion. But the only thing they’re boosting is the money out of your wallet. We do have a pretty great system of drugs to prevent you from get sick. They’re called inoculations, and despite what half the internet believes, they definitely work. If hot lemon water with wheatgrass juice truly helped, pharmaceutical companies would own a patent on it and you’d need a doctor’s granted permission to simmer your lawn.

That doesn’t stop Jamba Juice from selling an addition to their smoothies called a Probiotic Boost, which somehow induces your 430-calorie smoothie with 77 grams of sugar healthy. Now, there is some evidence that a inadequacy of zinc, Vitamin C, and other micro-nutrients may alter an immune system’s answer, but it’s as minuscule because this is unproven.

At least Jamba Juice is delicious, unlike Airborne. That “medication’s” popularity rose about a decade ago, when a second-grade teacher cured all the world’s ailments and created a product that avoided people from ever getting sick again. Of course, all she really created was a subpar fizzy soda, and the company was faced with a $23.3 million class-action suit for false advertising. And yet that doesn’t avoided Airborne from still advertising their products as immune boosters, because their legal fees are smaller than their profit margins.


Kombucha Isn’t Healthy; It’s Nothing But A Mild( Gross) Buzz

Kombucha is the liquor they serve in Hell’s cafeteria. It’s a fermented tea that savor like ass, but supposedly cures cancer and give you superpowers. Unsurprisingly, it does none of these things except for the ass portion. It also has the potential added bonus of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, severely low blood pressure, and death.

So why does it make you feel good after drinking it? One hypothesi: The University of Maine collected samples from several brands of kombucha, and found that they had between 0. 5-2. 5 percentage alcohol by volume. Lower than beer, but sold to minors, and juuuust enough for a little pick-me-up after yoga class. You want to chase that feeling, chug a Pabst. Nobody’s saying it savours great, but it’s better than withered-ballsack tea.

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