Monday, May 4, 2009

Frequently Made Mistakes About Nutrition

Are you guilty of making these mistakes when judging whether something you want to eat is healthy? Find out - here's our list:
  • Do you eat low-fat or non-fat foods?
  • Do you count calories?
  • Do you believe lean meats are healthy to eat, while red meat is not?
  • Believe saturated fats and cholesterol are bad for your heart?
  • Eat soy products to improve your health?
  • Maintain a vegan diet?
  • Eat boxed cereals because the labels read "low-fat", or "high-fiber" or "all-natural"?
  • Believe eggs and butter are bad for your health?
  • Choose vegetable oils because you have been told they are healthy to consume (canola, cottonseed, soybean, corn, safflower oils)?
  • Take synthetic vitamin/mineral/dietary supplements to "fill in the gaps"?
  • Pay no attention to organic produce because conventional is "cheaper" and it doesn't really make a difference?
  • Eat processed foods such as enriched breads, crackers, cereals, bagels, English Muffins, pretzels, rice cakes, tortillas, croissants because you believe they are low-fat and healthy?
  • Eat highly-processed lunch meats, sausages, hot dogs and other similar items?
  • Eat products containing hydrolyzed proteins or protein powder?
  • Buy "food" and "protein" bars because you believe they are an acceptable substitute for a real, balanced meal?
  • Buy factory-produced eggs and industrially-produced meat from your local chain grocery store?
Consider each of these and think about how you respond nutritionally to each. Check back tomorrow for a discussion of the answers you came up with.

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