4 Nutrition Myths… BUSTED!

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Only Eat Organic

There isn’t any nutrient difference between organic and non-organic food. Eating organic is a personal choice. Although the amount of pesticides, hormones or antibiotics in conventional food are considered within safe limits, if you’re looking to reduce your exposure, then choose organic. If you’re simply looking to eat healthier, first start including more fresh, un-processed foods, whether organic or not.

 

Superfoods are Healthier

The term “superfood” is a marketing tool to promote foods that have health benefits. These foods are double the price, but don’t give double the nutrients. For example, kale may be the super star green but good old spinach and broccoli are just as nutritious. There is no one food that is going to cure disease, or miraculously trim fat. Variety is key!

 

If it’s Healthy, then you can Eat Unlimited Amounts

Creamy nut butters, whole nuts, avocadoes and olive oil are good for you but that doesn’t give you the green light to have as much as you want. Eating too much healthy foods can lead to weight gain, which why portion control is important. About 1 tbsp. nut butter or olive oil, ¼-½ an avocado, or ¼ cup whole nuts is considered a balanced amount.

 

Red Meat Causes Cancer

Eating processed meats, like bacon and sausage, is linked to a greater risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer – but eating unprocessed lean cuts of meat is not. Red meat is a great source of iron and zinc which are important for maintaining energy and strengthening the immune system. Aim to vary protein sources throughout the week. For example eat 3-4oz lean meats like veal, beef or pork 2-3x per week and leave room to include other healthy proteins like fish, poultry, legumes, and low-fait dairy.

 
Melissa Kazan MSc., RD
Dip. Sport Nutrition IOC, ISAK L1
Registered Dietitian & Sport Nutritionist

Melissa Kazan is a Registered Dietitian and Sport Nutritionist specializing in nutrition for health, well-being and sports performance. Melissa understands today's challenges to eating well, and works with her clients to set realistic health & sport performance goals. For more information on Melissa, and her services, click here

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