EAT RIGHT: Myths and Truths Revealed about Nutritional Science
One of the most widely misunderstood ares in the health arena is nutritional science. People forget that it is a science and that there is constantly new information regarding guidelines. Many experts claim that their information is the most current. What do we believe?
One Diet Plan for All
Is it possible that one particular diet plan will work for everyone? If we read a book on a current trend or breakthrough will we be forever changed? Has anyone followed a fad diet and permanently found nutritional nirvana? When we browse a newsstand for nutritional information is it a reliable source or do magazines prey on our neuroses? Some os us will pay hundreds of dollars to a service that promises to help us lose weight, but will it keep working when we stop payment?
We know the answer to every question to be in the negative. So, why do we keep trying? The solution must be here somewhere! If we follow the directives of of the ultra lean trainer will we become ultra lean as well? Most trainers are blesses with genetically superior physiques to begin with, so how do we trust their suggestions? All of these dilemmas are repeated again and again. Which method has proven to the the most successful?
Keeping It Off
Recently a study was conducted that polled ten thousand people who had lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off. The study cross-referenced all of the various methods and plans that were used in each success. The only similarities the majority shared were daily records of dietary intake. Ironically, this simple task simply calls for truth. Most people forget what they have eaten as soon as it has been digested. Taking responsibility for an actions is a difficult task. If there is a record of poor eating habits, we become accountable. But, even with this study comes the cold hard truth that most people have little knowledge of general nutrition. What should we eat?
Fuel Your Success
Food files our body for energy; tissue repair and maintenance, brain function, and respiration. We burn calories while we are active and at rest.
Not everything we are provides energy, but the foods we crave usually do. The bulk of what we consume is classified as carbohydrate. Carbohydrate ranges from simply sugars to complex starches. It provides four calories of energy per gram. Protein has the same caloric value, but its function is mainly tissue repair and maintenance. The highest every value comes from dietary fat. Fat provides nine calories of energy per gram. Why do so many deists promote low fat intake when it offers more than double the amount of energy that carbohydrate does? Fat also satiates. We need a percentage of healthy dietary fat to keep us satisfied!
Food problems have multiplied through industrialization. We reap a higher yield of crops if we use pesticides. Hormones make our cattle and chickens larger and more fertile. Refined sugars make ordinary foods taste more like dessert. Synthetic sugars and fats increase the profit margins of food conglomerates. Advertisers go after the youth market to create a future of consumers. We are never quite sure what we are really eating. What makes something organize, natural, fortified, kosher, fat-free, or a healthy choice?
Is Organic Best?
There are “certified organic” foods sold at the market and in restaurants, but it is difficult to fully accept the certification from sources that make their profits from sales. The easiest solution would be to grow our own food. The Food and Drug Administration has given food industries the license to label products as “natural” or “organic” based simply on definitions. We may need to wash all organic foods as well to reduce the risk of residues or molds. Hormones exist in almost all poultry and meat products. Even our fish may be caught in polluted waters. Despite all of these risks it is still possible to make choices based on the knowledge that organic and hormone-free food is healthier.