There’s food that’s good for you and food that’s not so good for you. If you identify yourself as health-conscious, you’ve probably been know to blur the lines between those two groups. When you’re craving a burger, do you order a turkey burger with low-fat cheese on a gluten-free bun (#health) in the interest decreasing the junk food factor? We’ve been known to make that choice a time or two. But in the end, how much healthier is the turkey burger? Not very, but we make the distinction anyway. Scroll through for 8 health food myths we all tell ourselves!
Sure, going gluten-free may be trendy. But unless you have a gluten intolerance, you’re not necessarily doing yourself any favors. Most gluten-free foods have the same amount (sometimes more) of calories and fat.
Fruit is healthy. Yogurt (for the most part) is healthy. When the two are combined and sold in one container, it’s not healthy anymore. We get it. Those sweet berry-flavored and “fruit in the bottom” yogurts taste like dessert, but that’s because they basically are.
You do what you gotta do to eat your vegetables, right? Admittedly, veggie is the better way to go over meat lovers. Opt for thin crust and go light on the cheese to make your pizza even more diet-friendly.
The truth? Turkey burgers aren’t necessarily better for you than beef burgers. In fact, ground turkey often contains dark meat and skin, which means the fat content could be higher. If you’re going to choose turkey, do it because you prefer the taste. Everyone should enjoy their burgers.
Let’s just face the facts. Much like muffins (and fruit-flavored yogurt), granola bars, smoothies, and juices are just sugary sweets masquerading as breakfast. Are they better than nothing? Perhaps. Are they better than a glazed donut? Not really.
Just because a food is low in calories and fat doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Remember, when food manufacturers take something out (fat), they usually put something else in (sugar or sodium). You’d be better off paying attention to the ingredients on the nutrition label than the calorie count.
Greens? Good. Veggies? Good. Bacon, blue cheese, croutons, ranch dressing? Not so much. Just because lettuce is involved doesn’t mean you should get a free pass to go nuts. Calories from salad toppings like nuts and fruits add up.
We’ve always doubted the validity of the whole thing about fake sugars like aspartame making you crave real sugar (being the well-trained scientists that we are), but unfortunately there’s no refuting carbs. Lattes are a carb (well, around 35 of them to be exact). And skim milk actually has more carbs than regular milk. So just know the calories you save in the short term come at a price.
Which of these health food myths have you told yourself in the past week? Tell us below!