Healthy Eating: Fad Vs Fact

We’re going to ask you a serious question now and we expect a serious answer. Oh go on, don’t tell fibs…

‘How healthy are you?’

Could you benefit from a shake up in the health and fitness stakes, or have you nothing to worry about on that front? Whether you consider yourself the picture of health or someone who needs a helping hand when it comes to getting your 5-a-day, you could be doing yourself more harm than good anyway. Why? Well, there are certain healthy eating habits which (gasp!) aren’t healthy at all.

Today on the My Appliances blog, then, we’re bringing you the fads vs the facts, to ensure you can make the right choices this week and beyond. Read on..

Healthy Eating Facts
1. When it comes to getting that all-important 5-a-day, it really doesn’t matter how you consume your fruit and veg – it’s all good! Whether you go for fresh, frozen, tinned or even fruit juice, it’ll contribute to a much healthier you.

2. Contrary to popular belief, we do need some fat in our diet. It provides the essential fatty acid which helps our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K; just make sure you don’t overdo it and choose the right fats – full fat milk is okay, lots of cake and chocolate = not so okay.

3. Too much salt in your diet? It will contribute to an increase in blood pressure, which can put you at higher risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

Healthy Eating Fads

1. Eating after 8pm will not make you gain weight, according to this useful paper we found online. Your body needs fuel throughout the day, states the article, and it really doesn’t matter what time it gets it.

2. Carbohydrates are not the enemy. Instead, you should add them to your diet – just in moderation. Providing the body with kilojoules or fuel, they include grains, bread, fruit, cereal, rice and pasta and veg. Choose wisely and you can still enjoy a healthy – and balanced – diet.

3. Coconut oil isn’t necessarily the best oil, despite what you’ve read on some of the most popular food blogs out there. According to The Huffington Post, it is high in saturated fat – and apparently, the American Heart Association (and we’re pretty sure it’s the same story here in Britain too!) recommends limiting your intake to reduce your risk of heart disease. The article suggests you use olive or canola oil instead, which contain healthy unsaturated fats.

Want some more tips on eating healthily? Take a good look around the My Appliances blog. We work hard to keep this section of the site updated with useful articles. We reckon you’ll love one of our most recent posts which extolls the virtues of superfoods, as well as this handy piece on immune-boosting foods to easily add to your diet.

As ever, don’t forget to let us though your own thoughts about healthy eating by commenting here on this blog. And make sure you join the conversation over on our Facebook page too.

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