Our guest blogger nutritionist Alison Tehan brings you five nutrition myths you need to know about in 2020. Some of these you may already be aware of, but a couple of them may be new to you.
1. Carbs are bad for you and make you fat.
This myth never dies. Yes refined carbs – biscuits, cakes, pastries, white bread may lead to gut problems and weight gain if you eat them regularly and beyond your daily energy requirements. However eating carbs such as brown rice, oats, barley, spelt, fruit & veg (which are also carbs) are not only good for you but also important for your gut health. Our gut microbiota rely on carbs and fibre for their nourishment, so if you remove them our gut becomes unhappy and inflamed. When it comes to wholegrains its all about the portion size.
2. Lectins are bad for your gut.
Some foods such as legumes contain lectins which are an indigestible protein. We don’t eat lectins in isolation or in large enough amounts for them to be a problem. Uncooked grains and legumes have high amounts, but as long as you’re cooking and preparing your food properly, they’re nothing to worry about. Legumes are also one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet so don’t be afraid to include them.
3. Eggs are bad for you.
Eggs are so nutritious and if you enjoy them you can eat them every day. An extensive review on the evidence recently stated that there is no limit of eggs for most people. The exception is for those with heart disease or Type 2 diabetes, who should limit intake to seven eggs per week
4. You shouldn’t cook with olive oil
Have you ever heard or read that you shouldn’t cook with olive oil as it’s smoking point is too low? In fact, you can use extra virgin olive oil when cooking, with extra virgin olive oil having a smoke point of 220c a temperature we rarely reach when cooking. The best thing about EVOO is that is it is full of antioxidants that reduce inflammation in our body, and this is a good thing.
5. A vegan diet is healthier.
This is controversial, a vegan diet is completely individual and usually made for ethical reason.. It all depends on what you are replacing the meat, dairy & eggs in your diet with. Some people eat an abundance of plant foods but for others it’s a lot of processed vegan foods that are not food, AKA fake meats. We all need more vegetables and less meat in our diet but we don’t have to put a label on it.
So there you have it, five nutrition myths you need to know about in 2020!