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Food myths: the skinny from Dr Jackie Mills


Making great food choices to couple with your diligent fitness routine can sometimes be challenging. Daily we are bombarded with tips which contradict each other and are often left still not knowing if meat is good or bad for us?   

This month we have taken some pointers from Dr Jackie Mills to set the record straight on some well believed food myths. 

  1. You can eat more eggs. Why did we ever start believing that eggs were bad for us? Eggs contain fat, and some cholesterol. However, this has been shown to have nothing to do with increasing heart disease. In fact, eggs raise our good cholesterol (HDL). Eggs may be one of the healthiest foods on the planet– loaded with vitamins, minerals and a bunch of nutrients that help us function. And remember the yolks are where all that good stuff is, hold your order on that egg-white omelette!
  2. Margarine is definitely not healthier than butter. In fact, high-fat dairy products do not increase your risk of heart disease and even improve other risk factors. And if it’s from grass-fed cows there are even further benefits from dairy fat.
  3. Green vegetables contain the most fibre. Whole grains equal fibre and fibre is good for me, right? Yes, but while whole grains do contain fibre, green vegetables contain far more. When you compare the cooked weights, green vegetables contain around 4-6 times the fibre, and have less starchy carbohydrate.
  4. Naturally protein-rich foods from animal sources really are unbeatable. There are plenty of processed foods out there calling themselves ‘high-protein’. But be wary, products like breads and cereals making these claims often have cheap plant proteins like soy added. These processed and added protein foods don’t come close to the real deal. Grass-Fed Beef & Lamb, Free range Chicken and Eggs, Wild Salmon and Shellfish, Natural Yoghurt and Cheese, and Added Proteins are the best high protein sources.
  5. Don’t touch processed seed and vegetable oils. We’re talking about the oils that are extracted from sources like soybean, corn, cottonseed, sunflower and a few others. Processed seed and vege oils are also very high in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. As you know when the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio shifts too high in favour of Omega-6, bad things happen in the body. The excess Omega-6 can cause inflammation. Inflammation is linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and more. Studies also show that Omega-6 fatty acids increase the risk of a heart disease.

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