MYTH #14: Organic is always better:
Organic produce is almost nutritionally identical to its conventional counterpart. The issue is pesticide exposure... many conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are very low in pesticides. Take, for example, the conventional onion: It’s got the lowest pesticide load of 45 fruits and vegetables tested by the Environmental Working Group. Also in the safe-to-eat-conventional group are avocados, sweet corn, and pineapple. In general, fruits and vegetables with impermeable skins are safe to buy conventional SR: If it grows in the ground, you can peel it, or you can wash it thoroughly, don't bother with organic. Don't bother with organic imports either - regulations differ across countries - and organic junk food is still junk food. Better yet, buy local!
MYTH #10: Chocolate is bad for you:
Cocoa is a plant-based food replete with flavonoids that increase blood flow and release feel-good endorphins. Plus, it contains a healthy kind of saturated fat called stearic acid, which research has shown can increase your good HDL cholesterol. But here’s the rub: When most people think of chocolate, their minds jump immediately to milk chocolate, which contains far more sugar than actual cocoa. Instead, look for dark chocolate, specifically those versions that tell you exactly how much cocoa they contain. A bar with 60% cocoa is good, but the more cocoa it contains, the greater the health effects. SR: I loooove 70% dark chocolate and recently discovered stevia sweetened 70% dark chocolate - yum!
MYTH #9: Eating junk food helps battle stress:
You’ve been there: Stressed out and sprawled across your sofa with one arm elbow deep in a bag of cheese puffs. In the moment, it can be comforting, but a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that people who consumed the most highly processed foods were 58 percent more likely to be depressed than those who ate the least. Your move: Find a healthy stress snack. SR: Better yet, get off your butt and join a fun, energizing class like Zumba or Bokwa®!
This is the one that I have a little bit of an issue with...
MYTH #15: Meat is bad for you:
SR: The key here is unprocessed, fresh meat was used for the study - which is an expensive rarity in today's market. Protein is important for total body health, but bear in mind meat is not the only source, and most of us get too much every day as it is! Stick to moderate portions (i.e. actual serving sizes - 3 oz cooked), stick to lean cuts of grass-fed beef, free-range fresh chicken, game meats like bison and fish. Avoid pork, which is a universal inflammatory agent (translation: bloating, skin flare-ups, allergies). Try to go meatless more days of the week than not too - I have a ton of vegetarian and vegan options on my food blog for inspiration (some use meat substitutes, but most use whole foods like beans and unadulterated tofu. I also have lots of ideas in my cookbooks!
Read the full article here and let me know what you think in the comments!