Don’t believe everything you read on the internet – particularly when it pertains to nutrition. If you’re getting the majority of your nutritional information from the internet, not only is it probably inaccurate, but it may cause more harm than good. Here are some common myths I’d like to address today:
Myth: Diet foods and beverages help you lose weight
Fact: Research has shown time and time again that artificial no or low-calorie sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase sugar and carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. Aspartame is known to rapidly stimulate the release of two hormones that are involved with satiety and fat storage – insulin and leptin. These two hormones are also primarily responsible for regulating your metabolism.
Myth: Coconut oil should be avoided or limited because it’s a saturated fat
Fact: While it is true that coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter, lard, or shortening, the bottom line is – all saturated fats are not created equal. There are those that occur naturally, while others are artificially made through the hydrogenation process. The latter are called transfats and need to be avoided at all costs (margarine, pastries, pies, fried foods, etc.).
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which your body converts into monolaurin. Monolaurin has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties. In addition, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium chain fatty acids. Among other health benefits, these fatty acids are sent immediately to your liver to use energy. Coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. In addition, coconut oil promotes heart health, healthy brain function, supports proper thyroid function, boosts your immune system, and helps to maintain healthy and youthful looking skin.
Myth: Saturated fat consumption causes heart disease
Fact: Again, first and foremost, the hydrogenated fats or transfats you ingest are absolutely a contributing factor to heart disease and should be avoided like the plague. But healthy saturated fats, like coconut oil, have many health benefits as cited above. It just can’t go without saying that the real culprit here is a high-sugar diet that significantly increases your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Why? Because it promotes metabolic syndrome, which includes a combination of health conditions, including high blood pressure, insulin and leptin resistance, increased triglycerides and visceral fat accumulation. Additional foods that are high in healthy saturated fats include butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk, organic pastured egg yolks, grass fed meats, and organic dark chocolate with a high cacao content.
Major Takeaway: When you reduce healthy saturated fats and increase refined carbohydrates, you end up promoting obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Overall, saturated fats do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously believed.
Myth: Skim milk is more fattening than whole milk
Fact: Let’s not even pretend that pasteurized, homogenized cow’s milk is healthy for anyone. Through the pasteurization process, all valuable enzymes are destroyed (including lactase, galactase, and phosphatase) making it difficult to absorb calcium period. Basically, the protein and fat are denatured and the enzymes to digest milk are destroyed.
The homogenization process further breaks down enzymes and creates proteins that the body recognizes as foreign and the body will respond by producing histamines and mucus. These proteins can also become triggers for autoimmune diseases such as diabetes or lupus.
The bottom line is today’s conventional milk makes it virtually impossible to digest and absorb calcium and other nutrients, contains multiple drugs and antibiotics, pesticides, bacteria, and genetically engineered growth hormones, in addition to being chemically altered. So why would anyone want to drink it?