Eating healthy and losing weight are common goals at the start of a new year. From fad diets to extreme workout programs, we’re constantly overwhelmed with what exactly is healthy for our bodies. Luckily, Pacific Medical Centers’ Christy Goff, RDN, CD, is here to share some information about common nutrition myths.
- Not all carbs are bad carbs
Due to the popularity of food trends that remove carbohydrates from the diet, it’s hard to know what we should be eating. While we should cut back simple carbs, such as sugars and processed white flour, complex carbs contain many healthy nutrients that we need daily. For example, fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest, but that helps with digestion and managing cholesterol made in the body. Other goodies found in carbs are vitamins and minerals like vitamin B and magnesium. With this in mind, you should still be conscious of what types of carbs and bread you’re consuming. We recommend trying whole grains like whole-wheat bread, quinoa, squashes, couscous, and brown rice.
- Yes, eggs (and their yolks) are still healthy for you
There is still a lot of misinformation out there about eggs and their connection to heart health. Though egg yolks do have cholesterol, they do not contain saturated fat, which is linked to a higher risk for heart disease. Eggs also contain more nutrients than people expect, like omega-3, vitamin A, and choline. Choline is particularly great for the brain, which is especially beneficial for children and pregnant women. Another fun fact – all eggs, no matter what color (white or brown), have approximately the same nutrients.
- Integrating superfoods subtly still counts
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to include only expensive superfoods in your diet. While superfoods contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content with little calories, most everyday plant-based foods are important to add to your diet in addition to superfoods. Common superfoods that may not be difficult to incorporate are blueberries, kale, bananas, chia seeds, eggs, avocado, and salmon.
- Why the Mediterranean diet remains a favorite among dietitians
According to US News, the Mediterranean diet remains the #1 Best Diet overall, and this is true among dietitians promoting it across the nation. This diet is an eating plan that includes an active lifestyle, high amounts of produce, nuts, and legumes, and low amounts of red meat, sugar, and saturated fats. This diet is a long-term lifestyle change that not only encourages more home-cooked meals but is also flexible and easy to follow. Researchers have demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet benefits an individual’s health by lowering the risk for brain and heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
For more information on eating well, visit the Pacific Medical Centers’ website.