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9 Obvious Health & Wellbeing Facts That Are Seldom Known - Part 1

16.04.2015

Myths and misconceptions are rife when it comes to health, wellbeing and nutrition. Latest fads, diets and supposed 'super foods' cloud common sense and divert those with good intentions.

What follows is part one of our two part '9 Obvious Health & Wellbeing Facts That Are Seldom Known' - enjoy and keep an eye out for part two next week!

 

 

 

1. Trans Fats are not suitable for human consumption

In order to create trans fats, you need high pressure, heat and hydrogen gas in the presence of a metal catalyst. This process turns liquid vegetable oils into a thick toxic sludge that becomes solid at room temperature.

These trans fats are then included within some processed foods in order to prolong their shelf life.

Other than the fact that this process makes the idea of consuming trans fats very unappealing, another reason to say no to them is because they cause high cholesterol – this can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

 

2. The media shouldn’t be trusted for nutritional information – use your common sense instead

The media sometimes play a large role in the confusion of nutritional information. We are bombarded by new stories on a daily basis when it comes to startling food and health headlines. However, if you read past the brazen headlines, you will often find that the article you are reading contradicts another from a matter of weeks ago. News is designed to be hard hitting and shocking, but the media frenzy does little other than confuse readers. Take everything you read with a pinch of salt (ha, ha) and use common sense. Eating a well balanced diet with everything in moderation means that you will find healthy eating simple and you are unlikely to go wrong.

 

3. Sugary drinks are the most damaging aspect of the modern diet

Sugar is added to almost everything these days, but consuming it in liquid form is taking it that one step further.

Because this added sugar is in the form of a drink, such as fizzy drinks, our brains fail to register the amount of calories and the vast sugar content we are ingesting. This means that most of us eat a diet that  does not compensate for this calorie intake, leaving us wide open to weight gain, sugar addiction, mood swings and energy dips.

 

4. Low fat does not necessarily equal healthy

Low fat products are stacking up on the supermarkets shelves in droves, with many people feeling good about buying them because they often believe these products them exempt to weight gain. Long-term studies have shown that these products do not work, either for weight loss, nor disease prevention.

It is no secret that foods are generally less enjoyable without fat, this is when the food manufacturers often bulk the food item out with sugar, additives and a whole host of unnatural and unhealthy items to boost the taste that fat would provide.

You and your health are better off eating a diet that is high in real or whole foods. By doing this, you are then able to occasionally enjoy your favourite treat, be that chocolate or cake or whatever your heart desires.  Moderation is the key to snacking on high fat, high sugar, processed snacks and foods.  

 

5. There is far more to health than how much you weigh

We are constantly hounded by the importance of our weight, be that through the television, advertisements, newspapers or slimming classes. But this is just one small aspect of your overall health concerns. Many obese people are considered metabolically healthy, whilst many people that are of a healthy weight have the same metabolic problems associated with obesity – such as high cholesterol and raised blood pressure. This therefore means that it is possible, and commonly, necessary to improve your health without altering your weight.  

Consuming a balanced and varied diet contributes greatly to our overall health and wellbeing.

 

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