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9 Obvious Health & Wellbeing Facts That Are Seldom Known - Part 2

23.04.2015

Welcome back to part 2 of our facts that are seldom known or believed. As we said previously, 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 are the final 4 of 9 facts that are seldom known or believed – but if we took a step back from advertisements and media, we would all recognise the validity within them.

 

 

6. Calories count, but you don’t need to count them

We can’t deny that calories are important, your calorific input versus your energy expenditure will have an inevitable affect on your weight. However, counting calories is tiresome, unrealistic and just plain boring. With that in mind the likelihood is you will soon become irritated with doing so, and with real food, you just need to learn to get your 'eye-in' with how much you should be consuming. By doing this, it makes life much simpler and healthy eating becomes much more user friendly and sustainable.

 

7. Fat doesn’t make you fat

People who are trying to lose weight are often under the misconception that they need to avoid foods high in fat, however this isn’t the case. Fat does contain more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrates, but this doesn’t mean that it should be avoided. Fat can be fattening, carbohydrates can be fattening and protein can be fattening – it all depends on what you eat, how much you eat and your overall general lifestyle. Certain foods are high in healthy fat, such as avocados, because of their high healthy fat content, they need to be consumed in moderation, but the same goes for everything else too. We need some fat in order to be at our healthiest, as always, moderation and variety is key to wellness and health. The key is to consume a wide range of whole or real foods and find a balance.

 

8. Don’t trust health claims on food packaging

With the rise in obesity related illnesses, we are becoming more health conscious than ever. Food manufacturers are aware of this mentality, and therefore play up to it. Many processed products have words such as ‘low fat’, ‘whole grain’ or ‘no added sugar’ plastered across them, buying into the healthy intentions of those trying to curb their unhealthy food intake. These healthy claims are misleading and could potentially trick people into buying the products. The best advice we can give you, is that if a foods packaging has a health claim on it, don’t bother trying to decipher the jargon, ditch the processed item and opt for an item of real food as a healthier alternative.

 

9. Blaming new health problems out old foods just doesn’t make sense

Believe it or not, heart disease is a relatively new common health problem that is quickly turning into an epidemic. Up until about 100 years ago, heart disease wasn’t seen as a health concern as it occurred so rarely among the population. With that said, obesity levels began to quickly rise by the 1980s, and not coincidentally type 2 diabetes diagnoses became more frequent from then on. These issues are the biggest health problems in the world, and with their more recent occurrence, there stands a likely chance that this is down to popular food choices amongst the population. The health authorities put a lot of blame onto food items such as red meat, eggs and butter. However, these foods have been eaten for thousands of years, so why have these health concerns only recently arisen? There stands a much greater, and more logical chance that these huge health concerns are in fact down to processed foods and added sugar.

 

Catch up with part 1 if you missed it last week!

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