Health and nutrition information are all over the Internet; some with, a lot without research backing these claims. When we’re overwhelmed with information it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s a marketing claim aimed to boost sales.
Myth: Juice Cleanses detox your body
Your body naturally detoxes though your liver, kidneys, intestinal tract and skin. Juice cleanses are not necessary to help your body detox, your body does that on it’s own! Additionally, detoxes are typically low in calories and protein- so after a 3 day juice cleanse (if you can last that long!) we’re more likely to binge due to calorie and protein restriction which can lead to weight gain. Instead of reaching for a juice cleanse opt for minimally processed, whole foods rich in protein and nutrients to get back on track!
Myth: Gluten Free = Healthy
Unless you are allergic to gluten or have a gluten intolerance there is not a definitive benefit to choosing manufactured gluten free products. Just because a bread, dessert, cracker, etc. recipe has been changed to make it gluten free does not mean that the product is healthier. If you want to eat gluten free try and eat foods that are naturally gluten free like quinoa, brown rice, and oats.
Myth: Fat makes you fat
Fats are often seen as the enemy because of their caloric density; however, incorporating appropriate servings of healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds are an important part of a balanced diet. Eating fat does not directly cause weight gain, consuming excess calories is the more common cause of weight gain. So rather than filling up on low-fat crackers, breads, and other reduced fat products opt for lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats for a nutritiously balanced and satisfying diet.