May 25, 2010

Daily Food Myth

Myth #6: Certain foods are 'good' for you while others are inherently 'bad' for your health.

There are no "good" or "bad" foods. A healthy, active body can utilize a certain amount of virtually all kinds of nutrients, including refined sugar and saturated fats, it's simply a question of reasonable amounts. Eating within moderation means finding your own balance of pleasure, health and nutrition while managing your weight. Enjoying a serving of chips during your favorite sitcom isn't going to cause detrimental health effects, but over consumption of chips or other foods could lead to problems. Eating too much, even when it's healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, can also be detrimental to your health and weight-management efforts. Like many things in food and in life, moderation is essential.

Myself: I recently have been hanging out with my Gym Buddie's kids and one of them made this comment to me. I had to explain that it's more about moderation. It's ok to have a serving a chips, it's ok to eat a cookie here and there, but it's not ok to gorge yourself on doughnuts or greasy french fries. I also think that a serving size needs to be reevaluated in our culture. Fast food chains continue to up the sizes of their meals and sides, and it becomes more of a whole meal in one french fry container. Watch how much you eat and you will be ok.

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