Here is a myth you have heard several times: fatty foods, are the most unhealthy and innutritious foods in the world. This is due to the contribution of fats in diseases such as obesity, heart disease among others. This misconception has resulted in years of misinforming the public.Over the years, thanks to the anti-fat crusade, certain foods that people led into believing that are “good for you” are not that healthy to your body when taken in excess.
Below are several foods that you may believe are healthy but are not when consumed in excess:
1. Vegetable Oils
They are only additions made in the human diet as at the 1950s, where humans started consuming vegetable oils in significant amounts. Some examples are soybean, corn, peanut, saf flower, and sunflower.Restaurants are slowly moving to trans-free oils, thereby using these oils in frying operations. These vegetable oils produce toxic oxidation products when heated over time; this can be dangerous to humans. In addition, clinical tests prove beyond doubt that diets high in vegetable oils lead to high rates of diseases such as cancer, gallstones; in comparison with a diet high in saturated fats.Alternative options to the vegetable oils are butter, lard, tallow, coconut oil and, to a lesser extent, olive oil. These are more stable when heated and do not oxidize to toxic products easily, and no clinical trial has it that they cause heart disease.
2. Skim milk, because fat digests the vitamins in milk
The body when accompanied by fat absorbs Vitamins A, D, K and E. Without fat, it is hard to absorb Vitamins found in vegetables, and calcium is not absorbed. Instead, Calcium forms insoluble Calcium soaps in the intestines.Alternative of skim milk is whole milk that naturally has fats needed to absorb Vitamins.
3. Low-fat foods generally
Companies that remove fat from food, interfere with their flavor and texture. To compensate for this, they use fat replacers that are carbohydrate based. Some examples are peanut butter, salad dressing, yogurts, cookies and ice cream or sugar. Two Hershey bars (a sugar bomb) contains same amount of sugar as in a low fat coffee cake (50 grams).Whole-fat foods are preferred because of less sugar and few carbohydrates than the lower fat versions, and high fat foods do not make you fat.
Fruits such as pineapple, grapes, watermelon and dried fruits are high in fructose. Fructose goes to the liver and triggers unhealthy body lipids that can lead to heart disease or metabolic syndrome.Alternatively, try cheese or nuts.
5. Whole grain
Grains are carbohydrates which break down to glucose that triggers insulin secretion that is known to make people fat. It is clinical that high carbohydrate diet increases risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.Skip grains and have: fish, meat, dairy or even eggs.
Chicken is poor in nutrients compared to red meat that has iron, selenium, folate, vitamins B6 and B12.Red meat, liver or sweetbreads are preferred since no evidence has it that their saturated fat and cholesterol will give you heart disease.
7. Olive Oil
Despite clinical trials, there is no proof that olive oil can fight heart disease. Fact has it that olive oil is not an ancient food for the Greek and Italians; rather it was to anoint the body.Alternatives are butter, lard and coconut oil for cooking since they do not oxidize easily but olive oil in salads and room temperature dishes.