5 Health Myths We’re Sick Of Hearing

EGG YOLKS ARE BAD FOR YOU

I have good news for you: Egg-white omelets are total BS. Many of us have grown up being fed the idea that egg yolks are bad for our health, and specifically our cholesterol. This could not be more inaccurate. While it’s true that eggs contain cholesterol, consuming dietary cholesterol is not at all related to raising cholesterol levels in our blood.

Studies are showing that sugar is the real culprit. In fact, our bodies need dietary cholesterol to function properly. Egg yolks are overflowing with nutrition – they contain B vitamins, Vitamin A, phosphorous, biotin, selenium, iron, zinc, and choline, which is an essential nutrient for brain function. On top of everything else, they are a perfect source of protein at a very low cost, and easy to prepare. Think about it- spending $2.99 on a dozen eggs provides you with the protein you need for at least six meals. So scramble ‘em, fry ‘em, poach ‘em or boil ‘em – but make sure you’re eating your eggs!

CALORIES MATTER

This myth gets under my skin the most. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “a calorie is not a calorie”. For so long people have been more concerned with how many calories are in a serving of their food, than with the ingredients that are in it. It’s not our fault that we’ve been made to believe that calories matter, but they really don’t!

Calories are an absurd standard of measurement because 400 calories of Captain Crunch can’t even be compared to how your body processes 400 calories of carrots and hummus. 400 calories of carrots and hummus will help your energy and vitality while 400 calories of sugar-laden crap are unrecognizable to your body. Stop looking at calories, and start looking at the ingredients.

FAT MAKES YOU FAT

Nope. Not true. Don’t be tricked anymore by food labeled as “low fat”.

The food industry is always misleading us, and will sadly never care about our health as much as they care about their money. “Low fat” or “fat-free” should actually be labeled “Added sugar”.

When the fat is taken out of a food it tastes absolutely horrible, so they have to compensate by adding sugar. Fat is not something that should be removed from our diet, and it definitely doesn’t make you fat.

People who regularly eat good quality fats tend to be much healthier than those who don’t. Load up on fish, avocados, nuts, eggs, olive and coconut oils, and quality animal protein. Even a little butter will do you good if it comes from a happy, healthy cow!

HEALTHY EATING HAS TO BE EXPENSIVE

Believe me, I’m the first person to understand the sinking feeling you experience while you watch your grocery bill rack up at the register in a Whole Foods. But over time I’ve discovered that buying whole foods doesn’t have to mean spending your whole paycheck. If you focus on buying healthy basics, like eggs, beans, rice and produce, it’s not all that expensive. It’s when you pick up all the fancy health foods, like paleo granola, or organic goji berries that it adds up.

Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen to know which produce is the most heavily sprayed with pesticides, and which produce you can get away with buying non-organic. If you really love the expensive “superfood” snacks, check out Thrive Market where you can buy health-conscious food in bulk, at discounted prices! Even if you are spending a little too much on quality food, know that you’re probably saving yourself money that could’ve been spent on medical bills later!

YOUR DOCTOR IS ALWAYS RIGHT

This is a bit of a bold statement to make, but your doctor is not always right. Yes, he or she have spent many years in school, and hopefully knows a great deal about the human body, but sometimes you know your body better than he or she does. Any time a doctor is treating you, it’s very important that you understand what you’re being treated for, and what you’re being told to treat it with.

For example, doctors are way too often prescribing antibiotics. Yes, antibiotics can save lives and are absolutely necessary for treating bacterial infections, such as strep throat. But it’s also normal for doctors to prescribe antibiotics for something as small as the common cold. Antibiotics are to be taken very seriously, in that they are very harmful to us. Sometimes we need them to kill bad bacteria, but in addition, they wipe out all of our good bacteria and weaken our immune systems.

The point is, listen to your body and stay informed. If your doctor prescribes you medication, don’t be afraid to ask what it is, why you need it, and what your options are. No one can look after your body better than you can.

image via Cassie Howard

Lauren Osborne

Editorial Contributor, Fordham University Major: Communications and Media Studies Her heart belongs to: Fleetwood Mac, avocados, bitterly black coffee, musky candles, and intellectual conversations You can find her: in downward facing dog, speaking gibberish at dogs on the street, reading a nerdy health book, or with a glass of vino rosso in her hand while cackling at someone funny's standup special

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