Common foods myths- there are so many and they are so contagious! Two myths recently have I found out not to be true: school and hospital food are bad. I did realize that hospital food is basically the same foods that you and I are preparing at home and school food is the same, but it’s a little more heat and serve. So it’s the same frozen food that you and I are buying. Not everything is what is seems- Especially just because a handful of people say it.
I enjoyed the hospital food experience, but after a few hours at the administration building of Parma City School District with the nutrition service ladies, I knew it was a good fit for me and that I was going to enjoy the learning that I would be doing. I also knew that I would enjoy the government approved snacks laying around.
And my school lunch!
School lunches have to be healthy says the government by containing a meat/ meat alternate, fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and dairy component. I was a little overwhelmed at being in a high school cafeteria that I skipped out of the fruit and veg, but this carnitas wrap is whole grain and contains meat and not picture is my little fat free chocolate milk carton that I had. It was very strange drinking chocolate milk not having just finished a race and being in pain!
If only these were the only food myths floating around the world, but they’re not and the other ones have a lot more power.
I’m double dipping because I had to make an educational piece for a meal we are preparing in class for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Association, but it’s such good information!
Myth #1– Eggs are bad for you.
False! The dietary cholesterol in egg yolks is not thought to influence cholesterol in the body. With this one, the pros far out way the cons. Eggs are a good source of protein, B12, choline, selenium, and iodine to name a few!
Myth #2– A gluten free diet has benefits for everyone.
False! A gluten free diet is only necessary for those with celiac disease. Buying gluten free foods can be expensive and you will be missing out on your B vitamins, fiber, and trace minerals that whole grains contain. True, you can compensate with grains that do not contain gluten, but you will be limiting yourself and probably making life harder. Just to clarity- gluten is a protein found in wheat, barely, and rye.
Myth #3- Carbs make you fat.
False! Too much of anything can make you fat. Carbohydrates are the energy macronutrient. Our bodies convert them to fuel and with a steady supply our blood sugar remains stable and we won’t feel those later in the day crashes. Also carbs actually help with weight loss due to the fiber making you feel fuller longer and in order to burn fat you need a one to one ratio of fat and carbohydrate.
I used to be a big time carb hater and now I feel foolish.
Myth #4- Taking a multivitamin compensates for a balanced diet.
Nope. It just doesn’t. Eating fried chicken and popping a Centrum won’t give you the nutrition that you need. Food first, and then if you know your diet is lacking (because a medical profession told you), then supplement wisely without wasting money.
Myth# 5- High Fructose Corn Syrup is worse than real sugar
Not at all! They’re actually very similar in chemical make up, they just come from two different plants. High fructose corn syrup comes from corn and sugar comes from sugar cane. Both ate processed to the level that they are used. Too much of either can be bad for you!
Myth#6- You can eat as much of a healthy fat as you want!
False again. Too much of anything is bad! Good fats are so good for you heart but because they are fats, they contain 9 calories per gram, which is more than double the calories in carbs and protein. This is why a small amount of nuts and oils are high in calories. Stick to serving sizes and balance your meals with fat’s good friends, carbs and protein.
Have a Happy Halloween and a good start to your November!