From Your Health Journal…..”A great article from MSN by Katy Moore about mistakes healthy people make. For example, taking some vitamins may actually be harmful if not done correctly. Some people who work out may think they do not need to eat their greens, but again, not true. Other notable things are about organic foods, as many feel they are more beneficial to better health. As the article states, an organic biscuit is still a biscuit. Diet drinks may be missing the spoonfuls of sugar found in regular fizzy drinks but sweeteners used to give that sugary taste are still undesirable as they’re chemical based. My favorite is the paragraph about salad, as many people eat if for its health benefits, but so many people add a lot of extra calories and fat to it, it almost takes away the benefits. Please visit the MSN site (link provided below) to view to complete article.”
From the article…..
So you go to the gym, drink low calorie drinks and eat low fat meals. You’re healthy right? Not necessarily. We talk to leading nutritionist and accredited practising dietician Dr Joanna McMillan about potential pitfalls that can hinder your health rather than sustain it.
I’m healthy, I take lots of vitamins
Less is often more with supplements. Some vitamins can even be detrimental to your health in large doses. “B6 can cause nerve damage in excess while overloading on iron tablets can instigate cellular damage in the gut, so be aware of what your body needs.” says Dr McMillan.
I work out so I don’t need to eat my greens every day
Just because you have gym membership doesn’t mean you can skimp on the essential nutrients found in healthy foods. Dr McMillan suggests that, “at least half a mealtime plate should consist of vegetables, which provide the vital phytochemicals our body needs
I’m healthy, I always buy organic
While eating organic food means consuming less potentially damaging chemicals, the widespread belief organic food is more nutritious, is largely unfounded according to Dr McMillan.
“Forget buying organic because you think it’s healthier. An organic biscuit is still a biscuit. If you can afford organic fresh food then great, but for most Australians the focus should be on eating more fresh food full stop.” she says.
I look after my health by concentrating on fat contents
Focus on fat and you might be missing some other health demons. Most people consume far more salt in their diet than recommended, with much of it hidden in processed and low-fat foods.
“Too much sodium can cause long term health problems like high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and kidney issues,” Dr McMillan says.
Diet drinks are healthy-they have no sugar
Diet drinks may be missing the spoonfuls of sugar found in regular fizzy drinks but sweeteners used to give that sugary taste are still undesirable as they’re chemical based. Dr McMillan’s main concern is how they perpetuate the craving for sweet things.
“The bottom line is, we should be drinking water or veggie juice to quench our thirst, not relying on sweet tasting fizzy drinks”
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