Which nutritional myths have you mistaken for fact?

11 Feb


This is something I haven’t done before, so please forgive me for relying on someone else’ writing and effort, but since this article does a great job of mentioning some of the most rampant myths in conventional wisdom regarding nutrition, that I have to POST IT HERE.

Kris Gunnars debunks the nutritional lies that say:

  • Eggs are unhealthy
  • Saturated fat is bad for you
  • Everybody should be eating grains
  • Eating a lot of protein is bad for your bones and kidneys
  • Low fat foods are good for you
  • You should eat many small meals throughout the day
  • Carbs should be your biggest source of calories
  • High omega-6 seed and vegetable oils are good for you
  • Low carbs diets are dangerous
  • Sugar is unhealthy because it contains “empty” calories
  • High fat foods will make you fat

Each of these items can be greatly expanded upon, of course, but this is a good starting point to share with those who are still afraid of eggs, fats, cholesterol and believe that they are eating healthy by making up most of their diet with processed, carb-heavy foods.

Following a diet based on eating whole foods and healthy fats (such as “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis or the “Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson) are good places to begin reading to put these learnings into practice!



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4 responses to “Which nutritional myths have you mistaken for fact?

  1. JackieP

    February 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    My one belief has always been LISTEN to your body! Your body will tell you all you need to know. It helps me.

    • Gretchen without Grain

      February 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Absolutely! For myself, until I removed wheat from my diet, I couldn’t really “hear” the other messages because they were being drowned out. Now it is much easier to tweak and learn because my responses are much more clear!

  2. johnnysenough hepburn

    February 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Totally agree with JackieP. Listen and learn.
    Thanks for the link. Glad to say I’m wise to all of them. I guess reading up about nutrition, regardless of how little seems to sink in (in my case), does help in choosing foods over others.

    • Gretchen without Grain

      February 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      I’m glad you’re wise to all of them too, of course I’m not at all surprised! In many cases, the older ways of thinking about food were healthier than what has been pushed on us in the last couple generations.


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