Is Organic Best? And Your Other Food Questions Answered

Is Organic Best? And Your Other Food Questions Answered

#10 Avoid the Bag of Salad in the Back

Some people are absolutely certain that they should select the bag of salad or greens or spinach that is furthest back on the shelf. The idea is that the further back you go, the fresher the greens are. In reality, the ones in front are better to pick. Why? Because they are in clear containers that are exposed to light which increases vitamins.

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#9 Fasting is Not Great

Should you incorporate fasting into your regular diet? Not really. If you are planning to fast in order to accelerate weight loss, all that happens when you fast is you lose fluid. Once you return to regular eating, you gain all the weight back. Fasting for religious or medical purposes is fine as long as you follow the advice of experts.

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#8 Organic is Better

Sales of organic fruits, vegetables and other products have surged over the last decade, but there is still much disagreement about whether organic is healthier. Although little data proves that organic is healthier, experts say common sense means avoiding food grown with pesticides is best. Eating organic also often means eating local and in-season, both of which are good for the environment.

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#7 Water Fluoridation is Not Dangerous

The government adds fluoride to the water systems in order to prevent cavities. This practice has always been controversial because in extremely high doses, fluoride is toxic. About 95% of the fluoride added to American water supply is from phosphorite rocks. The CDC and other agencies now recommend that water fluoridation decrease since people can get the vitamin from other sources more readily. Unless you drink nothing but tap water, fluoridated water is no danger to you.

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#6 Avoid GM Crops

Should we be afraid of crops grown with genetically modified seeds? That is a question that has been answered differently in Europe than in the USA. GM crops have had their DNA modified. In Europe and Asia, dozens of countries have banned the use of GM food. The World Health Organization says GM foods are totally healthy. The countries that ban it point to possible environmental side effects, combined with not enough information. New studies have found a correlation between some diseases and GM food. While not enough to be causation, it is probably wise to avoid GM until more research exists.

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#5 Water is Better Than Sports Drinks

Millions of dollars have been spent to convince people that sports drinks are the best thing to drink if you are dehydrated, thirsty or exercising. Water is still the best drink to replace lost fluids. Unless you have exercised for more than 60 minutes, you don’t need to worry about a lot of electrolyte loss. Moreover, Gatorade and similar drinks include way too much sugar.

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#4 You Don’t Need to Detox

An entire industry has made billions of dollars on the idea that you need to detox your body to rid it of “toxins.” This is simply not true, according to actual scientific research. Your kidneys, liver, skin and lung detox your body. There is no evidence that nameless “toxins” actually build up to excess in your body. Unless you need to detox from drug use, don’t believe the hype.

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#3 Say No to Processed Foods

There is an increasing push for people to stop eating processed foods. While there’s nothing wrong with prepared food, such as chopped apples or mixed salad, we should avoid foods that have many additives added to the processing. That kind of processed foods may contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Focus on eating whole foods and don’t buy foods that come in a box.

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#2 Carbs are Not Evil

Carbohydrates are the nutrition industry’s current boogeymen, but in reality carbs are not evil. Many carbs come from things like fruit and vegetables which are key for your health. Things like grains that are found in bread, rice and potatoes do not actually make you fat. Before you sign-up for a diet that demonizes one type of food, look closely at who is trying to sell the product.

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#1 Don’t Eat Like a Caveman

Many people are convinced that humans should eat like our caveman ancestors. The Paleo diet and other diets like it advocate for meat, fruits and vegetables, but exclude things like grains and dairy. Although there are positive things about eating whole foods, Paleo was ranked dead last in a scientific study of over 30 diets in 2015. The reason? The diet excludes entire categories of food, which provide nutrients the body needs. Focusing on eating like a caveman is also false because it assumes that cavemen were healthier than today’s people. But their average life span of 25 to 40 in the Paleolithic era!

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