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Sports Nutrition
Four food myths busted
April 27, 2018 | by Melissa Kazan

The term “superfood” is a marketing tool to promote foods that have health benefits. These foods are double the price, but don’t give double the nutrients.

We are bombarded by nutritional information on a daily basis. Some of it’s legit, confusing or simply wrong. We’ll bust four nutritional myths right now:

ONLY EAT ORGANIC

There isn’t any nutrient difference between organic and non-organic food. Eating organic is a personal choice. Although the amount of pesticides, hormones or antibiotics in conventional food are considered within safe limits, if you’re looking to reduce your exposure, then choose organic. If you’re simply looking to eat healthier, first start including more fresh, un-processed foods, whether organic or not.

SUPERFOODS ARE HEALTHIER

The term “superfood” is a marketing tool to promote foods that have health benefits. These foods are double the price, but don’t give double the nutrients. For example, kale may be the superstar green, but good old spinach and broccoli are just as nutritious. There is no one food that is going to cure disease, or miraculously trim fat. Variety is key.

IF IT'S HEALTHY, THEN YOU CAN EAT UNLIMITED AMOUNTS

Creamy nut butters, whole nuts, avocados and olive oil are good for you, but that doesn’t give you the green light to have as much as you want. Eating too much healthy foods can lead to weight gain, which is why portion control is important. About 1 tbsp. nut butter or olive oil, ¼-½ an avocado, or ¼ cup whole nuts is considered a balanced amount.

RED MEAT CAUSES CANCER

Eating processed meats, like bacon and sausage, is linked to a greater risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer, but eating unprocessed lean cuts of meat is not. Red meat is a great source of iron and zinc which are important for maintaining energy and strengthening the immune system. Aim to vary protein sources throughout the week. For example eat three to four ounces of lean meats like veal, beef or pork two or three times per week and leave room to include other healthy proteins such as fish, poultry, legumes and low-fat dairy. Visit our website to learn more about our sport nutrition services, or to book an appointment. Originally posted in the Vancouver Sun: http://vancouversun.com/sun-run/nutrition-tips-four-food-myths-busted