Eat this, not that – Your Top 5 Nutrition Questions Answered

Ok so the title of this post is a little bit misleading. I’m not going to forbid you from eating certain foods, and instruct you to eat a load of other foods that you don’t even like. You’re all grown ups and you can make your own choices. But I just want to clear up a few nutrition myths to help you make informed decisions.

By all means, if you decide you can’t live without your daily green juice then go right ahead and have it. I just want to make sure you do so because you really like green juice, and not just because you mistakenly think its the most nutritious option.

So, without further ado …

Eat this: Butter Not that: Margarine

This one is an easy choice in my opinion. Butter wins. Hands down. Every time.

Although it’s true that butter is very calorie dense, its far better to consume butter (albeit perhaps in moderation), which is a source of saturated animal fats, than margarine which is a source of inflammatory Omega 6 oils. Also, butter tastes bloody lovely!

The advice about saturated fat and heart disease was based on flawed and outdated science and the message is finally getting through that fat is your friend. There is little, if any, evidence that dietary cholesterol actually causes heart attacks, at least not in the way we have been lead to believe.

Eat this: Full fat milk Not that: Skimmed milk

Although skimmed, or semi skimmed milk is often viewed as the healthy option, full fat milk is actually the way to go. There is no evidence skimmed milk helps you loose weight, and in fact the opposite may be true. Not only that, but full fat milk contains essential fat soluble vitamins and again it tastes damn good!

I spent years forcing myself to drink disgusting skimmed milk that is little more than white water. Now, when I drink dairy milk I go for full fat non homogenised jersey milk or even better raw unpasteurised full fat milk when it’s available.

Eat this: Smoothies Not that: Juice

Although both smoothies and juice can contain relatively high levels of sugar, smoothies are the better choice because they also include the fibre content from the fruit, whereas juice do not. This fibre helps to slow the absorption of the sugar into your blood stream preventing a blood glucose spike and the subsequent sugar crash.

Eat this: The whole egg Not that: Egg white

Eat the yolk. I repeat, Eat. The. Yolk. Yes I know the yolk contains fat but remember, fat is not the enemy. Although it was once thought that the consumption of dietary cholesterol (present in egg yolks) led to heart disease, as noted above, the scientific basis for this claim is inconclusive at best.

The yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg and contains the of bulk of the iron, folate and vitamin content of an egg as well as about 1/5 of the total protein content. Also, it tastes nice (are you nothing a theme here?!).

Eat this: Oil & vinegar Not that: Low fat salad dressings

Low fat salad dressings often contain lots of sugar to make up for the lack of fat and all sorts of other flavourings and other additives. A much better option is to drizzle your salads with plain olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Olive oil is a healthy fat and there’s no reason to be afraid of it, but if you prefer you can skip the oil altogether and just use the vinegar or even a squeeze of lemon juice.

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