A few so-called healthy habits we should probably give up
The low-fat obsession
In recent years millions of people seeking to lose weight have opted for a low-fat diet. They choose margarine over butter and fat-free instead of regular foods. But it doesn’t seem to work. The results of trials show that the risk of suffering from some types of cancer or heart disease isn’t lower. There is no significant weight loss either. Healthy fats, like those from nuts, fish, and avocados, are actually good if taken in moderation.
Others swap junk food for low-fat versions of similar fatty snacks. Yet many of these low-fat products contain the same amount of calories as the full-fat ones.
Unless you’re among the small percentage of people (around 1%) who suffer from celiac disease, gluten probably won’t have a negative effect on you. What is more, whole grain intake has been found to be inversely associated with coronary heart disease risk and cardiovascular mortality.
Bye dairy, hello almond milk
Alternatives to dairy milk have become really popular in the past few years, especially almond milk. However, almond milk is practically devoid of nutrients. It is true that almonds contain lots of protein. But a typical glass of almond milk is just about 2% almonds and contains almost no protein. Besides, all the vitamins inside are added. So soy, skim, or low-fat milk are healthier alternatives.
Everything becomes a juice
When you juice fresh fruits and veggies, you remove all the fiber, the key ingredient that makes you feel full and satisfied until your next meal. What you keep is the sugar. A high-sugar, low-protein diet means feeling hungry, mood swings, and low energy. You can even lose muscle mass in the long term since muscles rely on protein.
If you wash your hands regularly throughout the day, hand sanitizer is almost entirely unnecessary. And it can’t kill all the germs as there is little or no evidence that it is more effective than regular soap. Norovirus, for example, is immune to sanitizing gels. Plus, some scientists are warning that some of the ingredients in these antibacterial soaps such as triclosan might not be safe over a long period of time. About 80% of all infections are transmitted via our hands, so we should make sure we wash our hands thoroughly and often enough.
Egg whites instead of whole eggs
Many people started avoiding egg yolks when nutrition experts stated that eating cholesterol was bad for you because it raised your cholesterol. However, the good news is for most people, dietary cholesterol doesn’t have a big effect on blood cholesterol.
Taking lots of vitamin C and multivitamins
While it is true a little extra vitamin C can boost an underperforming immune system, taking too much will probably make you sick. Any more than 2,000 milligrams a day for adults will most likely cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headaches, and other side effects.
On the other hand, of course we need small amounts of vitamins to survive, but research shows we normally get more than enough of them from what we eat, so no need for pills.
Doctors say no one really needs to detox. Unless you’ve been poisoned, you already have a very efficient system for filtering out most of the harmful substances you eat. Our kidneys filter our blood and remove any waste from our diet, and our liver processes medications and detoxifies any chemicals we ingest. Your body is capable of self-cleansing and detoxing actually poses a serious health risk.
Avoiding the microwave
Microwave ovens cook food using energy waves. These make the molecules in food vibrate quickly, building up their energy as heat, which doesn’t mean robbing them of all their nutrients. It is true that some nutrients begin to disintegrate when heated, whether from a microwave or a cooker. But microwave-cooking times are usually shorter than oven-cooking times, so more vitamins are kept intact than with other cooking methods.
Long hot showers
There’s nothing like a long hot shower at the end of a hard day. Your skin is cleaner, muscle aches seem to go away. You walk out of your shower feeling great, but within a short while you notice that your skin and your hair feel terrible. The hot water strips your skin and hair of all natural oils and affects the healthy bacteria on your skin thus making you more vulnerable to dry skin and skin infections.
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