If you want to eat healthy, eat simply, so they say. But actually, nothing’s simple nowadays. If you go to the grocery and find thousands of food products on the shelves, how can you turn to simple eating? Not to mention, there are varying theories about what are healthy and what are not. What used to be an artery-clogging villain in the 1980s, the egg is now considered the focal point of a healthy breakfast. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? It’s no wonder the common consumer makes a lot of nutrition mistakes every day without even knowing it. Here are some of those that you would not want to commit to.
(mistake-1) Picking Brown Eggs Over White
Brown eggs come from a different breed of hens, usually bigger than those that lay the standard white eggs. But is there really any difference? No, there isn’t. A large brown egg contains just as much nutrients as a regular sized white egg. The discrepancy that you’ll find is on the price since brown eggs are 25 percent more expensive than the regular ones. Pick whatever you like between the two; in terms of nutrition, it doesn’t matter.
(mistake-2) Not Shaking Soy Milk
Some people, especially those who are lactose intolerant, prefer soy milk over regular milk. But if you forget to shake it up a bit before drinking, you can be throwing away all the good calcium down the drain. Calcium is added to soy milk to promote bone health. However, it tends to settle at the bottom part and can be difficult to redistribute into the milk content. Because of that, soy milks usually only deliver 25 to 70 percent of the calcium that it supposedly contains. To get what you paid for, shake the soy milk carton each and every time you pour it into your glass.
(mistake-3) Replacing Ground Beef with Ground Turkey
Opting for ground turkey doesn’t automatically save you from large amounts of fat. The truth is, while turkey breast is lean, some parts of it is dark meat. A quarter pound of ground turkey has 3g of saturated fat. The same amount of sirloin only has 2.5 g of saturated fat. Shocking, isn’t it? If you really want to cut down on fat content, opt for ground turkey breast instead, as this one only has a half gram of saturated fat per every quarter pound.
(mistake-4) Losing Weight by Not Eating At All
If you want to get rid of excessive pounds, success won’t come knocking at your doorstep if you choose to starve yourself. You’ll just end up with more hunger and fatigue. Not only that, the body’s ability to burn fat will only slow down even further. That’s because when the body doesn’t take in any food, it goes into starvation mode. When it goes into starvation mode, it slows down burning of fats and calories. The result is heavier weight for you.
(mistake-5) Eating Lots of Boiled Veggies
You want to stay in tiptop shape so you eat lots of veggies every day. You don’t want them to get soaked in fat so you opt to boil them instead. What you do not know is that all the vitamins and minerals in the veggies are transferred right into the water. The veggies you put inside your mouth are depleted of the nutrients. To preserve the vegetables’ nutritional goodness, steam them instead.