5 silly myths about healthy eating

Eat­ing healthy is healthy, tasty and easy. The main thing is to part with harm­ful stereo­types and set pri­or­i­ties cor­rect­ly. Shall we begin?

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1. Eating right is very expensive

Let’s be hon­est, the lev­el of afflu­ence is impor­tant, but not deci­sive. In order to eat prop­er­ly, there is no need to buy expen­sive “organ­ic” prod­ucts or trendy “super­foods”.

What is our sit­u­a­tion? Prod­ucts that should form the basis of a healthy diet are afford­able. These are whole grains, dairy prod­ucts, poul­try, fish, legumes, veg­eta­bles and fruits.

In Ukraine, pref­er­ence is giv­en to prod­ucts with a high con­tent of sat­u­rat­ed fats, with an excess of sug­ar and salt, as well as flour prod­ucts and pota­to dish­es, which, in turn, leads to excess weight, dia­betes and dis­eases of the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem. And if we replace sausage with chick­en and turkey, yogurts with addi­tives with kefir and cheese, sweets and pas­tries with fruits and berries, sweet car­bon­at­ed water with pure water, we will not only save mon­ey, but also take a step towards health.

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2. Healthy eating means giving up your favorite dishes

Per­haps, this is one of the most harm­ful mis­takes that can com­plete­ly dis­cour­age the desire to change eat­ing habits.

Strict restric­tions and pro­hi­bi­tions will lead to dis­rup­tions. So don’t rush to extremes.

If you have already start­ed con­scious­ly choos­ing foods and eat­ing right, you can some­times allow your­self not very healthy food, but only in mod­er­a­tion. After all, improp­er nutri­tion, abuse of sweets and insuf­fi­cient amount of dairy prod­ucts cause a lack of impor­tant min­er­als and vit­a­mins in the body. Yes, in Ukraine, for this rea­son, there is a defi­cien­cy of cal­ci­um, mag­ne­sium, as well as vit­a­mins A, C and E in adults and chil­dren.

3. Healthy nutrition is difficult and boring

In fact, there is no need to com­pli­cate your life and engage in scrupu­lous calo­rie count­ing. To begin with, just change the accents. Nev­er skip break­fast, eat a full lunch, reduce the num­ber of unhealthy snacks and don’t overeat at night. By the way, one of the most fre­quent caus­es of over­weight in adults in Ukraine is high-calo­rie dish­es eat­en in the evening. how to be

Take as a rule: as many “raw” prod­ucts as pos­si­ble in the diet dur­ing the day.

Try to eat about 400 g of veg­eta­bles and fruits and include them in all the dish­es you pre­pare. Reduce the amount of sat­u­rat­ed fats (fat­ty meat and fat­ty dairy prod­ucts) and trans fats (semi-fin­ished prod­ucts). Don’t put a salt shak­er on the table.

In Ukraine, salt is used 2 times more than the norm! The norm rec­om­mend­ed by the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion is 5 g (no more than 1 tea­spoon of salt per day). And to give food a brighter taste, use spices, sea­son­ings and lemon juice instead of salt.

Avoid ready-made sauces, may­on­naise and ketchup. They can be replaced with a mix­ture of yogurt and greens.

Sug­ar, includ­ing in sweets, pas­tries, and drinks, should be lim­it­ed to 50 g per day for adults, and this amount should be reduced for chil­dren.

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Myth 4. Healthy food is fresh and tasteless

Most often, this is what fans of fast food think. Such food “deceives” the taste buds and is addic­tive. The taste of home-made food may seem fresh after it. But this process is reversible. If you stop eat­ing fast food and semi-fin­ished prod­ucts, then over time you will def­i­nite­ly learn to enjoy the taste of nat­ur­al prod­ucts.

By the way, the mod­ern diet is very poor in veg­etable pro­tein. There­fore, nutri­tion­ists advise to include dish­es from legumes, seeds and whole grains in your menu more often.

Myth 5. Eating right means standing by the stove all day

Cut­ting sausage sand­wich­es for break­fast or heat­ing up semi-fin­ished prod­ucts for din­ner is, of course, faster than prepar­ing por­ridge, stewed veg­eta­bles or a fresh sal­ad. But not much. But the result is health and longevi­ty.

Did you believe in all these myths?

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