With so many options, labels, styles, diets, fads and all around choices in the health and wellness arena to choose from, knowing what’s true and actually healthy can often times be tricky. The best way to better understand something is to go to someone or something that can answer all of the questions you have regarding that topic. We learn this in school, and this shouldn’t stop as we reach adulthood.
One of the biggest mysteries is that of food, its nutritional value, its correct preparation methods, its overall healthiness for us, among many other things. Well, although on a very short list, below are some of the most frequently asked questions in reference to nutrition that can hatefully help you on the right path to better understanding the way in which things work and how your body reacts to them.
What’s the difference between brown and white eggs?
I’ve always wondered this, and to have the answer is a relief, as I’m sure it is to many of you out there. The answer is that they don’t really differ that much. In fact, everything is exactly the same, the only difference, besides their color, is that the brown eggs are bigger and come from dark feathered hens. Not as complicated as you may have thought, but now you know.
Should I choose margarine or butter & what’s the difference?
Margarine has always been touted as the healthier option, but why is this? Well it’s simply because butter is more dangerous to your health. Margarine and butter have a similar number of calories, but butter is made from animal fat and cream, and so it contains saturated fat and cholesterol, two things proven to compromise your heart’s health. Margarine is man made and contains oil, essentially cutting out all of the cholesterol and fats that can clog arteries and damage health. In actuality, olive oil is the most heart-healthy fat to use, but trans fat-free margarine is also safe to use.
What does multi-grain really mean?
For a misleading term, just with organic and natural, the word grain actually doesn’t mean what you think it does. Unless you see the words 100 percent whole grain or whole wheat, the product isn’t necessarily too healthy. We associate grains with fiber, and heart healthy foods, but many of the products that say multi grain are made with refined flour. Remember, the nutritional label is your best friend when determining if something is healthy, not the words on the packaging.
What’s worse, syrup or high fructose corn syrup?
Both are eerily similar in their chemical make up and their caloric content. Many studies have been done that have ended up with inconclusive evidence to show if one is worse than the other, especially in terms of being digested in the system. Either way, a diet high in any form of sugar, real or manufactured, is bad.
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