The Doc May Diet – Ep #005 – Top 5 Dietary Myths
Top 5 dietary myths
1. Fat makes you fat
“But, I thought if you eat fat, you get fat?” Not true. Despite what you may hear from your doctor, you should not avoid fat in your diet. This is a dangerous myth. Fat is essential for many functions in our body. It provides energy, protects our organs, and is necessary for hormone production.
2. Cholesterol is dangerous
Much like fat, cholesterol has gotten a very bad rap. Cholesterol, just like fat, is absolutely essential for us. Cholesterol helps protect our bodies from inflammation and is also crucial in hormone production.
Another myth about cholesterol is that the amount of cholesterol you eat has very little impact on the amount of cholesterol circulating in your blood.
3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
I’ll give you one guess who started saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” – cereal companies! That line was invented in the 19th century by John Harvey Kellogg. You may recognize the name, “Kellogg” and begin to connect the dots. That’s right, it’s the same Kellogg of the Kellogg cereal company. Make sense why they would want everyone to think breakfast is the most important meal of the day now, doesn’t it?
4. Milk builds stronger bones
Again, who perpetuated this myth but the milk industry and dairy farmers. Actually, it does quite the opposite. A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered the rates of bone fractures were highest in the countries that consumed the most dairy.
5. Products that are labeled “organic” or “natural” are healthier
A product is not organic unless it is labeled as “100% USDA Organic.” Something labeled as “organic” can only be 50% organic. And, just because something is 100% organic, does not mean it’s healthy.
Top 5 Dietary Truths
Caloric intake matters
Avoiding common inflammatory foods is important – The biggest inflammatory foods to avoid are wheat, dairy, and soy.
The goal is to get to 80% compliance – People need to realize that they don’t need to be “on a diet” at all times. You can have fun and eat purely for fun sometimes. Weddings, parties, trips, cookouts, you name it it’s ok to not be neurotic.
Tracking helps improve outcomes – what gets measured gets improved.