I think my food “re-education” started when I picked up Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food,”a book that made me start to rethink what food really was. Initially I felt overwhelmed by the idea of trying to buy more local foods, grass-fed meat, etc. But a food revolution of sorts has started and there are more opportunities to improve the quality of the food that goes into your body. This is a topic about which I am passionate, and food and nutritional information will feature frequently in my blog posts.
Today I want to share with you some articles that address some myths or misconceptions we have about food. I hope that you will take some time to read the articles linked below and possibly reconsider how you view some of these food products.
Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World. This is a piece from the New York Times food section. I have to say that generally I find the media gets it all wrong when it comes to food and nutrition (and fitness, but that will come later), which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find this article that gets it right. Coconut oil was once the antichrist of fats. Read the article and give it a reconsideration. The article also has links on the left side to a number of recipes using coconut oil. I loved the Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes ~ I added some toasted chopped hazelnuts, which gave the dish some texture and complemented it nicely. You can find coconut oil at Whole Foods.
Are Whole Eggs or Egg Whites Better for You? is an article written by Mike Geary, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer. I hope if you aren’t already eating whole eggs you will give this a read. Although it is well-known in the nutritional world that cholesterol in your food does not raise blood cholesterol, many people still think egg yolks are a bad food (thanks in great part to the mainstream media which continues to promulgate this myth).
More Evidence Against PUFA Vegetable Oils. This is a blog post by Brian St. Pierre, who is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Brian is a really smart guy and I read his blog regularly. In this article Brian talks about some of the dangers of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which make up oils such as corn, safflower, cottonseed & sunflower…in other words, something to think about reducing in your diet (and how many of you out there thought coconut oil was bad and safflower oil was good?).
How to Make Oatmeal…Wrong is a blog post by Mark Bittman of the New York Times. The point of including this article is that things are not always what they seem when it comes to food. While oatmeal can be a healthy food choice, when McDonald’s gets their hands on it you might want to take a pass.
That should keep you busy through the weekend. I hope you enjoy the articles and maybe learn something new.
On a side note, I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog and for all the really nice comments I have received. There has been so much positive feedback and support for what I am doing…I cannot tell you how much it means to me. It’s a bit scary to hit that “publish” button and put yourself out there. I hope you will continue to visit my site ~ I have lots I want to share…up next week will be a post about takings risks and doing things that are scary.
Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!