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There is a lot of information out there about nutrition and wellness and it becomes so difficult to know what is right and what is wrong. Due to technological advancements, gone are the days where an article is fact-checked and cross-examined.
Nowadays, when you google something, you could end up being misguided by what you thought was the truth and what actually is the truth. Wellness is my expertise and I often hear common mistruths out there.
Hence why we have decided to have a bi-weekly edition of, Did You Know. Where we de-bunk any mistruths about food and offer you the truth instead.
•What you might’ve heard: Juicing is healthy for you.
Truth: Juicing may or may not be healthy for you. About 4 or 5 years ago, a few documentaries came out about juicing. The juicing cleanse took affect and everyone, aunt and grandmother was juicing. A friend of mine would juice up to two months, boasting about enhanced energy and heightened sense of being. Scientifically, juicing can have positive and negative effects on the body. Let’s begin with the positive: juicing has been linked to research done, proving to be healthy for your immune system and overall wellbeing. However, there is a lot of evidence that suggests you factor in how long you juice for and what kind of juices you drink.For example, in Ayurveda (the ancient science of personal constitution), juicing is a ‘No-No’ as juices lack the fiber and the chewing process. In addition, plastic juices are refrigerated which is said to disrupt the energy of the food and therefore, disrupt the energy in your body as you are ingesting it. Our conclusion: Juice for only up to 3 days and do so with freshly-squeezed juices that have little-to-no preservatives. If you lose energy and are still hungry while on a juice-cleanse, eat some solubles. Our bodies talk to us for a reason, we need to listen.
•What you might’ve heard: Organic food is a scam.Truth: Organic food can be beneficial for your health. You might’ve heard that organic food is a scam and that it’s not necessary to consume food that is organic. Although this theory is very prominent, there is more scientific research to support that there are health benefits to eating organic food. One of the factors is that pesticides destroy the soil that is being fertilized. Meaning that nutrients like iron and b12, that are usually found in the soil, are being eliminated. This could be the reason why doctors are recommending supplements like b12 and iron. Although health Gurus like Deepak Chopra do not recommend replacing supplements for food, they do recommend them to support your diet due to the loss of nutrients in the soil. We also recommend eating organic as pesticides have been linked to stomach cancers and Crohn’s disease. According to Dr. W J Lee, from The Canadian Cancer Association, pesticides also increase cancer of the oesophagus.Our conclusion: No need to go crazy about eating organic. But eat organic fruits and vegetable where you can.
• What you might’ve heard: Sugar is the enemy. Truth: It depends what kind of sugar you are having and how much sugar you are having. So many of my clients and people that I know eliminate sugar from their diet as a way to lose weight because they’ve heard that sugar is not good for you and has become the new ‘carb’. However, our bodies need glucose to have fully functional brains and by eliminating it, you are opening up the chance for you to binge on it one day. There is no doubt that processed sugar is not healthy; however, sugar found naturally in food can be beneficial for your brain and body function. Our conclusion: Limit your sugar and be picky about where you get your sugar from. Not all sugar is ‘bad’ for you and not all sugar is ‘good’ for you.