When it comes to the interesting subject on snacking, there are a lot of myths that confuse us. These myths prevent us from adopting healthy eating habits that nourish our minds and bodies. If you find yourself troubled by conflicting pieces of advice everywhere, don’t fret. We are here to help you debunk these healthy snacking myths once and for all.
If you’re ready to discover them, read on.
Myth #1: You Can Eat as Many Healthy Snacks As You Want
Oftentimes, we think that just because what’s right in front of us is under the “healthy food” category, we can consume as many servings as we like. Wrong. While it’s a good practice to snack healthily, you should also consider portion control.
Put in mind that more is not always better! Eating or drinking too much of something can result in adverse effects. For example, eating too many fruits is bad.
The reason is that fruits contain fructose (a fruit sugar). Excessive amounts of fructose lead to type 2 diabetes or obesity.
Myth #2: All Smoothies are Nutritious
If you’re a fitness enthusiast, you would probably fall for store-bought smoothies that claim to contain all-natural ingredients and help you lose weight the right way. The fact that you haven’t seen how these smoothies were prepared is a good reason to be extra cautious when buying them.
These store-bought smoothies may contain ingredients that make you sick such as tap water, high fructose corn syrup, and cheap protein powders. The only time you should believe that your green or fruit smoothie is actually healthy is when you’ve made them yourself!
Myth #3: Snacks that Contain Fats Should Be Avoided
A lot of dieters fail in this area. You need to know that not all fats are created equal. The kind of fats you must limit or eliminate in your diet are trans fats. Trans fats are found in snacks that most of us feel tempted to eat such as doughnuts, cakes, pies, cookies, and ice cream.
On the other hand, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are the “heart-healthy” fats you need to include in your diet. These beneficial fats help lower your cholesterol levels. Great examples of snacks are avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and salmon.
Myth #4: Snacking Before Working Out Will Decrease Your Performance
The opposite is true. The truth is that filling yourself up with a healthy snack that’s rich in protein and fiber (and low in sugar) 30 to 45 minutes before working out powers up your muscular performance. Protein aids in muscle buildup and repair while fiber allows for a steady release of energy so you won’t tire out easily.
For a variety of protein-rich snacks, you can choose from pumpkin seeds, hardboiled eggs, tuna sandwich, and dry roasted edamame. If you want fiber-rich snacks, great options include oatmeal with blueberries, apple slices, celery sticks, and kiwi fruit.
Myth #5: All Salads are Good
Like green and fruit smoothies, not all salads are great. Salads are an amazing snack treat since the variety of fresh organic vegetables and fruits offer a multitude of vitamins like C, A, D, E, and K. However, beware of your salad dressing!
Unfortunately, a lot of salad dressings in the market neglect your health. These commercial dressings contain high fructose corn syrup and highly processed oils that harm your waistline. If you can’t help avoiding your favorite creamy salad dressing, at least have a little amount of it. However, a healthy alternative would be vinegar, pepper, and fresh lemon juice.
Myth #6: Snacking throughout the Day Will Make You Fat
If you think that cutting back on snacks to lose weight is effective, think again. To get a good grasp of the benefit of snacking in between meals, imagine a typical busy work day where you hurriedly eat your breakfast because you’re running late and take your lunch in the afternoon.
In the middle or at the end of the day, you’ll be craving larger, unhealthy meals like fries, burgers, and pizzas that contain extra calories. The real secret to never getting fat is to munch on fiber or protein-rich snacks that will keep you fuller longer. Examples are bananas, chopped baby carrots, and Greek yogurt.
Over to You
If you used to believe in these 6 common snacking myths, now’s the time to do the opposite. A little knowledge on healthy snacking can go a long way. Knowing what’s good and what’s not can help you make better eating decisions that’ll benefit your body for years to come.
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