The mainstream media is always concerned about what’s best for us right? Ratings, drama, and intrigue have nothing to do with the stories they report, and the ways in which they are reported. Oh, and money from specific companies or industries never have an impact on the news. Ha. Since we all know better, it is time to take a serious look at the top lies that the media espouses regarding human health and nutrition.
1. Heart Disease is Caused by Saturated Fats
Because of this fallacy, many officials suggest that fats should take up no more than 10-20% of an individual’s diet. While this may be true of unhealthy unsaturated fats, it certainly cannot be said of healthy, saturated fats. These healthy fats, derived mostly from vegetable oils and animals, provide crucial building blocks for our cell membranes and hormones. In addition, they work as transporters for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. These healthy fats are also crucial for heart health.
2. Fat is the Culprit Behind Weight Gain
Related to the first lie mentioned above, the media and nutrition industries have circulated this false claim that eating a low-fat diet will help you lose weight. Thus, the craze for low—or no-fat dairy products and desserts took off and hasn’t yet stopped. This is simply unnatural and unhealthy.
In fact, full-fat, or natural and unadulterated, milk, cream, cheese, and meats are some of the healthiest dietary items for you. To avoid gaining weight, we simply need to eat the right kinds of fats (like unsaturated), instead of replacing these natural food items with artificial alternatives laden with trans fats and extra sugars.
3. Soy is Healthy for You!
This may be true of fermented soy, but it is certainly not true of unfermented soy, which is what most of us consume. Studies have connected the consumption of unfermented soy to health issues ranging across cognitive decline, infertility, increased risk of cancer, kidney stones, thyroid dysfunction, and the breakdown of the immune system. Even worse, most of the unfermented soy that we consume has been genetically modified, which carries its own set of risks and health complications.
4. Whole Grains are Good for You
There may be a kernel of truth that whole grains are better for you than processed grains, but that is a slippery slope. The reality is that all grains raise your insulin levels, also raising your risk for many diseases. Grains also contain gluten, which many people are sensitive to. Whole grains, in their natural and unadulterated form, can be healthy for those that can otherwise manage their glucose and sugar levels and have no adverse reaction to gluten. However, you must be careful as many companies label items as “whole grain” even though it has been refined and processed.
5. Artificial Sweeteners are Safe
Many people reach for the little pink, yellow, or blue packets instead of au natural sugar when sweetening up their coffee, tea, or even desserts. This, unfortunately, is one of the most widespread and harmful lies that the media has been telling us. In fact, many people who use these artificial sweeteners tend to crave sweet things even more and gain weight; this is especially bad news for diabetics who were promised that the sugar alternatives were safer and healthier.
Consuming artificial sweeteners may also increase our risk of cancer, among other potential health issues that are yet to be fully understood. If it’s made in a lab, the rule of thumb is that it should not be eaten.
6. Got Milk? Milk is Healthy
Commercials, radio ads, billboards, and our grocery stores tell us that pasteurized milk is good for the body. While milk in itself, and in its plain and natural form, is indeed healthy for you, that’s not what’s usually in the dairy section of our grocery stores. The milk we buy today is full of hormones and antibiotics that wreak havoc on our health, and it is pasteurized, which results in a physical change to the internal compounds and destroys important enzymes that offer most of the health benefits.
The naturally occurring proteins and vitamins found in milk are also inhibited or destroyed altogether during the pasteurization process. Even worse, the process eliminates healthy bacteria from milk, making it fertile ground for harmful pathogens instead. If you want healthy, opt for raw, unpasteurized milk.
7. Don’t Worry, GMO’s are Fine!
The outright lie that genetically modified organisms pose no threats to our health, and are even better for the economy and environment, is perhaps the most sinister lie out there. The reality is that we don’t completely understand GMOs and all of the ways that they can mess with our bodies (and the ecosystem) yet, but what we do know for sure is that it GMOs are no good.
Genetically engineered foods, from zucchini to corn and chickens, has been linked to birth defects, infertility, poor bone structure, lowered immunity, organ damage, cancer, and more. Do your best to avoid corn, soy, and all products derived from either vegetable, as at least 90% of these vegetables grown in the United States are genetically modified.
Try to eat organic, local, and GMO-free as much as possible. This will take some additional effort, and many even some detective work, to find out what is GMO-free and therefore safe to eat, but it will be well worth it to protect your health.
Whether you believe it is vindictive or just ignorant, mainstream media does not always have your best interests at heart. It is important to do a little research on your own whenever the media or a major industry comes out with “definitive” findings one way or another, and find out the truth for yourself. For your and your family’s health, stop believing these mainstream lies about nutrition, and keep a skeptical eye trained on new “truths” about nutrition.