Low fat coconut yoghurt. Picture from Pexels.

Myth #2 – Low fat foods help in weight loss

This myth comes from the misconception that fat makes you fat when in fact it’s sugar that makes you fat. The right kinds of fats are good for your heart, skin, hormones, cholesterol and aid in weight loss. Horsman asserts that “When the fat is removed from a food it’s replaced with sodium and some form of sugar to make it palatable (since the fat is actually the tasty bit), and chemical fillers like emulsifiers to give it a thicker consistency. All these substitute ingredients are linked to weight gain. “Low fat foods are processed foods that are likely to have a high calorie content because of all the added ingredients which leads to weight gain and ultimately ill health.”


Homemade 100% apple juice. Picture from Pexels.

Myth #3- 100% fruit juice is the best way to get your daily servings of fruit.

Since fruits are packed with nutrients it is perceived that its juice will have the same benefits but in essence, whole fruit is very different to a glass of juice. Once all the fibre has been removed juice becomes highly concentrated in sugar which causes insulin spikes.

“Unless freshly squeezed, juices are nothing more than processed sugar water with little nutrient value and added risk of diabetes,” says Horsman.

The bottom line is we’re all different, with different tastes, lifestyles, dietary preferences and genetic makeup and what works for one person will not work for another.  As scientific research continues to evolve and we are left feeling confused, it’s best to keep an open mind and be willing to challenge deep beliefs. There are certain foundational rules that will never change – eat seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables and whole foods that are not processed; avoid refined carbs and read the ingredient labels, at all times avoiding sugar, chemicals and trans fats. Use healthy cooking methods and add a dash of common sense and you will find what works for you.