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There’s so much misinformation that’s being propagated both on the internet and magazines and newspapers, even by doctors. Myth number one that I want to talk about is the sugar myth or more specifically, it’s the fructose myth. How many of you have ever been told that fructose is healthier than regular sugar? Sugar’s not good for you. Fructose is not good for you either. I’m not referring to the fructose that’s naturally occurring in fruit. And I’m not talking about sugar that’s naturally occurring sugar in fruit and other plant based foods. I’m talking about a highly refined, highly processed fructose that is extrapolated out of predominantly corn.
Number two, your doctor knows more about nutrition than you do. Myth. The average doctor knows less than you do. And this is not this is not an assault or an insult to doctors is just a truth. The average doctor, when they go through medical training, has less than seven hours of nutrition. Nutrition is one of the fundamental sciences of human health. How can we take a doctor who is supposed to understand human health and understand human disease, who takes less than seven hours of nutrition? If you ask a number of doctors and they’ll tell you they have even less than that. So if you’re going to your doctor and you’re expecting that the advice that you’re going to be getting is sound nutritional information, know that your doctor, unless they have some type of postgraduate training and advanced nutrition might not be properly equipped to do so.
Myth number three is vegetable oil. And what I mean by that is vegetable oil is even a vegetable, right? Vegetable oil is really not a vegetable typically. But I’m going to go deeper than that. Vegetable oils, not the vegetable. Vegetable oils are generally derived from corn or soy. So when you see vegetable oil on a product or a package, you can pretty much guarantee that you’re getting genetically modified corn or soybean oil, neither of which are vegetables. Corn is a grain and soy is a legume. So as you know, neither are really truly vegetables but it sounds healthy in it and it gives a healthy connotation to say “vegetable oil”. Now another one of the problems with these vegetable oils is there’s, they’re super high in Omega 6. And so if you’re using them in salad dressings, if you’re using them in foods, then what ends up happening is, is you throw this Omega 6 / Omega 3 balance off and when you throw that balance off, it can create an increased risk for inflammatory disorders like heart disease, like cancer and other chronic inflammatory problems.
Myth number four. This one shouldn’t be on the list either, but again, it’s such a common thing to hear and I still hear it almost on a daily basis in my practice. Eggs are bad. Eggs are bad for you because they’re high in cholesterol. Now, if you want to do a really deep dive, we could do an entire show. And as a matter of fact, I have done entire shows on the cholesterol myth and I would encourage you, if this is the first time that you’re hearing me talk about cholesterol being elevated as a myth, it doesn’t really contribute to heart disease unless you have something called hyperlipoprotein anemia, which is a genetic form of familial hypercholesterolemia. Cholesterol really doesn’t increase your risk for any disease. Because eggs are higher in cholesterol, they’ve been demonized for decades. Eggs are actually one of the best sources of biologically high value protein. As a matter of fact, they’re the most highly biologically valued protein above any other form of protein that we could use. So if you’re looking at how can you increase the protein in your diet, eggs are a great way to do that.