1: Fiber in foods
Pros : fiber, coarse dietary fiber of plants, is an important component of a healthy diet, ensuring the movement of food through the esophagus. A lack of fiber in the diet leads to a slowdown in metabolic processes, constipation and weight gain.
Cons : A fiber-rich and low-fat diet exacerbates ulcers, hemorrhoids and other diseases of the digestive system (feces become too hard). In addition, excess fiber reduces the normal acidity of the stomach and provokes bloating (1) .
2: Oatmeal for breakfast
Pros : oatmeal is easy and quick to prepare , while ensuring long saturation due to the creation of a glue-like mass in the stomach. A portion of 100 g contains 50% of the daily intake of magnesium, 30% of the iron intake and 5% of vitamin B6 and calcium.
Cons : even “slow” oatmeal, cooked in milk with fruit, can be harmful, not to mention instant oatmeal. The combination of fat and lactose from milk , acids and sugars from fruits and complex carbohydrates of oatmeal creates an indigestible mass in the stomach (2) .
Pros : Recent scientific studies are increasingly saying that eating bacon, sausages and other processed meats is harmful to health and increases the risk of cancer . In addition, industrial meat contains a huge amount of hormones and antibiotics.
Cons : the exclusion from the diet of animal proteins and their replacement with potatoes, rice and cereals is not the best choice for health, since cereal and starch products are poor in vitamins and minerals. If you are not ready to live on vegetables, stay a carnivore.
4: Probiotic Yoghurts
Pros : according to some scientific studies, probiotics (bifidobacteria and other “useful” microorganisms) can improve the intestinal microflora. Most often, probiotics are added to dairy products sold by the digestion normalization advertisement.
Cons : yogurts with probiotics really increase the microflora in the intestines, being a combination of yeast-like substances, lactose and sugar. However, scientific research could not find a single disease for which this increase will be useful.
5: olive oil
Pros : Olive oil is an important source of vitamins E and K, unable to be synthesized by our body. Vitamin E is found in many oils, but the fat profile of olive oil (omega 6 to 9 ratio) can be considered one of the best.
Cons : 210 ° C - the temperature at which olive oil loses its beneficial properties. Given this fact, it is absolutely not suitable for frying , turning with excessive heating into a carcinogen. Olive oil should be added only after cooking.
6: Atlantic salmon
Pros : Most salmon and salmon species sold in supermarkets are farmed where fish live in harsh conditions and feed on corn and protein mixtures for weight gain. Many are willing to pay a triple price for farmed fish.
Cons : Due to ocean pollution, Atlantic salmon may contain a significant amount of mercury and other heavy metals. Farmed salmon, at least, passes quality control - and the content of healthy omega-3s in it is higher.
7: The more water, the better
Pros : The recommendation to drink more water is one of the most common nutritional advice. Most often, people perceive the recommendation as a requirement to drink an additional 3-4 liters of pure water, without even asking how it helps the body.
Cons : the above figure - 3 liters of water - implies the total intake of fluids, including fruits, vegetables and other foods . Drinking excessive amounts of water complicates digestion, diluting gastric juices and reducing their activity.
Even if these recommendations are undeniably useful, excessive fiber in the diet, oatmeal with fruits in milk and excessive consumption of water - all this violates digestion and is harmful to health. Moderation is the best rule.
- The Problems with a High Fiber Diet, source
- Beyond Gluten-Free: How Corn And Oats Are Becoming Just As Troublesome As Wheat Gluten, source