UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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There are plenty of fallacies out there about nutrition. With so much information out there it can be difficult to sift out what it is right from what isn’t. Knowing the truth may help you improve your dietary choices and therefore improve your insurance premium. Below are some common nutrition myths.
If it has Fiber, it Must be Good for You.
Many people see fiber on a label and jump to buy it because they think it must be good for you. Research is showing how complex fiber is. We now know that fibers have various functions. Some experts are skeptical that foods with fiber added offer the same beneficial effect as naturally fiber-rich ones like whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes.
Egg Yolks Raise Your Cholesterol.
This myth began because egg yolks have the most concentrated amount of cholesterol of any food. However, there’s not enough cholesterol there to pose health risks if you eat them in moderation. Studies suggest that eating one egg per day will not raise cholesterol levels. Eggs are a great source of nutrients and eating eggs for breakfast could decrease your calorie intake for the remainder of the day.
Organic is Always Better.
Organic produce is almost nutritionally identical to its conventional counterpart. The issue is pesticide exposure, but many conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are very low in pesticides. Many foods are very low in pesticides and the only difference between them, and their non-organic counterpart is cost. In general, fruits and vegetables with impermeable skins are safe to buy conventional, while produce like celery, peaches, apples and blueberries are better purchased organic.
Bananas are the Best Source of Potassium.
Your body uses potassium to keep your nerves and muscles firing efficiently. One medium banana has 422 milligrams and 105 calories. Other sources provide roughly the same amount of potassium in fewer calories. For instance, half of a medium potato is only 80 calories and offers just as much potassium.
Low-fat or Fat-free is Better for You.
A low-fat or fat-free food is often lower in calories than the same size portion of the full-fat product, but not always. Many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have just as many calories as their full-fat versions or more. They may contain added sugar, flour or starch thickeners to improve flavor and texture after fat is removed. These ingredients add calories. Read the Nutrition Facts on a food package to find out how many calories are in a serving.
Now you know not to make these nutritional slip-ups. Follow these rules of thumb and stick to a balanced diet you should begin to feel the difference. And this difference can mean saving money on your term life insurance policy.