Common Food Misconceptions

It seems everyone is looking to either lose weight or eat healthier but with all of the different packaging schemes going on, it can be hard to decipher what is healthy and what is not. For more information on Wellness it is a good idea to consult with health professional Brian Torchin. Let’s take a look at some of the common food misconceptions that you might encounter on your next trip to the grocery store:

Granola
Granola can be really healthy for you since it is made with oats and it is a whole grain. These factors are true but many of the store bought granolas that you will find are made with a ton of unnecessary sugar and often cooked with butter or oil. Your best bet is to make your own healthy version at home or you can opt for a more plain variety in the store.

Juicing
When you run your fruits and veggies through a juicer you are eliminating all of the fiber that is included in it. This can cause a more rapid spike in your blood sugar and insulin levels. While it can be a form of gentle detoxing or a way to get all of your nutrients in, juicing should only include a few fruits or veggies at a time to reap the most benefits.

Yogurt
Again, yogurt can be very beneficial because of the cultures that are included which help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Unfortunately, most of the yogurts you will find in stores have crazy amounts of sugar in them. Stick with a plain variety and add your own honey or fruit.

The ‘Just Right’ Amount of Exercise

Too little, too much, too slow, too fast, always the word ‘too’ in front of what we think is the right amount of exercise. The experts can’t seem to agree on the best workout time for our health and longevity, so how are we supposed to know? Recent research, which compared the health and longevity of several groups of people who exercised for differing amounts of time, may finally give us the right answer.

We are aware of the importance of regular exercise and know that if we’re couch potatoes we may shave a few years off of our expected lifespan. Dino said that by the same token, we consider athletes who rigorous exercise for hours each week would have tremendously increased lifespans. Not exactly.

People who exercise for 10 hours or more each week don’t increase their lifespan any further than a person who exercises an hour and a half each week. An hour and a half, which translates into 3 – 30 minute workouts each week does increase the projected lifespan by 31%. That is the lowest recommended time for exercise by most experts and every little bit helps improve health and longevity, but exercise is not one of those things where if a little is good, a whole lot is better.

The research discovered that the ‘just right’ amount of exercise is slightly over an hour per day, 450 minutes total for the week. That sweet spot of exercise increases the lifespan by a projected 39%.