9 Food Myths That Have Fooled Us All

1. Unsaturated fats are good, saturated fats are bad

Everyone knows that fat is the devil and, specifically, how important it is to avoid saturated fats.┬áMost food labels break down the fat content into two categories: saturated and unsaturated; this laves us, the consumer, to make the decision as to whether the number on the box is good or bad. It would be fantastic if it was that easy. However, it’s not. Marketers have taken hold of the term saturated and unsaturated to┬ámake their products more desirable.

Some unsaturated fats are better for you than others. For example, the fat found in avocados, olive oil and nuts, or the Omega-3 oils found in seaweed, fish and other greens are very healthy. In contrast to these healthy unsaturated fats, a high intake of Omega-6 fatty acids found in corn, soybean and cottonseed oils are linked with cellular inflammation. Omega-6 oils are essential in your diet, so really it’s all about moderation.