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Five most common misconceptions about healthy food

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist, MenuMax.com

Have you ever noticed how the word ‘healthy’ can take on a whole bunch of different meanings, especially when it comes to food?

We are living in a society where everyone seems to have their own meaning of ‘healthy’. Is it motivating? No. Confusing? Most definitely. So here is a list of five common misconceptions about healthy food that hopefully will help you put some of this confusion to rest.

  1. ‘Light’ choices are supposed to be healthier choices. Whatever ‘light’ is, whether it is low-calorie or low-fat, it doesn’t necessarily make the food that you are about to eat healthy. First, ‘light’ foods can still be highly processed foods. Second, the definition of ‘light’ can be quite subjective, as, according to the FDA, it should be determined in reference to another similar food.
  2. Healthy food is generally tasteless, bland and boring. Gone are the days when healthy food was equated to a side of steamed frozen carrots and broccoli. If this is what you are serving, then perhaps it is time to re-think your menu. There are plenty of resources available designed to help you create dishes that are flavorful, tasty, and rich in nutritional value.
  3. Healthy food comes down to vegetables that aren’t filling and have little or no protein. If this were true, our vegan and raw food friends would be in trouble. Vegetables represent just one food group that plays a very important part in healthy eating. Other food groups, such as legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and plant fats and oils, create dishes that are not only satisfying, but balanced in nutrition and rich in flavor.
  4. Food labeled low sodium, low cholesterol, or low sugar are supposed to be healthy. Such claims have become a convenient marketing tool for food manufacturers whose single goal is to sell their products. Similar to misconception #1, just because something is ‘low cholesterol’, doesn’t mean that it is better for you. If you’d like to learn more about health claims and food labeling, go to http://www.fda.gov/food/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation.
  5. Gluten-free food is a healthier choice. Let me put it this way: unless consumed by someone with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance/sensitivity, gluten-free food is not going to improve your health in any significant way. Unfortunately, the gluten-free claim is quickly becoming just another marketing tool to sell highly processed products that aren’t always the best choice even for those with Celiac or gluten intolerance/sensitivity.

How can you help clarify these misconceptions for your customers using your menu or other available resources?

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