The most common food errors
Proper nutrition is what almost everyone thinks of adopting. Sometimes, in reality, only a part of our habits is really healthy, while others are the result of false myths or word of mouth that does not always carry genuine messages. Would you like to know more? Read the next lines.
The excess of some types of fats.
It is not true that all fats are harmful to health. Food fats, in fact, have a very important and different impact on our body. Some do well, such as extra virgin olive oil (also rich in polyphenols with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity) and omega-3s from algae or purified and concentrated fish oil. They are allies of health. On the contrary, other oils such as those of seeds are very rich in omega-6 which today we tend to take in excessive quantities. But to row against well-being there are also saturated fats, trans fats such as hydrogenated fats, fried or long-cooked fats. In the latter, in fact, due to protracted cooking, acrolein is formed, a substance toxic to the liver and irritating to the gastric mucosa. This does not mean that you should never eat it but undoubtedly indulge in it rarely.
The excess of sugars.
They are terrible, sometimes they hide in some packaged foods. This is the case, for example, of loaf bread or ready-made passata. Or some rusks to which, moreover, we often add sugary fruit jams without thinking of an appropriate balance with other macronutrients such as proteins. An excess of sugars in fact creates reactive hypoglycaemia which in the long run favors the increase in fat mass, making weight loss difficult.
Insufficient consumption of vegetables
Nowadays we know: eating fresh and seasonal vegetables with every meal is almost impossible. Yet this is what would be necessary to achieve the minimum daily requirement of polyphenols. Yes, because vegetables are not only rich in fiber but also contain vitamins and polyphenols. The fibers are not only useful for promoting intestinal transit but the substances they contain act as prebiotics favoring the intestinal flora. And there is more. They increase the sense of satiety (for this reason they should be consumed first in the meal) and have a positive impact on the glycemic response by slowing down the absorption of foods with a high carbohydrate content, just to mention some of the benefits. Furthermore, it has been observed that sportsmen who do not consume vegetables seem to get injured more frequently.
Elena Casiraghi, PhD - Equipe Enervit