Monday, May 03, 2010
Every day we're inundated with rules for healthy living. Unfortunately, many of them just don't hold true. Dawn Gravely, a trainer at Equinox in San Francisco, debunks 3 of them.
Myth 1: Chicken is always better for you than red meat.
Fact: If you leave the skin on or opt for dark meat, chicken contains more fat than pork or lean cuts of beef like top sirloin, flank, and filet mignon. In general, though, the fewer legs it has, the better protein it is. Aim to get most of your protein from sources with no legs (fish, eggs or tofu) and reserve four-legged proteins for once a week or less.
Myth 2: Multigrain bread is healthier than white bread.
Fact: "Multigrain" means only that they've used multiple types of grain-it's usually still stripped of the bran and germ that give grain its vitamins and fiber. Instead, look for the words "whole grain" on labels.
Myth 3: Brown sugar is better for you than white sugar.
Fact: Brown sugar, which gets is color from molasses, is usually still partially or totally refined, so it's just as bad. Opt for raw sugar because it has more minerals and hasn't been chemically processed. However, women should consume fewer than six teaspoons (about 100 calores) of sugar per day.