The 6 biggest diet blunders

And How to Avoid Them

Macy Wauligman

Summary

The article "The 6 biggest diet blunders And How to Avoid Them" is written by Sherry Bresica and posted on the Healthy Holistic Living website. In this article the author is focused on the 6 diet blunders that she believes to be important that her audience understands they are being misinformed about. Each of these blunders touch on why they are misconceptions and what you should do to benefit your health. The author states that many "healthy" dietary suggestions are not healthy, and can cause your body more harm than good. The author then after her 6 biggest diet blunders gives some "Real straightforward diet advice." The authors summarizes why you should "Eat real (not processed) foods, balance your intestinal flora, and get enough of Nature's anti-inflammatory-Omega-3 EFAs."

Blunder #1: Eliminate all saturated fats to prevent heart disease.

Your body must have saturated fats. The average person needs about 30 percent of their daily calories to come from fats. Of this 30 percent one-third of those should be saturated fats. Good sources of saturated fats: meat, butter, lard, suet, milk, eggs, cheese, avocados, and coconut oil. You should avoid trans-fats at all costs.

Blunder #2: Having a low-cholesterol diet always reduces blood cholesterol levels.

Only 25 percent of your cholesterol comes from food and your liver produces the rest. If your liver isn't healthy and working like it should it can cause your cholesterol to be elevated. If you become constipated frequently your cholesterol can be high because your liver is trying to eliminate the cholesterol but cannot. The cholesterol is then reabsorbed back into circulation. If you are worried about your cholesterol you should avoid refined carbs, drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Blunder #3: Artificial sweeteners are good for losing weight.

Your body isn't fooled by artificial sweeteners. When your body gets a taste of sweetness, it expects there to be calories as well. If no calories follow, this can cause a distortion in your biochemistry and can cause you to gain weight and increases your cravings for sweets.

Blunder #4: Whole grains are always good for you.

Whole grains are more nutritious than refined grains, but they are still starches and are converted to sugar when digested. Whole grains can contribute to weight gain and insulin resistance.

Blunder #5: Fish is always a healthy choice.

Depending on the fish you eat, fish can be very healthy. Farm-raised fish are given antibiotics to treat diseases that result from the crowded conditions. If you want fish you need to make sure that you are only buying fish caught from the wild.

Blunder #6: A low-salt diet always helps with high blood pressure.

A high sodium diet can drive up blood pressure for some people. Sodium works with potassium and when this pump is not working properly due to not enough potassium, this can raise the calcium levels in your body. If you have blood pressure concerns then you should avoid processed foods while receiving enough potassium in your diet. Potassium rich foods to include in your diet: greens, spinach, winter squashes, cantaloupe, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocado, broccoli and carrots.

Critique

Sherry Bresica, MSHN holds a Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition. She has written two books and on this site has published ten articles. Sherry Bresica works with a company called Holistic Blends, Inc. to offer nutritional guidance and supplements to help people to achieve a healthy lifestyle.


Healthy Holistic Living as site has many contributors. There are a magnitude of articles available for their readers. They have articles over healthy life, healthy recipes, and healthy aliments. You can even become a contributor by submitting your own article or video. Sherry Bresica became a contributor by submitting her articles to this site to gain popularity and views. Under their contributors page they have all their contributors listed and their achievements. They also have how their site can help these contributors to gain popularity from their 133,000,000 million page views.


What made this article inadequate and misleading to me was the fact that the audience that the author is trying to reach is almost nonexistent. If you are looking for information about a healthy diet you are most likely already at risk for health problems. If the reader were to skim through this article the information they would pick up was the blunders. If the reader chose not to read the rationale under each blunder they can get the wrong idea. This article is very contradicting to itself and only seems relevant because of the harsh words like "always." Using this word made her statements under the blunders seem more cushioned and laid back to the reader. She also did not go into depth under each of the blunders so for this information to be used as a helpful source you will need to end up doing more research to try and back up her statements she has made. If she had gone more into depth with her arguments she would have a more compelling and reliable article. The author did have some good reasoning to her statements about the blunders, but because she only just skimmed the surface they were not backed very well. Rather than using an article found on an internet blog, going to fda.gov will help the reader find more valid and in depth information.

Article Source

Brescia, S. (2015, September 19). The 6 biggest diet blunders And How to Avoid Them. Retrieved April 06, 2016, from http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/the-6-biggest-diet-blunders-and-how-to-avoid-them.html?t=DM