Nutrition has dramatically changed over the last 50 years and even more so in the last five years thanks to new wellness initiatives and popular meal plans. Household nutrition rules such as cutting back on cholesterol are being dispelled, as the amount of cholesterol we consume is not actually linked to the cholesterol found in our blood.
A more serious problem than having high cholesterol would be having high triglycerides, and luckily, cutting back on your carbohydrate consumption can dramatically reduce your risk of having them. Along with the myths surrounding cholesterol, saturated fats are now being proven to prevent heart disease rather than cause heart attacks, as previously recommended by nutritionists.
Among these changes in nutritional science, one rule has remained true: trans-fat is bad for you. No matter the patient, we recommend for our patients to avoid trans-fats as much as possible. Another recently disproved misconception is around how much protein we should be consuming on a daily basis.
Some people believe there is no limit, but unless you are a powerlifter or serious athlete, you should only be eating the amount of protein that can fit into the palm of your hand, twice a day. By following this rule of thumb, you can aim to consume around 5-7 ounces, no matter the type of meat (lean meat such as chicken or fish, or red meat such as beef) depending on your size.
Since protein is the hardiest food for our body to process, eating too much protein can result in constipation and your body working overtime just to process the protein in your meal. By balancing your intake of proteins and carbohydrates, you will be well on your way to enjoying a healthy diet and more enjoyable life.