I’ve got intelligence about the food you eat. Ever hear that a high protein diet hurts your kidneys? That sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes? Or that eating red meat causes cancer? Well, let’s separate food fact from food fiction on these myths right now! This comes from nutrition expert Alan Aragon, and Rodale Publishing.
- Food Myth #1: A high protein diet is bad for your kidneys. Research has shown that eating more protein does increase the speed at which blood filters through our kidneys each minute, but there’s zero published research showing that downing hefty amounts of protein damages healthy kidneys! So how much protein should you eat each day? Alan recommends basing your intake on your body weight. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, then eat one-third of that weight in grams of protein each day. So a 150 pound person should eat 50 grams of protein. That works out to about two eggs for breakfast, a tuna fish sandwich for lunch, and roasted chicken for dinner. Also because protein keeps you feeling full longer, you’ll naturally eat less.
- Next Food Myth: Sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes. Alan says the truth is that BOTH are good for you. The reason white spuds get such a bad rap is because most of us eat them highly processed – in the form of chips or French fries! However, a baked white potato is higher in Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and potassium than a sweet potato. So what’s the advantage of sweet potatoes? They’re high in fiber and Vitamin A. Bottom line: The form in which you consume a potato – like baked versus fried – is more important than the type of potato!
- Finally, Food Myth #3: Eating red meat causes cancer. Alan says no research has ever shown that red meat alone is the CAUSE of cancer. In fact, lean beef is a good source of selenium – a mineral linked with a reduced risk of some cancers. The only proven danger with red meat is if you eat it charred. That’s because any charred food contains carcinogens linked to stomach and colon cancer. So go for the cuts with “loin” or “round” in the name - like sirloin or top round. They contain less fat than other cuts. And trim off any overcooked section of your steak before you eat it.