Five common misunderstandings about healthy eating
With almost half the participants in a recent study exceeding recommended BMI and total cholesterol levels, it appears Hongkongers need some help choosing what food to put on their plates
1. I do not like desserts. Instead, I enjoy eat fresh fruits. Why do I suffer from high blood glucose and triglycerides (TG)?
● Consuming too much fresh fruit or fruit juice is fattening and leads to a high level of blood glucose – it could be worse than eating cake or other sweetmeats.
2. I quit eating meat as I have high cholesterol.
● You may feel more hungry without meat in your meals, which could subsequently drive you to eat more food with high levels of starch.
● The body may absorb more starch without sufficient protein intake.
● Bad cholesterol may drop, but your triglyceride level may rise.
3. I quit eating food such as shrimp, crab, octopus and egg yolk that contains high levels of cholesterol. Why am I still suffering from high cholesterol?
● Cholesterol that exists in natural food does not do much harm to our health.
● But food with saturated fat or trans fat will turn into bad cholesterol, which could damage your health.
4. I avoid eating snacks such as candies and chocolates in between meals. Instead I opt for healthier choices like biscuits and bread.
● Foods containing high levels of starch will lead to high levels of blood glucose and triglycerides.
● Nuts, including almonds, are a healthier choice for afternoon tea. Eat protein with starch, such as having cheese with biscuits.
5. I am too busy to eat in between meals, so I’d better eat more during lunch and dinner.
● Rice and noodles contain high levels of starch.
● A large intake will lead to high levels of blood glucose and triglycerides.
Source: Quality Healthcare