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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 August, 2016, 3:31pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 August, 2016, 4:05pm

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