HEALTHFUL FOOD FALLACY
THE HEALTHFUL FOOD FALLACY
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
No single food causes diseases and no single food prevents them. You
may have read that you should eat olive oil because it contains
monounsaturated fats that help to prevent heart attacks, but you can
also get monounsaturated fats in peanuts, nuts, sunflower seeds and
many other seeds.
Cereals containing oats may claim that their soluble fiber lowers
cholesterol, but you can get soluble fiber from many fruits and
whole grains. You will raise your cholesterol if you take in more
calories than you burn, no matter how much soluble fiber you eat.
Deep water-fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that help to prevent
heart attacks, but you can also get omega-3 fatty acids from
soybeans, flax seeds, whole grains and other seeds. If you don't eat
lots of fruits, vegetables whole grains and beans, you will increase
your risk for a heart attack even if you eat fish oil or other
sources of omega-3's.
It's your total intake of nutrients that counts. The best research
on diet available today shows that if you want to prevent heart
attacks and many cancers, you should eat a wide variety of fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, beans and other seeds. You can't prevent
heart attacks just by eating olive oil, fish oil, oat bran or any
other specific food. You also won't cause a heart attack with a
serving of butter, bacon, meat or pizza.