Myth: If a food is low in fat or fat-free, it must be healthy.

Nutrition Month Myth Busting

March is Nutrition Month

A time to reflect on eating habits, celebrate the nutritious food we can access in Canada and most importantly it’s time to bust some top nutrition myths.

Each week we will be sharing a top myth from the Dietitians of Canada and a recipe created in partnership with Heart and Stroke. Knowledge is power and when we can learn together we can grow together.

Eating 9 to 5!

Nutrition Month 2015 is dedicated to eating well at work and on the go.  This has been called – Eating 9 to 5! 

Let’s get packing lean protein, choose to include healthy fats like canola oil, nuts and avocado in our day and fuel our bodies with a variety of foods.

Do you have a nutrition question? Share with us below.

Eat well…Jenn

Myth: If a food is low in fat or fat-free, it must be healthy.

THE TRUTH: Just because a food is low in fat or fat-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In fact, a lot of foods that are low in fat are definitely not healthy choices, such as candy, pop, low-fat cookies and fat-free frozen treats. While these foods may have little fat, they can still be high in sugar and calories and offer few, if any, nutrients. There are, however, some foods that are higher in fat and a healthy choice, such as fish, avocados, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Choose foods wisely: Read food labels and consider a food’s overall nutrient content. Don’t judge a food by fat alone!

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Myth: Eating a lot of protein helps build muscle.

THE TRUTH: Protein alone does not build muscle mass. A strength-training program, along with enough calories from healthy foods, recovery time and sleep, are also needed for building muscle. Sure, you need protein, but overdoing it adds extra calories and won’t build bigger muscles. While most people get enough protein from their daily diet, strength-training athletes, like bodybuilders, might benefit from more protein, especially in post-workout snacks. But even that extra amount of protein can be met by simply choosing protein-rich foods from Canada’s Food Guide, such as lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, lower-fat milk and alternatives, and legumes.

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Order a copy of the ‘Quick and Healthy‘ recipe book

Quick and Healthy Cookbook Volume 5 | www.canolaeatwell.comPacked with a baker’s dozen recipes, photos, tips and nutritional analysis, this mini cookbook will get you inspired to try something new.

All recipes were created in partnership with Heart and Stroke, include many Canadian grown ingredients and have been tested in multiple kitchens.

We hope you’ll love this edition as much as we do!