Some Old Nutritional Sayings Ring True!

momIn a world full of “old wives tales” and urban legends, it’s good to know that some old sayings still ring true and can be used to make better health choices no matter what time throws at us. A few to remember and pass on:
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away: Apples are a great source of Quercetin, a compound which offers antioxidant benefits in addition to fighting the flu and allergies. Make sure you chow the peel as well for even an even bigger dose of fiber and nutrients.
  • You are what you eat: Literally, you are! Every cell in your body is composed of the foods you eat….well, ate. Each macro-nutrient (the carbs, fats, and proteins) is broken down for use to form, repair, and further grow your body and each micro-nutrient (the vitamins and minerals) contribute to this process. This old saying is true in the most literal sense.
  • Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach: We’ve all been there. We load our plates with more than we can handle only to find that we’re full after eating only half of it. Some people have the will power to stop but most of us just plow right through, consuming more food than necessary. The human stomach has a volume of 45 ml. During a ‘feeding’ your stomach relies on some stretch receptors which allow most people to consume about a liter comfortably. After a 3 course meal, a few glasses of water, and some bread, it’s no wonder most people feel a little overwhelmed! Its always a safe bet to load your plate with half of what you think you need.
  • Eat some carrots to protect your eyes: The carotenoid compounds in carrots protect your night vision and prevent degeneration of the macula, a pretty important part of your eye that also protects your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Drink your milk for strong bones: Sure milk can’t be your only source of the bone securing mineral, calcium, but it sure is a good one! Calcium and iron fight for absorption and, being absent of much iron, milk is a great way to obtain- and keep- your calcium. Plus it’s easy to consume being that you can drink it plain, add it to a smoothie, eat a bowl of cereal, or moisten some fruit and granola.
  • Starve a fever, feed a cold: After a meal your body temperature rises so if you already have a fever, its best to avoid the further body temp spike. But in the absence of the hot mess, your body needs the extra calories to adequately fight the virus.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is: Fad diets, miracle pills, cleanses, and diet drinks- the list of products and gimmicks that promise dietary reform and fat loss are endless. But not a single one of these miracle approaches has had staying power. Nutrition and health that contribute to a fabulous lifestyle, make you feel good, and make you look good require a little attention and hard work. Nice try, but, this old saying is about as true as they come.

So while the field of health is ever changing and on the brink of new discoveries, sometimes the old nutritional tricks brought to us by the wise men and women of our past are the ones to rely on.