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Healthy Eating Myths

Healthy eating isn’t hard, but it does take a little planning. Don’t let these common myths get between you and a healthier lifestyle.

Eating healthy foods is expensive.

Healthy eating is likely not as expensive as you think. The Harvard School of Public Health revealed that healthy diets typically cost only $1.50 more per day than unhealthy diets. That’s the cost of a cheap cup of coffee – hardly the barrier many people perceive it to be.

Healthy foods take too much time to prepare.

You can prepare many healthy meals in the time it takes to wait in the drive-through line or for foods to be delivered. Sauteed greens are ready in 5 minutes, fish can be broiled in 15 minutes, and quick soups can be ready in under 30 minutes. With 10 minutes added for prep and cleanup, you are still spending only a small amount of time in the kitchen in return for big health benefits.

Healthy food doesn’t taste good.

It’s understandable that healthy food got the reputation for bad taste. Throughout the years, popular diets have restricted fat and eliminated entire food groups and, in the process, have taken the flavor right out of healthy eating. Now many fats are recognized for their health benefits, and many seasonings can be found without excess salt. Natural sugars provide a touch of sweetness without going overboard, and seasonal foods are more accessible. All of this leads to flavorful meals. Include a variety of fresh, natural foods in your diet, and you will find that healthy eating has never tasted better.

Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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