Healthy eating isn’t hard, but it does take commitment. Don’t let these common myths get between you and a healthier lifestyle.
Eating healthy foods is expensive.
Many people believe nutritious foods are more expensive, and they are, according to a recent study. But healthy eating is likely not as expensive as you think. A research review conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that when healthy foods are compared to unhealthy foods, the healthiest diets cost just $1.50 more per day. That’s about the cost of a cup of coffee, hardly the barrier it is perceived to be by many people.
Healthy foods take too much time to prepare.
You can have many healthy meals prepared in the time it takes you to wait in the drive thru line or for take out to be delivered. Sauteed greens are ready in 5 minutes, fish can be broiled in 15 minutes, and even a quick soup is 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 restricting fat and whole food groups 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 and you will find that healthy eating has never tasted better.