Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving


Stop comparing apples to oranges!

When and why did we decide that it was reasonable to pit nutritious foods against each other in a battle for the Most Nutritious? Sorry not sorry… Literally comparing apples to oranges is a waste of time.

In the past week I’ve seen this infographic from the Cleveland Clinic comparing olive oil and coconut oil:

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First, to address the battle between coconut and olive oil. I thought that we were all in agreement that saturated fats aren’t bad for us after all. I know that it can be hard to put aside beliefs that we’ve held for decades, but as health care professionals, shouldn’t we be providing the public with the most accurate information that we have? That being said, too much of any one thing is bad for you. Using too much olive oil will upset the balance of omega-3 to omega-6 in your diet which has been attributed to inflammation in the body. Including a variety of sources of fat in your diet is the best way to ensure that you’re getting a healthy balance. Olive oil and coconut oil can both be part of a healthy diet.

Second, to address the fruit battle. Why do we want to have a stand-off between healthy foods? Fruits all have vitamins and minerals and other important nutrients such as carbohydrate, fibre, water, even fat. Yes, unless you’re having fruit salad or a smoothie, you’re likely only having one at a time. This doesn’t mean you have to stress about which one will provide you with maximum nutrition. They are all good choices. Kudos to you for choosing fruit.

Want to know the most important component of a healthy diet? Variety!