The TRUTH About Health is the Exact Opposite of What You've Been Taught

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Most of what you know about healthy eating is completely untrue. Find out why you should do the opposite of most health advice.

0:00 Introduction: What you’ve been told about health is the complete opposite

0:57 Everything in moderation

2:06 Don’t skip a meal

3:02 Eat fewer calories

4:26 Consume less fat

5:42 Avoid salt

6:55 Getting skinny means you’re healthier

7:59 The brain prefers glucose

9:08 Vegetable oil over saturated fat

10:10 Get your carbs from whole grains

11:00 You don’t need vitamins

12:10 Key takeaways

In this video, we’re going to talk about why what you’ve been told about health is the complete opposite of the truth.

Take a look at these ten conventional health tips that are untrue:

Lie #1. Everything in moderation. According to conventional health advice, there are no unhealthy foods. A good diet is about balance. This is not true—you need way more vegetables and healthy fats than you do refined carbs.

Lie #2. Don’t skip your meals. Always eat breakfast! This is bad advice because every time you eat, you spike your insulin level.

Lie #3. Calories in and calories out. Simple eat fewer calories to lose weight. Not true! Calories from carb-rich foods affect your insulin far more, which causes your body to store fat.

Lie #4. Consume less fat and cholesterol to be healthier. This is not true. Fat is important for a healthy body. Consuming fat does not make you fat.

Lie #5. High-salt diets are dangerous to the heart because they cause high blood pressure. This is false. High sodium does not cause high blood pressure.

Lie #6. Obesity is a health risk, and you need to lose weight to be healthy. This is not true. Frequent dieting and regaining lost weight can slow your metabolism and cause more health issues. Losing weight does not mean you’re any healthier.

Lie #7. The brain prefers carbs and glucose. Not true at all. Your brain’s preferred fuel source is ketones.

Lie #8. You should use vegetable oils instead of saturated fat. This bad advice can promote heart disease, problems with the eyes, diabetes, and much, much more.

Lie #9. It’s healthy to get your complex carbohydrates from whole grains. This is not true. In fact, consuming whole grains can block the absorption of essential minerals due to high phytic acid. Grains also spike insulin.

Lie #10. You don’t need vitamins if you’re eating a well-balanced diet. This is also not true. Many foods are depleted of minerals due to poor soil. Few people get enough vitamins and minerals—even on a healthy diet.




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