It’s fascinating to me the misconceptions some people have about food and nutrition. It’s really unfortunate because these are usually the same people with the worst eating habits and they take the little bits and pieces of information they do have and come to the worst conclusions. Worst, is they will rationalize their eating habits or just not think it’s important enough to change and in the same breath say something completely outrageous about a food or particular diet (ie, vegan diet, vegetarian, raw, etc.)
Now, while I don’t entirely agree that all the diets out there are a good way to go (breatharian anyone?) I do absolutely believe that a plant based diet is extremely healthy.
So, for you amusement, here are just a few of the things some people have told me at work. They do all know that I’m vegan by the way…
Eating too much avocado could give me a heart attack because of the fat. I kindly explained to her that avocados do not contain saturated fat (the kind that causes heart attacks) and that the fat they do contain is healthy fat that we need not to mention vitamins A, C, E, fiber, and protein
Eating pineapple is a bad food choice because it will create a lot of acid in the stomach. By the way the person who told me this normally has a cheeseburger and fries for lunch… Wow, where to begin with this one.. I didn’t have time to get into where he got this information but did explain to him that having acid in the stomach is not necessarily a bad thing and eating pineapple or any fruit is never going to be a bad thing! It’s known for having a lot of Bromelain which is a digestive enzyme, has anti-inflammatory benefits, a great source of Vitamin C and Manganese. It is also a good source of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Copper and dietary fiber.
It’s tough when I get into one of these conversations because if I say too much I run the risk of coming off “preachy” and that never sways anyone. But, not saying enough and I feel like I’m leaving these people in the dark with their nutritional misinformation that they picked up who knows where. So, I go the route of baby steps… leading by example and responding with simple corrections but trying not to go to far beyond that.
How do you guys respond to people giving you nutritional advice that is so clearly wrong?