It takes a long time to change people’s minds about stories and information they’ve heard a long time ago. Whether that information is correct or not, because someone believed it at first, it’s hard to change the message later.

There are four foods I always find myself correcting people on: egg yolks; saturated fats; salt; and soy.

The bad rap comes from poor and biased research and media reports. As consumers, we all need to be more concerning and conscious of what we put in our mouths.

1 – Egg yolk: despite claims that eggs (in particular the yolk, as this is where all the nutrients are found) contain too much fat and cholesterol, a healthy egg also contains adequate lecithin. Lecithin is a compound that effectively emulsifies the fats and cholesterol in eggs making the whole egg a well-balanced, natural food source that is very healthy. It is recommended that quality free-range eggs can be enjoyed in abundance.

Dr Bernard Jensen, author of Foods That Heal describes eggs as “having all the right nutrients for the brain, nerves and glands”.

The cholesterol myth has been turning people away from eggs yolks for too long. The case against cholesterol, which was made nearly 30 years ago, was based on faulty evidence. This bogus science that incorrectly labeled cholesterol the ‘bad guy’.

2 – Saturated fat (found in red meat, butter, coconut, etc): Dr Joseph Mercola, author of Effortless Healing, says the notion that saturated fats are bad is “a misguided fallacy. This is simply another myth that has been harming your health for the last 30 or 40 years”. Saturated fats, from good sources, are essential for your health and have been proven beneficial for cardiovascular health, bone strength, liver health, lung function, brain function, proper nerve signalling, and immune strength.

3 – Salt: my grandfather used to call salt “white death”, which made me not eat salt for a very long time. Now don’t get me wrong, table or refined salt, like all refined food, is not great for you.

However, coloured salt – the best of which is Himalayan pink salt, has many health benefits. It contains 84 essential minerals required by the human body, promotes a healthy pH balance, helps regulate blood sugar levels and helps regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle.

A major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has determined that there is insufficient evidence to show that limiting salt consumption has any effect on health. Research has shown that when we limit our salt intake, the resulting blood pressure drop is generally minimal (120/80 may drop to 118/79), not really enough to make much difference. Furthermore, limiting salt too much has its own risks, since the human body needs salt to function properly.

4 – Soy: soy has been promoted as a healthy alternative to meat and dairy for years. However, soy is closely related to estrogen dominance. High estrogen levels are linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition and loss of libido.

Soy is one of the great healthy option mistakes! Although, there are some acceptable forms of soy products.

Good options are fermented soy products like miso soup, natto and tempeh but these should not be consumed in great quantities.

Phil Kelly is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (starfitnesssaigon.com), online, at your home or at Body Expert Studio (www.bodyexpertsystems.com). Contact him through facebook.com/BodyExpertSystemsVietnam.