They OD on healthy fats
There’s no question that extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and avocados are incredibly good for you. “They’re packed with monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that’s good for your heart,” says Keri Gans, RD, registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet. “But, for example, too many people think that the serving size of an avocado is the entire fruit when it’s actually one-fifth of an avocado. They think they’re making healthy choices, and they’re eating way too much.” It’s also easy to go overboard with nuts: a single serving fits into a mere shot glass. “Mixed nuts is a much better snack than a candy bar, but there is a point where too many calories will cause you to gain fat,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, a registered dietitian and wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Same goes for olive oil. “People put olive oil on their fish, their vegetables, and in their salad,” says Gans. “One tablespoon of olive oil is 120 calories, and all of a sudden you’re using way more than that.” While all of these healthy foods should have a place on your plate, be mindful of portion sizes. Here are other sneaky reasons you’re eating more than you think.
They buy everything organic
It may be more environmentally friendly to buy all organic. But if you’re doing it mainly to steer clear of pesticides, you may be wasting your money when it comes to certain types of produce. According to the Environmental Working Group’s latest “Clean Fifteen” list, avocados have the lowest pesticide load, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, and frozen sweet peas, so you don’t necessarily need to go organic when those foods are on your list. Instead, save your cash for organic versions of more pesticide-laden foods, such as apples and these. Here are 13 things you never knew about organic food.