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9 Popular Food Myths Busted

The adage, “you are what you eat” has a lot of truth to it. That said, there are a lot of myths surrounding different foods and why they are bad for health. What role do nutrition myths play in everyday life?

Health and nutrition go hand in hand.  Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and sleeping well help in fending off diseases.   In spite of knowing this, many people have some misconceptions about specific foods and why they are bad for health.  Here’s a look at the 9 most common ones.

  1. Eggs raise cholesterol and are bad for the heart: It is true that eggs have over 200 mg of cholesterol.  And cholesterol does clog arteries.  The fact is that healthy people are missing out on a good source of protein by skipping eggs.  When one eats eggs, the body automatically produces less.  Eating one egg a day is good for health, unless otherwise advised by the doctor.
  2. High fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar:  HCFS was developed to mimic sugar and it has the same effect on the body.  Eating less sugar is definitely good for health.  Keep this in mind when trying to make the good health and nutrition connection.
  3. Carbs make you fat:  This myth is still prevalent. There are quite a few low carb or no carb diets that people swear by.  Carbs are essential in providing energy and fibre.  Carbs are a source of many trace minerals and nutrients – so don’t cut them out totally. Strike the right balance.
  4. Eating more calories at night will make you fat:  The reasoning behind this theory is that you are awake during the day and can burn off calories.  The truth? Calories are calories and the total is what matters.
  5. My weight problems are due to wheat and dairy.   A person’s inability to process different foods means that the food is not metabolised.  The body is not getting enough calories which leads to weight loss. Of course, dropping a category will help with weight loss as those choices are no longer available.
  6. Microwaves take nutrients out of the food:  This is not true. It is the heat and cooking time that destroys nutrients.  Microwaves may help to minimize losses.  Good health and nutrition go hand in hand. So unless there are established studies, use a microwave without worrying.
  7. Eating several small meals through the day is better than 3 large meals:  It is a general belief that the metabolism stays high multiple meals.  The difference in calories burnt by eating 5 small meals and 3 regular ones is so low, that it really doesn’t matter.  This is to help dieters from bingeing.
  8. Fasting helps the body clear toxins: Not particularly true.  The body has systems in place to flush out toxins.  Let the kidneys and liver do their job well by eating a balanced diet and drinking a lot of water.
  9. Gluten-free diets give you energy and can treat autism:  Gluten-free diets were designed to help people with Celiac disease.  As for autistic children, the case isn’t very clear cut.  Since many of these kids have digestive issues, it helps to avoid gluten.

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