Many people today want to pick up and develop healthier habits to live longer and happier lives. The most common way to get started in the right direction is to get advice from fitness experts and from people in your own circle who live healthily. Unfortunately, not all the advice that you get is true. There are myths that you should watch out for.
The basic health and fitness advice that you will get is to eat healthily and exercise regularly. When it comes to making changes to the food that you eat, here are 6 common nutrition myths you still believe in, but shouldn’t:
Most common nutrition myths
Eat several small meals a day to boost your metabolism.
This is a popular method that dieters have been following for years. Instead of the usual 2-3 meals per day, they eat 5-6 smaller meals per day. Despite it being so popular, there has been no scientific evidence of this change leading to faster or higher metabolic rates.
It may lead to other benefits like reducing excess hunger, but it doesn’t, however, lead to burning more calories. The number of calories you get from specific types of food remain the same regardless of when you eat them. Likewise, there is no time of day or frequency where your body decides to not store excess calories as fat.
Egg yolks are unhealthy.
The common belief that egg yolks are bad for you came from the perception that the cholesterol it contains will lead to health risks. However, for most people, the cholesterol in egg yolks don’t necessarily translate to higher cholesterol in the blood.
In fact, eggs have been shown to raise good cholesterol in the bloodstream. Good cholesterol lowers the risk of heart problems. Just keep in mind that this isn’t the case for diabetics and perhaps for those with other pre-existing illnesses as well. It’s still best to consult with your doctor and nutritionist to find out if you are allowed to have egg yolks in your diet.
Don’t eat fat.
Fat is not what makes you fat. Surprising as it may seem, eating fat does not automatically make you fat. Diets that are high in both fat and carbs make you fat. Diets that are high in fat but low in carbs result in more weight loss than just plainly reducing your fat intake.
It is also important to remember that naturally occurring fat (fat in fish, lean meat and some produce) are healthier than consuming “low-fat” health food because manufacturers put in a whole lot of sugar in them to make them taste better. These can easily become excess sugar in your diet.
Gluten is bad for you.
This is true only when you have Celiac Disease, which only affects around 1% of the population, and if you have gluten sensitivity, which only affects around 6% of the population. Natural foods are naturally gluten-free. Just because a bag of fancy chips says its gluten-free, it doesn’t mean it isn’t still junk food.
High-fructose corn syrup is the worst.
There are many forms of sugar and the most common is the high-fructose corn syrup found in most products. It is among the cheapest sweeteners to make and purchase. However, there has been no indication that high-fructose corn syrup is worse than the regular white or brown sugar variants that you can find in supermarkets.
It is still advised that everyone should lower their sugar intake no matter what form of sugar it may be. Sugar can be a good supplementary source of energy to power you through the day, but it should only be taken in small amounts and never in excess.
Energy drinks are better than soda.
Energy drinks attempt to boost your energy by pumping you full of B-vitamins, caffeine, and different amino acids. What you should take note of when you buy these energy drinks is that they contain loads of sugar.
When compared with each other, energy drinks were actually found to have more sugar than sodas. They contain more calories than sodas, are more corrosive to your teeth and digestive linings, and provide an even worse “crash” than your regular sugar-high crash. Save yourself the trouble and drink some coffee for that natural caffeine if you want that energy boost so badly.
There are many ways to get healthier. The most important thing to remember when attempting to do so is to eat natural and have nothing in excess.