There are lots of nutrition myths out there, and I do mean a LOT of of hearsay information about health and nutrition. Some make no sense, others are old-wives tales with little to no scientific basis, but many are just downright dumb and baseless.
So we at Life Lab Magazine wanted to address some of the most prevalent nutrition myths out there.
Here are five of the most common nutrition myths.
Fat is bad
No, fat is NOT bad. It really is not that black and white. If you cut out all fat from your diet, your health will suffer. More importantly, you brain will suffer as fat feeds the brain.
Our body needs fats – namely fatty acids Omega 3 and 6.
The fat to avoid is trans fat, the stuff that is regularly used to make processed and junk food. So go easy on those, but don’t go cutting out all fat from your diet.
Common sense is the name of the game…
Carbs are bad
Again, not that simple. Carbs by themselves are not bad, it is only when people eat too much of them that it causes problems. So carbs aren’t the problem, our willpower is (I know I have indulged in too much pasta at times…)!
So the key to remember here is to eat carbs in moderation. If you are not overdoing it, it’s fine.
Bread is bad
The issue here is exactly the same as that with carbs – bread isn’t inherently bad, eating too much of it is! So the solution is again the same… eat in moderation.
I personally prefer wholemeal bread, how about you?
Eating less more frequently is good
For a time there was this massive drive towards eating less, but more frequently.
Unless you are a professional athlete, there isn’t really a whole lot of reason for you to break up your meals into many smaller meals. I can tell you from personal experience, it is a giant pain in the backside! It’s a lot of work for little to no benefit.
A US government study found that maintaining good health really didn’t depend on the number of meals, but instead was a matter of your total calorie intake.
So what is important is to eat well, and not have a calorie surplus (in case you are trying to lose a few pounds like yours truly…).
Detox is important
The number of times I’ve heard this!
There is no conclusive evidence about the benefits of detoxification. The claims of its benefits mainly came to the forefront because of the rapid weight-loss detoxing often results in.
Now here’s the thing – the weight loss isn’t some miracle effect of detoxing. No, it is a simple matter of not feeding your body enough. When there is a calorie deficit, you will lose weight. You don’t really need detoxing for that.
So the next time you get someone telling you how you “must” try detox, do your research.
We hope these help you on your health journey (and yes, it is a journey, one that takes lots of time and patience).
We want to break through as many of these myths as we can (get our hands on), so let us know if you have any myths you have come across.
What other nutrition myths are you aware of?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
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