10 Popular myths about healthy eating

Food Myth #1: Avoid Eggs because of their cholesterol content

Eggs are an inexpensive source of many nutrients, including zinc and iron, antioxidants and zeaxanthin, vitamin D, and the brain-boosting chemical choline.

If you’ve been restricting your breakfast options to an egg-white omelette, you may be suffering needlessly.

Egg yolks have nearly half the protein of an entire egg, plus all the vitamins and minerals and omega 3s.Eggs are low in saturated fat, have no trans-fat and only a small amount of cholesterol. Most of the fat in eggs is the ‘good’ unsaturated fat that keeps you healthy.

Food Myth #2: Organic Food contains more nutrients than their conventional counterparts

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the organic label you see on foods at the supermarket. Legally, foods labelled “organic” must be grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, or growth hormones. Organic farmers also often follow production practices that are less harmful to the environment and to animal welfare.

However, many people believe that organic products are inherently more nutritious or healthier than their conventional alternatives. Large-scale studies of this topic have shown that it is not true. There is no difference in the amount or quality of the nutrients found in conventional foods versus their organic counterparts.

Food Myth #3: Skipping Breakfast is a Good Way to Cut Calories and Lose Weight Faster

Creating a deficit between the number of calories you consume and the number of calories your body burns is the only way to lose weight. With this in mind, some people rationalize that skipping a meal, usually Breakfast is a good way to cut excess calories. Although breakfast does deliver calories to your body, it also boosts your metabolism, and eating a meal in the morning is associated with weight loss success.

Also skipping breakfast might lead to overeating at the later part of the day. Portion control in every meal is the right way to reduce weight faster rather than skipping the meal.

Eating healthy breakfast is also important. 

Food Myth #4: Fresh Foods Are Always Better than Frozen Alternatives

Frozen fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen within hours of being picked, locking in a majority of the nutrients.During shipping and storage, natural enzymes are released in fresh fruit and vegetables that cause them to lose nutrients.

Unless there is sodium or salt or sodium chloride in the ingredient list, Frozen food is not bad for health.

Food Myth #5: Bread that is brown in colour is healthy 

All brown bread is not healthy as some products have processed white flour with added sugar or colour to get the brown colour. so check for the ingredient list. If the first one in the list says “Enriched bleached flour” then it is mostly same as white bread.

Choose the correct bread! Stay Healthy!!

Food Myth #6: Certain Liquid diet can push out the toxins

No diet can eliminate harmful invaders faster than your built-in clean-up crew (the liver, kidneys, and colon).

Water hydrates the liver and kidneys and encourages toxins to leave the body via urination. However, consumption of excessive water in the name of detoxing can be just plain dangerous. Symptoms of “water intoxication” include a headache, fatigue, vomiting and mental disorientation. Take 6-8 ounces of water throughout the day at regular intervals.

If your goal is to detox your system, don’t waste your time or money. your body is an expert at getting rid of toxins no matter what you eat.

The only type of detox diet that is worthwhile is the one that limits processed, high-fat and sugary foods and replaces them with more whole foods like fruits and vegetables.

Food Myth #7: You have to count calories to lose weight

Eating 100 calories of cupcakes or french fries is not same as eating 100 calories of veggies or brown rice. Stop thinking about the calories you take in, instead start thinking about where you get the calories from. Take in more of vitamins and minerals so that you can drop pounds without obsessing about the calorie count.

Food Myth #8: Eating FAT will make you FAT

We are so afraid of FAT that the moment we see food containing FAT, we avoid it without proper knowledge. Our body needs good FAT. so what is good fat? How is it related to cholesterol in our body?  Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the fat in our blood that our body needs for certain cell functions.This cholesterol when goes high leads to heart disease and stroke which in turn leads to a lot of unnecessary fear about foods that contain cholesterol (eggs, for example).

Cholesterol has a lot more to do with the KINDS of fat (and carbs) you eat, as well as genetics.

Saturated and trans fats have been known to raise cholesterol levels, so it’s important to limit your daily caloric intake from saturated fats to less than 10 % and avoid trans fats entirely.

Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, may actually help lower your blood cholesterol levels. High-fat foods that contain monounsaturated fats (avocados; olive oil; salmon; sardines; and nuts such as peanuts, almonds, and walnuts) can be part of a healthy diet, even for someone watching their cholesterol.

A handful of nuts per day can also help keep your blood vessels healthy and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Its all about the portion you take in the FAT containing food. Completly avoiding is not going to help you reduce your weight or keep you healthy

Food Myth #9: Eating after 6 P.M causes weight gain

It doesn’t matter how late you eat, but rather what you eat. If you eat more calories than your body needs, you will gain weight, even if dinner was at 5 p.m. The problem is, most people who eat late at night are starved and wind up overeating.

Having a very light dinner which will digest easily is the best option to lose weight quickly.

Food Myth #10: Carbs make you FAT

Low-carb diets can help with weight loss. In many cases, this happens even without conscious calorie restriction. As long as the carbs are kept low and protein intake is high, people lose weight.

However, this does not mean that food, high in carbs cause weight gain. “Obesity” is the term, we have been hearing only in the recent times. Our ancestors have had the same carbs and stayed healthy.

The truth is, refined carbs like refined grains and sugar are the ones that cause weight gain, but whole foods that are high in carbs are very healthy.

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