In my opinion, mainstream nutrition is a complete nonsense. The advancement in nutrition science is obvious, but despite all the efforts, some myths are still hanging around. Here are 9 nutrition myths in which people still believe.
Meat rots in your colon
A lot of people (and almost all vegans) think that meat takes days to digest, and that it just sits inside the colon, rotting slowly. But, is this really true? Dietitian Fiona Carruthers states that this is a myth which should have been long forgotten, since it is not even close to being true. She also says that meat, and other protein foods such as fish, leave the stomach in 2-3 hours and are fully digested in 4-6 hours. This is due to the fact that our digestive system is designed to recognize the type of food, and digest meat faster in order to have a good use of all the healthy nutrients; such as vitamin B, zinc and iron. Therefore, there is one conclusion: as everything else moves throughout the system, so does the meat; there is no “resting aside”.
Eggs Are Bad For You
When eggs are mentioned, people usually panic, saying that they are bad and have a high level of cholesterol. What people don’t know is that eggs are completely healthy and fine to eat, and that they take no part in increasing or decreasing one’s cholesterol level.
In fact, saturated and trans-fats are the global causes of cholesterol rise, and are to be blamed for many heart attacks all over the world – you can read all about it in this interesting article.
Eggs are (and should be) an essential part of every diet, for they are rich in vitamins (A, B2, B12, B5, D, E), Iron, Folic acid, Phosphorous, Iodine, Choline, Selenium and many other healthy nutrients. So, the bottom line is: feel free to eat eggs and instead, avoid fats.
Low Fat Diet = Healthy Diet
This is one of those diets which states that you will lose weight and stay healthy by eating only food low in fat. But, how true is this? To start off, one has to know that all food produced massively is modified; this means that the manufacturers took out all the fat from it, and added sugar instead. These actions make the food taste funny and full of sugar, which is an unhealthy carbohydrate. Eating food that is labeled as “low-fat” should be avoided, for it is full of sugar and other junk which is not healthy at all.
Also, eating food low in fat can cause your triglyceride level to rise, which leads to liver problems and potential cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, eating low-fat food means avoiding animal products that are known to be rich in healthy nutrients but also rich in fat. This will cause mayhem inside a person’s body, since many of the crucial elements and vitamins will be missing.
In addition to everything mentioned, one should know that low-fat food also increases cholesterol and lowers ones testosterone levels. You should think about these facts before thinking about switching to a low-fat diet.
Drink Fruit Juice Instead of Soft Drinks
Just what is wrong with the fruit juice? Here is a hint: the word “fruit” is totally misused here, for the juice has more sugar and other additives than it has fruit. Yes, the juice has a very small amount of vitamins and other antioxidants, but that is not nearly enough compared to the amount the human body needs on a daily basis.
On the other hand, the level of sugar contained within the juice is enough for 5-10 people. Also, it is rich in calories and low on fiber. The huge problem with juice is that it can be consumed in infinite amount, without even realizing it. Combine that with the sugar loads it contains, and there will be a clear reason for which one should avoid drinking the so-called “fruit juice”. Instead, eat whole fruits or make your own fresh fruit juice, without any additives or extra sugar.
Weight Loss Supplements Are All You Need To Lose Weight
It is yet another typical nonsense in which many believe. Since when is it possible to lose weight by just focusing on one thing (in this case, weight loss supplements)? Not only are they not enough for your diet to be complete and efficient, but they will mess up your diet and metabolism completely.
In the beginning, you might actually lose some weight due to the loss of appetite. Once you stop taking them, your body will become confused, and the “lost appetite” will strike back, this time more voracious than ever. You will end up gaining more weight than you had at the beginning of the diet.
Not only that, but your immune system will probably weaken and the level of crucial nutrients in your body will be very low. It is advised to use weight loss supplements in addition to an already existing diet, along with daily exercises, and a proper healthy lifestyle.
Weight Loss = Fat Loss
Another commonly mistaken fact is that losing weight doesn’t mean losing fat. These are two different things, and should be taken as such. Losing weight means reducing body mass; the sum weight of your bones, muscles, and organs. On the other hand, fat loss means lowering the amount of body fat.
People need to understand that losing weight doesn’t mean losing fat. It is highly suggested to focus on losing fat first, and losing weight second. Burning fat can affect losing weight, but this does not work vice versa. Also, losing fat can cause loss of muscles, and in order to prevent that, one has to keep working out while trying to lower his body fat.
Counting Calories Is The Way To Go
“Did I eat 1400, or 1432 calories today? Oh God, what if I ate more than allowed? I will have to eat less tomorrow.” – If you are one of those who think like this, you have the wrong mindset. Counting calories has been one hell of an unsuccessful diet, and it caused more problems than any other diet.
Stop counting calories, and instead, use simple trick to fool your brain. Make your plates smaller and eat more often. Don’t think about calories; just ignore additional sugar and fat. Focus on eating healthier foods like fresh fruits and vegetables that will make you feel full and satisfied (when consumed in normal doses). Certain fruits and veggies are full of fiber, rich in energy and healthy nutrients, and have fewer calories.
I Can Trust Nutrition Facts On Packaging
Before buying anything, read the labels and don’t fall for the big sign on the package saying “rich in Omega 3-s”. This is a common marketing trap for which we all have fallen for. . Manufacturers put a very small amount of a healthy ingredient such as Omega 3, and then put a huge sign on the middle of the package saying “rich in Omega 3-s”. This is a lie, and everyone should know that adding small amount of healthy ingredients to an unhealthy (and highly processed) food does not make it healthy at all.
Also, reading the small writing on the label, usually hidden from the first sight, will get you familiar with the true content of the package: tons of sugar, additives, preservatives, etc. Look for this description the next time you go shopping, for it will make a difference.
“Organic” and “Gluten Free” = Healthy
The most popular and trendy food is organic food, along with the gluten-free. So where is the problem with that? Just because something is organic or gluten-free, does not necessarily make it healthy. Organic ingredients are used in creation of many unhealthy recipes, and lots of junk food has the “organic” label.
Naturally occurring food that is gluten-free is fine, but everything that is processed in order to become gluten-free is more harmful than it was originally. Yes, it will become gluten-free, but what replaces the gluten is what we should be worried about. It is a combination of junk and harmful ingredients that are even worse than gluten-contained food. Verdict: Being organic does not make sugar healthy, and turning junk into gluten-free makes it still junk.