7 Nutritional Myths Debunked!
| Written by Bernice Neai
We have all subscribed to some known ‘fact’ or other when it comes to healthy and unhealthy foods. While these ‘facts’ may have been around for a long time, this does not make them necessarily true. Learn to separate fact from fiction, as we debunk mainstream nutritional myths!
“Egg Yolks Raise Your Cholesterol"
Why all the hate for egg yolk? it has earned the unfortunate and unfair reputation for increasing cholesterol levels, and promoting heart disease. But the cholesterol in egg yolks is not associated with high blood cholesterol levels or heart disease. We are always being told to consume only egg whites and yolk-free recipes have been recommended. But if you toss out the egg yolks, you’re also tossing out some of the most nutritious parts of the egg as egg yolks contain vitamins A,D, E, K and also omega-3 fats.
“Eating Fat Make You Fat”
The more fat we consume, the more fat we store in our body - Sounds logical, doesn’t it? But what if eating fat helps you burn more calories? Choosing the right fats can help improve your food intake, taste preferences and even your metabolism. Sources of good fats include olive oil, avocados, nuts and fish.
“Dark Bread Is Better Than White Bread"
Don’t judge your loaf just by its colour as it may be caramel or molasses added to make it look dark and healthy. Do your homework to discover just what your favorite sandwich loaf is made of. Read the ingredients and look at the nutrition facts panel. What you should be looking for and seeing as the first ingredient is wholewheat or other grains such as barley or oats. In this case, darker bread would be healthier!
“Low-Fat Is Better and Low in Calories”
Fat-free doesn’t necessarily mean trouble-free. The problem with low-fat or fat-free foods is that on its own, it can also be almost ‘taste-free’. And to make up for it, food manufacturers add other ingredients to make up for it such as sugar, flour, thickeners and salt. That adds up on the calorie meter and the fact that it’s low-fat or fat-free is made redundant.
“Eating Late At Night Will Make You Gain Weight
It’s not the time of day that makes a difference—it’s what you’re consuming. Calories are calories, no matter what time they’re eaten. What is sabotaging your efforts is routinely overindulging. Most people tend to indulge in high-calorie food like fast food after a long, stressful day. Do make it a point to spread your food intake out over the day to sustain your energy. But don’t worry, should you get hungry late at night, just have a healthy drink or snack.
“Coffee is Unhealthy and Should be Avoided”
Drinking coffee on its own is good for your health. Coffee may help to prevent several chronic diseases and is also known to be a mood booster, helping to fight depression! What may make coffee unhealthy is what you add to it such as sugar and syrups, so be mindful of this and moderate your consumption.
“Extra Protein = Extra Muscles”
Many assume that because muscle is protein, the more protein they eat, the bigger their muscles become; but it doesn’t work that way. For muscles to grow, they must be subjected to physical activity and resistance training. But what you want to focus on is making sure that you get sufficient protein for your body to recover and help in repairing the muscles after a workout. High protein foods include tofu, beans, dairy, meats and eggs.