"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” — La Rochefoucald
We often hear plenty of misconstrued facts regarding health and nutrition every single day. Common misconceptions revolve around healthy eating which hides the real truth behind the curtains. Many a time, people tend to believe half-truths which make them even more anxious regarding their health. Trust me, there is a thin line of difference between fact and fiction. All you need to do is be open-minded to focus on the logic to see things clearly. It is time to stop feeding yourself with misguided information. Here is an amazing list of 10 health and nutrition myths you need to stop believing right away:-
Myth 1: Drinking eight glasses of water is good for health
Fact: Well, you don’t need to keep a count of how many glasses of water you drink every day. It is not essential to consume plain water to meet your body requirements. You can take water in the form of vegetable juices, milk, fruits, caffeinated beverages, and even cooked rice. Therefore, it is a mere conception that only plain water can contribute to your fluid needs.
Myth 2: Dark bread is healthier than white bread
Fact: Appearances can be deceptive even when it comes to bread. Mere color of the bread cannot determine its nutrient quotient. You need to go through its list of ingredients to check what is actually beneficial for you. Darker bread can be nothing more than caramel-coated bread. You might be signing up for just a colored white bread.
Myth 3: Salads are highly recommended as they are healthiest in the diet menu
Fact: Choosing salad is often considered to be the safest option for all the diet freaks. You might be mistaken in that case. Lettuce mixed with sugar and added toppings can contain more calories than the finger-licking pizza you might be trying to resist all this while. All those extra layers of creamy dressings of bacon, cheese, dried fruits can contain more fat than you would have imagined.
Myth 4: Margarine is way better than butter when it comes to a healthy diet.
Fact: You might be surprised to hear that margarine contains more trans fats and is worse than butter which contains saturated fat. Butter doesn’t contain any extra ingredients to satisfy your taste palates. On the other hand, hydrogenated oils can be extremely harmful to your body. Go through the ingredient list elaborately and go for the ones with olive oil.
Myth 5: Organic food is healthy
Fact: There is a big hullaballoo around the word “organic”. People tend to escape eating snacks by labeling them as “organic”. You cannot be consoling yourself every time you try cookies, chips, or candies. The harsh reality is that they contain as much sugar, fat, and calories as any other non-organic snack.
Myth 6: You need to cut carbohydrates in your diet to lose weight.
Fact: Carbohydrates are extremely essential for maintaining energy, concentration, and stamina. Therefore, it is not desirable to cut on carbs at any point. You could be missing out on important nutrients that are responsible for the maintenance of your health.
Myth 7: Consuming dark chocolate can help you burn fat.
Fact: It can be satisfying to the taste buds that dark chocolate can help you lose weight. Polyphenols which is the main nutrient of dark chocolate helps in burning fat and lowering down the blood pressure. But how processed is your dark chocolate? Its ingredients will be lost if it way too processed for any actual health benefits.
Myth 8: Sea salt is way healthier than regular table salt.
Fact: The difference between them is in their texture, taste, and processing. Health advocates promote the use of sea salt as it contains compounds of magnesium, sodium, and iron. However, the real truth is that they are present in mere quantities. On the other hand, if you miss out on regular table salt, you will be losing out on iodine which plays an instrumental role in regulating the hormones.
Myth 9: Paleo diet promotes weight loss and burns calories.
Fact: Paleo diet consists of veggies, fruits, seafood, legumes, starches. Hence, it is often seen as a golden diet rule for many. However, the paleo diet is just a way of deceiving yourself as it contains steak and bacon. It won’t pay you in the longer run.
Hence, in a nutshell, these are just a few myths in the bucket list. All you need to do is find out the whole story behind every such false truth you hear.
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