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Don't Believe in These 6 Hyped Cancer Myths!

Dr. Sandeep Nayak, Surgical Oncologist
Try a Google search on ‘cancer’ and you’ll be hit with millions of web pages. And same is the case with YouTube videos. Not only does an online search brings up a wealth of credible information about the disease and its treatment, but also pages spreading common myths and misconceptions. So how do we know what’s accurate when some of these myths can sound perfectly logical?Certain popular notions about how cancer starts and spreads—though scientifically wrong—can seem to make sense, especially when those ideas are rooted in old theories. But wrong ideas about cancer can lead to needless worry and even affect good prevention and treatment decisions. It is always advisable to check the source of the article. Medical professionals writing an article or blog on their specialties would always be more reliable than an unknown source. Here are some common cancer myths and misconceptions:Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern diseaseCancer is not just a ‘modern’, man-made disease of Western society. Cancer has existed as long as humans have. There is evidence of cancer in historical scriptures and archaeologists have found remains of people who died of cancer thousands of years ago. Our lifestyle and longevity might have increased the risk of cancer.Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancerBlueberries, beetroot, broccoli, garlic, green tea… the list goes on. Despite thousands of websites claiming otherwise, there’s no such thing as a ‘superfood’. It’s a marketing term used to sell products and has no scientific basis. These foods rich antioxidants may reduce the risk, but cannot completelyprevent it.  Myth 3: ‘Acidic’ diets cause cancerThis is biological nonsense. True, cancer cells can’t live in an overly alkaline environment, but neither can any of the other cells in your body. There’s no good evidence to prove that diet can manipulate whole body pH, or that it has an impact on cancer. However, it is true that the acid secreted by stomachhas a role in reducing cancer risk. Myth 4: Cancer is a fungus – and sodium bicarbonate is the cureProponents of this theory say that cancer is caused by infection by the fungus candida, and that tumours are actually the body’s attempt at protecting itself from this infection. As far as we are aware, there have been no published clinical trials of sodium bicarbonate as a treatment for cancer. We do wish it was that simple.Myth 5: There’s a miracle cancer cure…From cannabis to coffee enemas, the internet is awash with videos and personal anecdotes about ‘natural’ ‘miracle’ cures for cancer. Some wild fruits have been portrayed as miracle cure for cancer. Medical science specialises in extracting the chemicals available in naturally occurring in the environment to see the effect on cancer cells and make to available to patients. Many of the treatments available to days have been derived from naturally occurring chemicals. Myth 6: Alternate medicine can cure cancer without side effect…Contrary to popular belief, alternate medicines are not side effect free. Many of the products used in alternative medicine have heavy metals which are poisonous and can affect the function of vital organs. The naturally occurring chemicals in plants that have medicinal property need to be extracted to give best results. When these products are administered without purification, the other chemicals in the product can cause severe side effects.Modern medicine may still be lagging behind in the treatment of some cancers. However, what is provided by modern medicine is tested, researched and documented. It is important that the patients don’t take treatment based in myths and loose valuable time when cancer could be cured. 

8 Myths You Thought Were Facts!

Dr. Shalini Joshi, Internal Medicine
Today people from all walks of life are living under more stress - spouse, aging parents, difficult kids, demanding boss. Add to this a never ending and never moving traffic and pollution.Amidst all this, you are trying to lead a healthy life. Sometime you get facts, sometimes fiction. And sometimes you don’t know which is which. Here are 8 of the most common ones busted for you.1. Myth: Eating banana causes weight gain because it has high calorie content.Fact: On the contrary, it is a very healthy snack, rich in fibre and potassium. Its sweetness comes natural fruit sugar - fructose.2. Myth: Taking Calcium supplements causes kidney stones.Fact: Calcium strengthens bones. Growing kids and elderly people need extra calcium supplements in addition to milk and curd.3. Myth: Drinking milk makes you fat.Fact: It is a good source of calcium and protein which keeps blood glucose steady. You don’t feel hungry. It is good to drink in breakfast and before sleeping at night.4. Myth: Juice is a complete health drink.Fact: Juices have high glycemic index and cause weight gain. They don’t have any fibre content as well. It is far better to eat the whole fruit.5. Myth: Weight loss in elderly is a sign of old age.Fact: Unintentional weight loss in any age group should be a cause for concern nd needs prompt medical attention. Doctor should be consulted to rule out several possible diseases.6. Myth: Diabetes and high blood pressure occurs only in elderly people.Fact: In fact, in India, it is diagnosed in the late 20s and early 30s due to sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits.7. Myth: Watching TV before going to bed at night is relaxing.Fact: Watching TV at night stimulates the brain and causes difficulty falling asleep, and may even lead to insomnia.8. Myth: Early morning sun is beneficial for Vitamin D3 synthesis.Fact: Sun exposure between 10 am to 3 pm is advisable to boost vitamin D3 production in the skin.Live healthy, be wise.

Spot Fat Reduction: Myth or Reality?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Quite often you come across advertisements like “loose belly fat within 5 days” or “inch loss within a week”. But in reality, there is no such thing as spot reduction. Fat reduction occurs throughout the body, not in specific areas.According to Refine method founder and exercise brainiac Brynn Jinnett, “There’s no evidence that working a muscle inspires your body to mobilize the fat next to that muscle group.”Spot Fat reduction refers to the belief, long viewed as a myth, that fat can be targeted for reduction from a specific area of the body. This is a common view, although many people believe that view is misguided. It is not possible to achieve spot reduction through exercise of specific muscles, such as exercising the abdominal muscles in an effort to lose weight in or around one's midsection. You might have a tendency to put on more weight in a certain area, for eg.; men tend to put fat on the belly while women on the hips.You will never attain a flat stomach just by performing abdominal exercises. The reason for this is simple: a muscle does not own the fat that surrounds it. Sit-ups, for example, will definitely strengthen your abdominal muscles, but sit-ups alone will not get rid of the layer of fat that is covering the muscles. To lose fat anywhere on your body you need to burn calories by following a program that involves both cardiovascular training and weight training. In doing so, you will decrease fat stores throughout your body; including the problem areas.So what's the right way to blast your fat (especially in the abdominal region)? We suggest working your body's largest muscle groups with multi-joint strength exercises, such as squats, push-ups, shoulder presses, and deadlifts. Besides burning more calories than crunches (one pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, after all), working larger muscle groups is linked with the greatest muscle formation and resulting metabolic after burn possible. What's more, high-volume, low-rest exercise protocols (such as performing 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps with no more than 60 seconds rest in between) stimulate the greatest release of growth hormone and testosterone—both of which are necessary for building calorie-torching, physique-making muscle. Aerobic exercise helps burn calories and therefore should be encouraged for weight reduction in general. Cardiovascular exercise performed 3-5 days per week for 30-60 minutes per session will help shed body fat.The ideal program for fat loss would include the combination of proper diet, weight training, and cardio exercise.

6 Myths and Facts About Weight Loss

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Weight loss is a long journey with many misconceptions attached to it. So, let us talk about more in detail about some common myths, facts  and logics behind weight loss.First MythYou can lose 10 kgs in a month.➤LogicMany health centres have use this marketing line to sell their products. Actually,it is  a very unhealthy and unsustainable process of losing weight. One should always think about long term benefits when it comes to health. Scientifically, the healthy weight loss range falls between 2 to 5 kgs only. ➤FactYou cannot lose 10 kgs in a month.Second MythExercise is enough, no need of dieting.➤LogicExercise is beneficial for many reasons but when it comes to weight loss, a proper weight loss diet plays a vital role.If you eat 1 chicken sandwich, you consume 400 to 500 calories, you need to burn these calories by working out for at least for an hour. Now imagine a scenario where you would have made a healthier choice. In that case a half an hour workout would have been enough. Get to know about how much exercise you need to lose weight?➤FactExercise is not enough, proper dieting is absolutely essential.Third MythFasting and Skipping meals help you to lose weight fast➤LogicFasting and skipping meals slow down the metabolism due to which you shed weight slowly. Besides that, later in the day you feel really hungry and binge on unhealthy stuff.Learn to get more information on Increase body metabolism to lose weight.➤Fact Fasting and Skipping meals never help you to lose weight fast.Fourth MythCarbohydrates make you gain weight . So, cut down carbs in your diet➤LogicCarbohydrates never make you gain weight. It is the calories that make you gain weight.The sugar and fat that carbohydrates often contain makes you fat. Opt for other good carbs like whole grains.  ➤FactCarbohydrates never make you gain weight. You have to avoid bad carbs like Sugar , added sugar, refined flours.Learn to know more about good and bad carbohydrates.Fifth MythFad diet helps you to lose weight faster.➤LogicFad diets are comprised of only 800 to 1000 calories which is difficult to follow. It has many adverse effects in the long run. One should always avoid this kind of diet.➤FactFad diet is that kind of weight loss diet which actually results in weight gain  Sixth MythA fruit- only diet is best for weight loss➤LogicFruits also have calories . However, if you live only on fruits, you deprive your body from variety of nutrients and can face long term health problems            ➤FactFruit only diet is not good at all.

Myths and Facts About Suicide

Dr. Riddhish K. Maru, Psychiatrist
MYTH 1: A person who talks about committing Suicide, won’t actually do it.FACT 1: About 80% of persons who commit suicide express their intentions to one and often more than one person.MYTH 2: Suicide usually occurs without warning. FACT 2:  A person planning suicide usually gives clues although in some cases, suicidal intent is carefully concealed.MYTH 3: A suicidal person fully intends to die. FACT 3: Most suicidal people feel ambivalent toward death and arrange an attempted suicide in the hope that someone will intervene.MYTH 4: If a person attempts suicide once, he or she remains at constant risk for suicide throughout life. FACT 4:  Suicidal intentions are often limited to a specific period of time, especially if help is sought and received. Person is at highest risk to repeat suicide in the 1st year following the act. Help can be effective. MYTH 5: If a person shows improvement after a suicidal crisis, the risk has passed. FACT 5:  Most suicides occur within three months or so after the onset of improvement, when the person has the energy to act on intentions.MYTH 6: Suicide occurs most often among the very rich and the very poor. FACT 6:  Suicide occurs in equal proportions among persons of all socioeconomic levels. MYTH 7:  Families can pass on a predisposition to suicidal behavior.FACT 7:  Suicide is not an inherited trait, but an individual characteristic resulting from a combination of variables. One of which is positive family history.MYTH 8: All suicidal persons are mentally ill, and only a psychotic person will commit suicide.FACT 8:  Studies indicate that 95% suicidal persons have mental illness.

Myth vs. Truth - Fever

Dr Ashish M Narsana
Fever - How bad it is for our Body. Do's and Don'ts of Fever.Once at evening an anxious mother called me for her daughter, who has consulted me on previous evening for acute upper respiratory tract infections. She was worried that her daughter's fever (around 100 F) has not reduced although she has started eating well, playing games, studying and also she has now a very little coughing then previous day. This is what called as #Feverphobia.Dr. Barton D. Schmitt,M.D. was the first to give this term. Then studies were conducted many times and each time it is observed that most of the parents have excessive, sometimes unrealistic fear for fevers, the FEVER PHOBIA. They were worried that fever can do damage to brain or other parts of child, and they considered fever as the sign of prognosis which must be treated first..Actually fever is normal fighting mechanism of body's defence system. Fever itself is not a disease but it's a sign of underlying disease like various viral / bacterial / parasitic infection , any injury of inflammation in body , some adverse effects of drug , cancer , etc. So importance should be given to the underlying cause , associated symptoms and general condition of the patient. It has been observed in many times that a child is feeling week, dizzy and dull at even 100 F but other is playing and eating well even at 104 F.        # Body temperature below 100 F is not actually fever. Hypothalamus is a centre in our brain which maintains body temperature, it increases temperature whenever required. Rise in body temperature may be due to physical exercise or work , heat , stress, infection or any other diseases, too. Sometimes feeling warm or heat of body after playing or exertion, in child, is considered as fever and given unrealistic and unwanted medicines.     # If you treat fever first and underlying cause like virus or bacteria remains inside the body, you may actually harm your child by two ways,                 * first you are allowing those agents to grow by decreasing body temperature and                  * second you are suppressing natural reflex of your defence system.    Many times fever medicines are given or taken by self without consulting any doctor and this is the worst thing to do. Sometimes while again consulting the doctor fever is given the first importance to be treated is again worse.First consult the doctor, diagnose the cause and take medicine accordingly to the cause. But the first thing you should expect is relief in general condition of patient and underlying infection's symptoms  , not the fever. Patient should first recover in weakness, appetite, cold-cough or any other symptoms of infection or the cause of fever. Febrile convulsions which are also been the concern is very rare and are not so much harmful as they are assumed.Conclusion is we should come out of our myths regarding fever which in most of the case is a helping hand to fight the diseases.Role of Homeopathy: Homeopathy's main idea is about increasing immunity and defence mechanism of the patient. So when Homeopathic medicine is taken for some fever it will help the body to fight against infection by boosting immunity power and will not suppress it.The myth Homeopathy acts slowly is also because of the misconception about fever. When you take Homeopathic medicines , it will work against the underlying cause but it does not act directly to remove the body temperature, actually in some cases in which patients are suffering from long standing chronic allergies or deep pathological diseases, rise in body temperature is considered as good sign, as it indicates body's immune system has started working well.As we have heard many times from the sufferer of cancer like grave diseased persons that , they never even get fevers, which may sometimes indicate lower resistance power of body. So when your body is working good don't suppress the symptoms by vague medicines and understand your body's language like pain or fever.So in such condition don't panic and consult the doctor for betterment of the sufferer.Understand that Fever is actually a kind of Soldiers response to the enemies and let our soldiers fight , don't take guns away from them. Be Healthy and Happy. 

Myths and Facts About Exercise You Should Be Aware Of!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Your instructor gives you advice on fitness and exercise on a daily basis and surely you hear the same thing number of times from other people also. So, you start believing in it blindly but in the world of fitness, myths are generally more than the facts.In order to help you and your family for leading a safe as well as healthier life, here are some top 4 exercise myths which we misunderstand as facts.Myth: Running is bad for the kneesFact: This is one of the most common myths which keeps us off the track. The truth is that running protects as well as improves your joint health. At the time of running, cartilage, an important structural component of the body, related to hips, knees and ankles compresses and expands, drawing in oxygen and flushing out waste products. So, don’t stop running unless and until you are suffering from the chronic bone disease.Myth: Sweating leads to fat lossFact: When exercising, body’s temperature rises and heat is produced in the form of sweating. It is a natural mechanism of the body to cool down. Sweating doesn’t mean losing weight.You may see a slight difference on weighing scale but this difference is temporary. When the body is forced to sweat due to ambience, we actually lose salts and electrolytes from our body, which affects our performance during a workout, that leads to injury. Don’t live in myths, always search for logics behind the statement so that you can do justice with your health.Myth: Lifting weights will make you bulkyFact: A common myth which generally prevails in females that weight training will make them look manly. The fact is that it will increase their lean body mass and metabolic rate. Along with the increase, the after burn concept takes place which means your body will burn fat more than what it usually burns to keep your BMR burning. Weight training also strengthens joints, muscles, and tendons which provide a positive change in your bones by storing more calcium and improving your bone mineral density.Myth: Exercise should be done empty stomachFact: It is not necessary to do exercise empty stomach. A light stomach also helps you to perform exercise efficiently. Light stomach means, doing light dinners, sleeping on time and before the workout you can easily have a fruit. Fruit leaves the stomach in 15 minutes but last night dinner stays. Therefore, light stomach is directly proportional to calm mind and healthy body.

Five Popular Dental Myths and Facts

Dr. Mona Mittal, Dentist
MYTH: Teeth cleaning or scaling weakens the teeth.TRUTH: Scaling removes the calculus (deposits)from the teeth and gums and keeps them healthy.It prevents loss of bone around the teeth.Also it prevents the problem of bad breath and gum bleeding.Thus it is beneficial for healthy gums and teeth.Thus one should get a professional cleaning done by a qualified dentist.MYTH: Only sugar causes cavities.TRUTH: Cavities occur when bacteria produce acids in the mouth which begins by any carbohydrate intake.To reduce cavities one should practice good oral care as well as reduce intake of refined foods.MYTH: Pregnant women should not brush their teeth.TRUTH: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to exaggerated response to the bacteria and plaque in the teeth.This causes gum infection and bleeding. Hence pregnant females must make an extra effort to keep their teeth clean and avoid dental problems (this is a very popular practice in rural as well as urban parts of our country where expecting females are asked not to brush their teeth during the term by elderly people of the family).MYTH: Any dental treatment during pregnancy is not safe.TRUTH: Dental treatments can be done at any time during pregnancy.However the best time to perform any elective procedure is second trimester.Emergency dental treatment can be performed immediately.Regarding the dental X rays,the exposure of X rays during a dental radio graph is not sufficient to cause any harm to the growing fetus. No such case has been reported till date but it must be done only in cases of emergency and should be avoided if possible.Cosmetic dental treatment such as bleaching, veneering,orthodontic treatment etc. should be postponed.MYTH: Children’s teeth do not need dental treatment as they have to go anyway.TRUTH: The milk teeth in children not only help them in mastication but also act as space maintainers. They guide their permanent successors in proper position so children need to get regular dental checkups done and proper oral health maintenance just like adults.

Busting Common Counseling Myths!

Ms. Damini Grover, Psychologist
Of course we know what Counseling and Therapy is...right? That's why we end up making fun of people who may need help at some point. That's why, we conveniently put our guards up when someone says we might need help. I mean we have to be 'mad', 'crazy', 'unstable', 'psycho'  to get help. 'Normal' people don't need help. They are almost like superheros- can handle everything-anytime-anywhere. If that was the case, the concept of therapy wouldn't have existed at all.But the fact is, that therapy and counseling exist and that too as a profession. There are people who spend a major chunk of their lives studying to become therapists. It's not because they couldn't find anything to do. Rather, they are doing this, because they realise the importance of well-being and they want to help as many people as possible in leading a good quality life.Life is moving so fast that we don't even realize that we are getting caught up in a web. A web consisting of demands, commitments, responsibilities; and a multitude of events that constitute our daily routine. Without any conscious effort, we start hoarding of a lot of unwanted and unwelcome thoughts, emotions and actions. These in turn, give rise to many pertinent issues like stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and mood swings, aches and pains and many other health issues. These days, health issues are almost becoming our second nature. We all are aware of this fact. Yet, reluctant to change it.And for some strange reason, we find it easier to take medicines than to actually make the effort of solving our problems. Yes, times have changed and more and more we are realising the importance of this profession called ‘Counselling’. However, we all still operate under some fundamental misconceptions about it. Here are some common facts and myths about Counselling that we all must know. So that, if and when the need arises, we can make an informed choice of approaching a counselor and seeking help.Mental health is as important as physical health for our well-being: When things don’t go our way, it’s very natural to go through a gamut of negative emotions. However, a healthy mental condition allows us to evaluate our situations and problems objectively and enables effective problem-solving and decision making. Sometimes, prolonged or severe acute stressors can create a whirlpool within us. Thus, giving rise to sleep difficulty, anxiety, excessive anger, irritation etc. When we find ourselves unable to handle our daily functioning effectively, it is an indication that we need help. It is the same as going to a doctor when we experience some physical symptoms. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be ‘mad’ to seek counselling or therapy: Counselors function much like doctors-they listen to your symptoms,diagnose what the problem and the source is. But instead of giving medicines, they help us to explore the issues from different perspectives, until we arrive at a feasible solution. You can be stressed or anxious over your job, family issues, relationship problems, emotional set backs etc. and you can still seek the help of a counselor, who is trained to help you cope better.Counselling does not make you ‘weak’: Going to a Counselor, discussing your issues and inner most feelings does not certify one as ‘weak’!If anything it does, is widen our thought process to include different understandings of a particular event. It enables us to vent out our emotions. This is can be termed as ‘emotional cleansing’ or ‘catharsis’ which makes us feel relaxed. But, the most important thing it does, is to ‘empower’ us so that we can handle our thoughts, emotions and actions better. Talking to friends and family members is not a substitute to Counselling : Yes, we must share our thoughts and emotions with our loved ones. We all have that one person who is our best friend, our confidante. Yet, when going through a difficult phase (internally or externally), sometimes it’s not enough. Simply, because when we talk to people close to us, we are listening to their opinions, ideas and judgments. Sometimes, a situation demands much more than just an opinion. What works for one person, may not work for someone else. Situations and problems require an objective, unbiased view of what’s going on and the possible solutions available. Someone may be losing sleep over an irrational fear of something, while someone may be anxious about a future occurrence. A counselor is a trained professional, who helps you to objectively evaluate and solve an issue because the solution lies within us.What if other people find out?: Well, Counselling is based on mutual trust and confidentiality. As an ethical practice, counselors do not discuss client’s information with other people. It is only in special cases where there is a potential risk involved, that a Counselor will feel the need to inform other relevant people.How can I talk to a stranger?: Wasn't your best friend initially a stranger? The fact is, that most of our relations outside of our families, started off with a level of unfamiliarity. It is the unfamiliarity that creates space for objectivity and facilitates free-flow of thought. Doesn't it feel nice to just let your heart do the talking, without worrying about what the other person is thinking about us? In times like now, don’t we just want to be heard and not talked to all the time? Having an hour or two, just to ourselves..Isn't that what we all want? Counselling is expensive!: So are all the luxury items that we spoil ourselves with! It may seem like the counselor does nothing except listen to our rants. But that is his /her actual job! He/She listens so that he can get an in-depth understanding of what’s going on within us. A counselor invests a lot of time and energy on every individual client. Thus, he/she charges the amount that he/she thinks is feasible.Counselor only talks or listens and does nothing!: The fact of the matter is,that Counselors and therapists invest a lot of time and money in getting trained. It's a profession that requires interaction! And not just that, it employs many kinds of therapies and techniques. It's all about finding yourself, placing the pieces of this puzzle called life- together! And yes, he/she does listen! That's one of the ways to know what's going on inside us! And then, there are those times when always crib that 'we have no one who listens to us!' Counselling is life-long: Well, if you end up establishing a good rapport, then why not! After all, we all have people whom we call our ‘guides’ or ‘mentors’ and they are there to guide us all along! But, Counseling involves a lot of time and effort from the Client and the Counselor. Depending on the nature of the issue and the need of the client, Counseling can be long term or short term. Counselling does not provide you with tailor-made solutions or fixes!: It is a guided self-exploration process. And we all know, how complicated our inner and outer lives are! Just like we can get stressed over many things; there are many solutions to problems. Sometimes, it takes a long time to find the solution. Sometimes, it comes to us in a flash! The idea behind counselling is, to keep exploring, till we find the solution that fits best without losing our mind!Counselling is magic!: Yes, it is! If, we have the will to work for our own betterment. Just by sitting in a Counselling session, our problems won’t vanish. It requires focus and commitment to our own self. Only then will the sessions be effective. Counselors, therapists can only guide us to a better life. They cannot live our lives for us.The big question then is, when to approach a Counselor? The harsh reality is, that stress, anxiety, worry etc have all become intricately tied to our lives. We do manage to lead our versions of a normal life. However, when these issues begin to interfere in our daily functioning (unable to sleep well, anger, aggression, feeling low etc); when we are no longer able to cope with life's challenges and demands and need a reorientation; that's when we should seek help.And yes, Counselor and Psychiatrist is not the same! A Psychiatrist is a doctor. He gives medicines. A counselor is a different person and approach altogether.A little patience demanding and lengthy process in comparison. But, with long-term benefits! At the end of the day, Counseling, Therapy etc are professions - like all others!It is not a taboo. Rather, it's a resource that we can use to improve and empower our lives!Stay Healthy. Feel Good!

Myth or Fact? Your Healthy Living Mystery

Ms. Tehzeeb, Dietitian/Nutritionist
#1: Fat-free OR low-fat milk and dairy options are better and healthier than their whole-milk counterparts. Myth OR Fact?MYTH: Fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E and K) only get absorbed in the presence of fat. Removing fat from these products thus lowers your body’s ability to absorb said vitamins. Moreover, fat helps provide not only taste, but also satiety and a lasting feeling of fullness. Would you rather drink a large amount of watered-down milk or a small amount of the real deal?#2: Rice and potatoes are fattening and I should avoid them at all costs, especially at dinner. Myth OR Fact?MYTH: A balanced meal needs to consist of all three macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats). In fact, nutrition school teaches us that 45-60% of our meal should come from a carbohydrate source. Rice and potatoes are not ‘fattening’ and a blanket ban is unfair to say the least. However, if you overeat (eat above and beyond the needs of your body), it would mean that the food you eat (it could be potatoes, rice or even broccoli) will get converted to fat and stored.#3: Excess protein intake can be damaging for my kidneys. Myth OR Fact?FACT: Before you start blaming any specific protein sources, re-read the statement. Excess protein could be damaging to the kidneys—not protein from a specific source! Here’s the rationale: NH3+– CHR – COO- What you see above is the chemical structure of protein. Imagine that your body has met it’s protein requirements and used up the protein it needs for whatever functions were designated for the protein to perform (repair, recovery, hormone synthesis etc.). Now there is excess protein in the body. What is the body going to do? Protein can’t get stored in the body. It has to get converted into another form to be stored. Look again at the nitrogen group (NH3+). There is no way for the body to store or use this nitrogen and thus, when there is excess protein in the body, it needs to eliminate the nitrogen group. This group then gets converted into urea in the liver and the kidneys take the responsibility of excreting the majority of this urea. This process of eliminating the nitrogen group is inconvenient and is what puts load on the kidneys. We reiterate again that the problem is excess protein—not protein from a specific food source.#4: 1-2 tsp of ghee to my daily diet is good for my skin, bones and joints. Myth OR Fact?FACT: Firstly, ghee is prepared from the fats of whole milk. So all the fat-soluble vitamins and minerals along with the healthy fat content is retained. Fat-soluble vitamins are essential for the healthy growth and development of not only our bones, but also our brain! Imagine that. Moreover, ghee contains carotenoids and antioxidants which promote skin cell growth, good vision and immune health, as well as a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. So many benefits for a food item which tastes so yummy to start with. It’s a real win-win.#5: Walking is the best exercise for me. Myth OR Fact?MYTH: This is like saying daal rice is the best food for me. Daal rice is great but you can’t be eating it all day everyday. You need to vary the nutrient profile and incorporate different foods as well from time to time. You see where we are going with this? Walking/jogging/running is one form of exercise known as cardiovascular exercise or exercise meant to increase the strength of your heart muscle and give you endurance. There are also strength-based exercises and flexibility-based exercises and a good workout routine needs to have all these forms as part of it.#6: The body has an unlimited capacity to store fat. Myth OR Fact?FACT: Oh how we all wish this were a myth. Although I probably wouldn’t have a business to run if that were in fact the case. Yes, the body has an unlimited capacity to store fat. This means that excess carbohydrates get converted to fat and stored, excess proteins get converted to fat and stored and excess fat gets converted to fat and stored. Sigh.#7: Bananas, strawberries, sitaphal and chickoo are high in sugar and thus very bad for me especially if I am pre-diabetic or diabetic. Myth OR Fact?MYTH: There are 3 types of simple sugars-glucose, fructose (fruit sugar) and galactose. All fruits have fructose or fruit sugar. Fruit sugars are natural and nature is wonderful. Do you think nature would be the reason you have diabetes? Or is it those cakes, biscuits and low-fat preservative-infused khakras? Fruit sugars DO NOT spike your blood sugar. They merely give it a slow, steady rise and it is ludicrous to blame these fruits (bananas, strawberries, sitaphal and chickoo) for your excess sugar intake or your diabetes. Below is a diagram to better facilitate understanding:P.S. Do you have any statements you’re wondering are myths or facts? Write them in the comment box or email us and we will be happy to add them onto our future series!