Let’s be real, mainstream nutrition is full of baloney. Despite evident advances in technology and nutrition science, the old school myths have still somehow managed to stay and misguide people. But not for long. Here we will be discussing top 4 nutrition myths and the general truth behind them.
Carbohydrates are constantly getting a bad rap in the weight loss world, especially in the media. However, as long as you do not overindulge and ignore other food grounds, carbohydrates and starches are not naturally harmful. Stocking too much on carbs can result in weight gain, but so can excess fat or protein. Keep in mind that your body needs carbohydrates to function optimally as long as you are consuming the appropriate types and in appropriate amounts.
Some people assume that fruits and vegetables are low in calories, and thus can be eaten abundantly. This myth is both true and false: True for only non-starchy veggies and false for fruits. On average, half a cup of most veggies packs less than 30 calories (this does not include starchy vegetables like corn or potatoes). So when it comes to non-starchy veggies specifically, yes, you can eat as much you like.
On the other hand, the same cannot be said for fruits. This is because fruits (although full of disease-fighting antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and phytonutrients) are loaded with natural sugars and calories. This also goes for fruit juice; a 250 ml cup of 100% natural orange juice consists of 120 calories, 27 g of carbohydrates (22 g of which come from sugar), and zero fiber. A good idea is to consume your vegetables and fruits in a 70:30 ratio, respectively in order to meet your daily recommended requirements.
The media is excellent at demonizing eggs, an extremely innocent and healthy food. Eggs are often ostracized for their yolks, which are brimmed with nutrients, but are also high in cholesterol. However, studies suggest that unless one is experiencing an already existing health condition, dietary cholesterol (such as one found in eggs) does not impact the amount of cholesterol flowing into your bloodstream.
This statement is false. Unless you are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk or milk-based products, dairy does not lead to digestive problems and is actually a great natural source of calcium – an extremely important mineral that should preferably be consumed through diet as opposed to via supplements in order to prevent a potential risk of heart issues.
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