Why some nutrition myths die and others do keep bouncing back, even in the face of what seems to be incontrovertible evidence? “Let’s face it; myths and misinformation are much more seductive than the truth.
A balanced diet, enough sleep, regular exercise and positive attitude are usually the best course for fighting diseases and staying healthy, “and that just isn’t as interesting to people.”
1. MYTH -“EGGS ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEART.”
TRUTH- Eggs do contain a substantial amount of cholesterol in their yolks—about 211 milligrams (mg) per large egg. And yes, cholesterol is the fatty stuff in our blood that contributes to clogged arteries and heart attacks. But labeling eggs as “bad for your heart” is connecting the wrong dots, How? For most of us the cholesterol we eat—in eggs or any other food—doesn’t have a huge impact on raising our blood cholesterol; the body simply compensates by manufacturing less cholesterol itself. The chief heart-disease culprits are “saturated and Trans fats, “junks” which have much greater impact on raising blood cholesterol,”
2. MYTH- “CARBOHYDRATE MAKES YOU FAT”
TRUTH- its always too many calories on a period of time makes you fat not carbs, There’s no question that loading up on sugary and refined-carbohydrate-rich foods, such as white bread, pastas at a control potion size can raise your risk of developing health problems like heart disease and diabetes. But if you cut out so-called “good-carb” foods, such as whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, you’re missing out on your body’s main source of fuel as well as vital nutrients and fiber. What’s more, for many people, a low-carb diet may be harder to stick with in the long run.
3. MYTH- “CALORIES EATEN AT NIGHT ARE MORE FATTENING THAN THOSE EATEN EARLY IN THE DAY.”
TRUTH- Calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in.”
4. MYTH-“DRY FRUITS ARE BAD AS THEY TEND TO GAIN MORE WEIGHT AND EVEN HEAT PRODUCING SO SHOULD AVOID ESPECIALLY DURING PREGNANCY”
TRUTH- dry fruits comes in category of good fats rather than most of your other fats so its a baseless theory to say its bad, but we should keep in mind when the person is obese or overweight as it tends to gain weight but portion size would always be helpful as matter of concern we can compensate with calories from other fats with the dry fruits and also it is not true that not to consume dry fruits during pregnancy due to heating issues yes some of the dry fruits like figs and pistachio are more tendency of heating so they can be used at later period of pregnancy because if you are missing dry fruits you are missing good amount of protein and trace minerals.
5. MYTH- “YOU CRAVE CERTAIN FOODS BECAUSE YOU’RE DEFICIENT IN ONE OF THE NUTRIENTS THEY PROVIDE.”
TRUTH-Nope—Human food cravings tend to be more about satisfying emotional needs, “Cravings tend to occur when your diet is restricted or boring, or when you know that you can’t have something,” says Pelchat(reasearcher). “If it’s forbidden, you usually want it more.”
6. MYTH-IF YOU EXERCISE, YOU CAN EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT.
TRUTH-Unless you’re working out like an Olympic athlete, to lose weight you’ll still need to keep an eye on how many calories you’re eating. “Calories in” add up much more quickly than “calories out.” Consider this: two medium cookies cost you about 400 calories. To burn 400 calories, the average person needs to run or walk around 6 kilometers.
7. MYTH-EATING CARROTS KEEPS YOUR EYES HEALTHY.
TRUTH-Everyone grows up thinking eating carrots help keep their eyes healthy, whether that’s improving your eyesight or just keeping your already-great vision strong. The funny thing is even though they’re super good for your body and contain eye-boosting vitamin A, Harvard Medical School says eating fresh fruits and dark leafy green veggies are even better, more beneficial choices when it comes to your eye health.
8. MYTH-BROWN SUGAR IS BETTER FOR YOU THAN WHITE SUGAR.
TRUTH- Well, bad news, brown sugar lovers. You might feel healthier replacing white table sugar with the brown stuff, but according to the many researches the only difference is the taste. When it comes to your health, sugar is sugar: No matter its form, it’s going to elevate your blood sugar levels, and that could increase your risk of obesity and diabetes.
9. MYTH-ORGANIC FOOD IS BETTER FOR YOU.
TRUTH-If it’s more expensive, it’s better for you, right? Not necessarily. Despite organic food being free of herbicides and pesticides, there’s really no evidence that it’s any better for you than standard produce, basically, eat your fruits and veggies and don’t worry about paying a premium to do so.
10. MYTH- EVERYONE NEEDS TO DRINK EIGHT GLASSES OF WATER A DAY.
TRUTH-Though water is the easiest and most economical fluid to keep you hydrated, the latest Institute of Medicine recommendation is that women should strive for about two liters or eight glasses a day and men should aim for three liters or 12 glasses a day of any fluid, not just water. “No one can figure out where this ‘eight glasses of water’ came from, but I believe it came from the old RDA [recommended daily allowance] for water that matched water requirements to calorie requirements”. “The new requirement from the Institute of Medicine is much more generous and includes recommendations for total beverage consumption, not just water.”