When it comes to proper nutrition, there are all kinds of nonsense spewed by a lot of people. I have here a list of the most ridiculous ones, but this is just the tip of that nonsensical iceberg.
Lie 1: Eggs are bad for your health
What kind of bonehead came up with this? Eggs aren’t called natures multivitamins just because of their yellow color. They are very nutritious, having enough nutrition in them to make a baby chicken with only a cell.
Eggs were demonized because they are rich in cholesterol and people believe it might increase the risk of heart problems. Irrespective of what people say, various studies have shown that they only help raise good cholesterol in your blood, which have nothing to do with heart diseases.
Eggs are just the perfect food for us, humans. They are packed with the good stuff, such as proteins, healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. A breakfast of eggs can cause significant weight loss than eating samosas.
Lie 2: A lot of protein is bad for you
Although it is true that high levels of protein can increase the chance of bone damage in the short term, the long term studies tell a different story. The fact is that eating more protein will actually help in developing bone density and lower your risk of fracture when during old age.
In healthy people, protein helps reduce diabetes and high blood pressure, both which can lead to kidney problems. Maintaining a high protein diet will increase your muscle mass, reduce body fat and lower any risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Lie 3: Whole wheat is heart healthy
This sentence can’t be more untrue. Wheat is the biggest source of gluten in your daily food and a significant percentage of people may be sensitive to it. When a sensitive person consumes gluten, it can lead to various symptoms, such as pain, bloating, fatigue, digestive issues and can even damage the inside lining of your intestine.
There are a few controlled trials that associate gluten with brain disorders like schizophrenia, autism and cerebellar ataxia. Yes, whole wheat is “less unhealthy” than refined wheat. But if you ask me, it’s best to just skip wheat altogether.
Lie 4: Coffee is bad for you
Even if this were true, not many of us would care because coffee is awesome. But this reputation coffee has is completely unjustified.
In the long term, coffee is nothing but your strong little helper. Coffee drinkers have up to 67% lower risk of type II diabetes, 80% lower risk of any liver disease and risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are almost non-existent.
Caffeine boosts metabolism, improves brain functions by improving mood, memory, reaction time, vigilance and increases exercise performance by an average of 12%.
You may not know this, but Caffeine has an incredible amount of antioxidants, so much so that it outranks both fruits and vegetables, combined.
Lie 5: Eating meat causes health problems
How is that even possible? Humans have been eating meat since the beginning of evolution, that’s millions of years!
Meat can cause problems these days, due to the way they are processed and packed. But, unprocessed red meat is perfectly safe to eat. 20 different studies have revealed that unprocessed red meat does not, in any way, increase the chances of cardiovascular disease or type II diabetes.
Some say that red meat can cause cancer, but the association has not been proved till date. If there is any link, it may be because of extensive cooking of the meat. Maybe for those reasons, it is better to not burn your meat.
Also, you can’t forget how nutritious meat is, containing vitamins, minerals, quality proteins and healthy fats among other things.
Lie 6: Refined oils are healthy
Studies have been saying that polyunsaturated oils lower risk of cardiovascular problems. Hence, we are recommended to consume vegetable oils such as soybean oil, sunflower oil and corn oil. What you need to understand with this is that there are various types of polyunsaturated fats, mainly Omega 3s and Omega 6s.
Omega 3 is found in fish and grass-fed animals, and processed seed and vegetable oils are major contributors of Omega 6. The healthy way to consume these two is with a certain balance, but people are eating too little Omega 3 and too much of Omega 6. Too much of Omega 6 can cause inflammation, which we all know can cause some serious damage.
If you do not wish to risk any health problems, eat your Omega 3s and avoid oils containing Omega 6. Keep in mind that plant oils such as coconut oil and olive oil is extremely healthy and contain very little Omega 6.
Lie 7: Sugar is bad as it contains empty calories
No arguments here! Sugar really does contain a lot of calories with no essential nutrients. That’s not the only reason why consuming sugar is a death wish. It contains high levels of fructose, which destroys your metabolism, leading to rapid weight gain.
Studies show that eating excess fructose causes insulin resistance, elevated blood sugar levels, increases triglycerides, increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol and abdominal obesity in as little as 10 weeks.
Also, eating fructose doesn’t affect the satiety in your brain the same way glucose does. This means that even when your stomach is full, fructose doesn’t let the brain know it is. This will cause you to eat more and get fat. These effects are only caused by processed sugars, not the natural sugars found in fruits.
Sugar is probably the single most horrible thing to eat in the modern diet.
Lie 8: Fat makes you Fat
This is such a preposterous accusation against fat. The poor thing only makes us soft and puffy, not fat. Despite having more calories per gram than protein or carbs, a high fat diet does not make you fat.
This entirely depends on the context of your meal. If you are eating carbs AND fat together, that will definitely make you fat, but not due to the fat content in your diet. The fact is, diets that are high in fat and low in carbs lead to much more weight loss than following a low fat diet.
Lie 9: Low carb diets are harmful
Low carb diets have been used for decades, but since they are high in fat, people are being warned against them. This is mostly because people claim that the effects of these diets are unproven.
However, since 2002, 20 different trials have examined the benefits of a low carb diet and they have come to the conclusion that Low Carb Diets:
– Helps decrease blood pressure
– Causes more weight loss as these diets are not calorie restricted
– Increases HDL (good) cholesterol and decreases triglycerides
– Changes LDL (bad) cholesterol from small and dense to large LDL, which is benign
– Significantly lowers blood sugar levels, reducing the need for medication for Type II Diabetes
– Are easier to maintain than low-fat diets, as there is no calorie restriction and you don’t have to be hungry all the time
Although healthy and active people can skip the diet altogether, studies have shown that this diet is extremely useful against obesity, metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes, which are some of the biggest problems in the world.
Lie 10: A calorie is a calorie
When it comes to weight loss, people believe that the only thing important is the reduction in the intake of calories. Sure, calories matter… but the type of food we eat is also just as important.
Different foods go through different metabolic pathways in your body. The food you eat can impact your hormones that regulate how much and when you eat, as well as how much calories you burn.
Take protein for example. It increases your metabolic rate and decreases your appetite compared to the same amount of fat and carbs. It also helps to increase muscle mass, which burns calories round the clock.
Pick the right food to lose weight the right way, and don’t just plan to reduce your calories helter-skelter. Stay informed, stay healthy!
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