Find Out The Truth behind Those Top 7 Nutrition Myths
When it comes to nutrition, we all hear a lot of myths, from those believing diet soda is healthy to the new gluten free craze. Let’s break down the top 7 nutrition myths and see what’s true and what’s fad!
Nutrition Myth#1: Dairy products
Full cream yogurt is actually good for you. If you read the nutritional label, you’ll find that the calcium and protein content are a lot higher than that of low fat yogurt. Full cream also has more vitamin A than low fat. The popular nutrition myth that low fat has less sugar is not true. In fact, it has more sugar content and the difference in calories between both the full cream and the low fat is almost negligible.
Nutrition Myth#2: Gluten free
Gluten free products are Egypt’s newest trend these days and as great as it is to have all those products available, they ARE NOT for everyone. Gluten free and weight loss don’t go hand in hand. Using those products will decrease bloating and digestive problems only if you are already hypersensitive to gluten or suffering from Celiac disease or autoimmune disease .
Nutrition Myth#3: Whole Grain
Truth is, a 100 grams of whole grain bread is about 218 calories, with a fat percentage of 2 and the fiber percentage of 3.5. The 100 grams of white bread on the other hand, is about 266 calories, the fat percentage is 11 and the fiber percentage is 10. The nutritional benefits of choosing whole grain products goes beyond weight loss; the type of fibers they contain are a lot healthier as they contain more selenium, potassium, vitamin B6 and E. The American Medical Association states that switching to whole grain products can lower heart rate risk by 20%.
Nutrition Myth#4: Fats
One of the most popular nutrition myths is that “all fat are bad for you” . Well, trans-fats really do have a bad name. Those are the ones found in vegetable oils, processed and packaged foods like cakes, cookies and chips. If you are on such a diet, you will probably feel symptoms of bloating, heartburn and acne and maybe joint and muscle pain as well. How do you build fat resistance? By avoiding butter, margarine and cream. Add a lot of monounsaturated fats to the diet such as olive oil, flax seed oil, almonds, fish oil (Omega 3). The benefits of adding those items will show on your skin, immune system, and brain function.
Nutrition Myth#5: The HCG Diet
This has been Egypt’s nutrition myth for 2013. It combines a 500-calorie plan and Human Chronic Gonadotrophin (HCG) injections to lose weight. This hormone is only produced naturally during pregnancy. It is not FDA approved and it causes blood clots and depression.
Nutrition Myth#6: Diet Sodas
Diet sodas may contain less calories than the normal ones. However, they do the same effect on your body! Diet sodas increase your sugar level and add to the acidity of the blood. This makes you crave more sugar and the vicious cycle starts!
Nutrition Myth#7: The Restricted Calorie Diet
This is very popular in Egypt, if you want to lose weight, restrict your calorie intake to less than 800 per day! Truth is eating too little will not only slow down your metabolism, but may also lead your body to enter into a starvation mode; where your body will actually start storing fat!