Since COVID-19, food and nutrition myths market have found a boom. Everybody is talking about what to eat, what not to eat, and how to boost your immunity against the virus. A healthy diet is something you need to take care of, virus or no virus. When it comes to eating healthy someone is always available to present a new food and nutrition myth. Like I had to deal with the myth that eating soy protein affects masculinity. Laughable, isn’t it?
So, here we are talking about some popular food and nutrition myths, which are always ready to shock you with their stupidity level.
Some Popular Food And Nutrition Myths
Egg Yolks Means High Cholesterol
“I only take egg whites.”
Many people proudly say this and I want to ask all of them, do you have any enmity with egg yolks? The reason- people link egg yolks with high cholesterol which is not true. There are several studies conducted in this context, like this one, but no one has yet found that egg yolks increase LDL (bad cholesterol). In fact, they are a great source of protein.
Fat Means Health Problems
If you ask someone who is on a weight-loss mission, they simply say, “no fat. I am on diet”. Let me tell you that no fat intake can also be hazardous to health. This “fat means health problems” myth has originated from the fact that Trans fat that you take in from processed food is actually dangerous. But you also need a healthy amount of omega 3 and Omega 6 are essential for your body. Eat fat, and burn it, but don’t shun it.
Dietary Supplements Are very Essential
“I don’t take any supplements. Am I going to die soon?”
The answer is no. The dietary supplement companies have to sell their products, thus they lie but you must understand that taking Vitamin D from capsules instead of the sun is not going to make much difference. Yes, some essential micronutrients are more helpful in their supplement form, you are advised to take as little as processed food. Eat lots of veggies, fruits, dairy products and satisfy your body’s need for micronutrients.
Eating small but more Meals Help You Lose Weight
This myth has been originated from the fact that digestion elevates your metabolism rate. People heard it and told you but they forgot to tell you the rate of change in metabolism which is negligible. Eating smaller meals restrain you from feeling full and thus may also contribute to an increased food intake, which defeats your fat loss purpose.
Exercising On An Empty Stomach Makes You Lose Fat Fast
Most people also advise exercising without water but you cannot trust all of them, right? Whether you exercise on an empty stomach or a fed stomach is up to you. Some people start feeling dizzy if they workout in a fasted state while some people feel very energized after their workout session on an empty stomach. So, if you don’t want to end up in a hospital after exercising on an empty stomach, find what is better for you.
Drink Juice and Stay healthy
It is a fact that fruits are healthy and thus fruit juices are also healthy. It is true, of course. The problem here is the juices and smoothies you buy from the market. They are loaded with sugar and calories and while you buy these smoothies to keep you fit and healthy, they actually help you gain weight instead of losing it and also cause tooth problems. If you are making juices at home, it is alright. But it also squeezes out several nutrients while making juices.
You Become What You Eat
This is true that if you eat healthily, your body will stay healthy. Eat junk and you will become a piece of junk. But this myth is used by “organic-supporters” that eating animal products is unhealthy and thus, you should only eat plant-based organic food. If you are vegan, then it does not mean that the whole world is vegan. The animal products include several micronutrients and that too in abundance. Eggs are a good source of protein. Chicken is a great source of zinc, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B3, etc. Fish also contain Omega 3 fatty acids which should form part of a healthy diet. So, you are definitely allowed to enjoy animal products. Don’t worry, eating egg will not turn you into an egg.
Fresh Is Better Than Canned and Frozen Food
When we talk about canned food, of course, they are not as healthy as fresh food because they need to undergo a lot of processing which makes them a little less nutritional. But when it comes to frozen and fresh food, there is not much difference in the nutritional value. Today, we buy almost everything from a supermarket including vegetables. The “fresh” veggies you buy there are “not so fresh”. In earlier times, people used to eat seasonal vegetables and fruits which helped them to fight seasonal changes. Today, every fruit and vegetable is available throughout the year, which actually affects their nutritional value even in their fresh form. So, be it frozen or fresh, the difference is not significant.
Chicken Noodle Soup Will Shoo Away Cold
Are you kidding me? I mean what does a chicken or noodles contain that they will shoo away the cold? Definitely, it sounds good, tasty, and tempting and is a comfort-food but chicken noodle soup does not have any qualities that will shorten the period of your cold. During cold or cough, your appetite may vanish and thus, chicken noodle soup is an effective tool to put something in your tummy.
Fight A Fever With An Empty Stomach
It sounds like going for a war without a meal. A fever means your body is fighting an infection and you need more energy, calories, and immunity to ward it off. Starving yourself in fever is not a great idea. Eat fruits, and vegetables, and things that are easy on your stomach.
There is a difference between logic and stupid logic. Whenever you encounter any myth and there is a logic given, understand whether it is a sensible logic or a stupid logic. Don’t let people interfere with your diet. And, if someone talks about these food and nutrition myths that are rubbish, just think about the logic and smile.