Mainstream nutrition is always changing and telling the general public many different things. There are a lot of instances where you’ll be told things just so mainstream nutrition can lead you down a certain path.
That’s right, you might be told lies just so you might be deterred from certain foods or activities. This is why it’s important that you do some research and not listen to everything you’re told.
People will lie to you just to help them gain more, even if that means not telling you all of the facts when it comes to your health.
The 7 Biggest Myths in Nutrition
Each of these didn’t start off as lies. They simply started off as simple hypotheses to things.
If you think eating fats is bad then any food containing a lot of fat will be labeled as bad. Same with cholesterol.
However, as science improves and we begin to understand nutrition better along with how our bodies work we can figure out truth from fiction.
1. Eggs are Unhealthy
Eggs have been part of the traditional American breakfast for a long time now. They are even starting to become a major asset to other dishes throughout the day.
Some consider them to be unhealthy because they can raise your cholesterol.
The thing about eggs and cholesterol is that they actually raise your good cholesterol. That makes it so you have less to worry about because cholesterol is typically associated with heart disease. Since your good cholesterol will be on the rise, your risk of heart disease will stay down.
Eggs are also high in protein so they can come in handy if you are active and want to build more muscle. The low carb content of eggs also helps aid in fat loss.
2. Low-Fat Foods are Good for You
For starters, foods that usually have a lot of fat and have that fat taken out usually taste very bland. The fat in a lot of foods contains most of the flavor. When you take that fat out, you lose a lot of what makes that food taste amazing. Fat is the powerhouse of flavor.
Because of this, when you have low-fat foods, there is usually something added to them to make up for the loss of flavor (sugars or high fructose syrups). It’s difficult to find a food that has fat taken out but isn’t processed at all.
Processed foods always have some extra additives that will somehow end up doing more harm than good to your body.
In the end, you’ll end up having less fat enter your body, but your body may end up creating more stored fat because of the excess amount of added sweeteners.
It would make more sense to eat foods that have the fats and aren’t processed. Your body will react to them a little better than the processed foods regardless of what your diet is. The body wants natural things to enter it so whenever you add something that usually isn’t present in foods, your body knows and will suffer the consequences.
3. You Should Eat A Lot of Small Meals Throughout the Day
This is a myth that is believed to be true because it is theorized that it will help keep your metabolism high. A high metabolism will help lead you to maintain your weight or even losing weight.
The important thing to remember when you’re eating is that the total amount of food you eat in a day is what matters, not the number of times you eat. Your caloric intake is most important.
Whether you eat a lot of small meals throughout the day or eat one giant meal, if you eat the same amount, the results aren’t going to be very different from each other.
There is a form of fasting called intermittent fasting that a lot of people do to help them lose weight at a faster rate than usual. This is when you eat all your calories for the day during an 8-hour window and the other 16 hours, you don’t eat anything. Eating in a pattern like this can help you lose more fat as well.
The problem with eating a lot of meals throughout the day is that many people may see this as an opportunity to eat more than they normally would. Yes, your metabolism may be faster, but it could all be negated if you are eating too much, causing yourself to gain more weight anyway.
Caloric intake is the factor that you need to keep your eye on when it comes to the number of times you eat throughout any day.
4. Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories
If you are highly active, then this might have to be an option for you. However, if your activity level isn’t that of a professional athlete, then you should probably reconsider this statement.
Carbs are a good source of energy. Your body uses carbs as its main fuel source. When you aren’t burning off all the carbs you are taking in though, you are going to be gaining weight. This weight is usually in the form of fat too, something nobody wants.
There are diets out there that prove that a low carb, high fat consumption will be more beneficial for you in the long run than a high carb, low-fat routine.
5. Low Carb Diets are Dangerous
Low carb diets get a bad reputation for some reason. Some people believe that carbs are the source that makes your body fully functional.
As mentioned above, carbs are a good source of energy, but if you aren’t training like a professional athlete, they are something that you can honestly just stay away from.
Being on a low carb diet can greatly benefit you in multiple ways. If you are looking to drop body fat in a hurry then looking into a low carb diet is something that you should do. Specifically, a ketogenic diet will allow you to lose body fat while gaining many more health benefits (better cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and lower risk of cancer to name a few).
6. High-Fat Foods Will Make You Fat
It makes sense if you think that if you eat high-fat foods, you’ll gain more fat. However, this is all dependent on the rest of your diet.
High fat, high carb diets are going to, without a doubt, cause you to gain a lot more fat. Even if you are very active, it could be difficult to counteract the fat that is slowly gathering on your body.
Fats aren’t what is going to cause you to gain more fat. Carbs are the devil in this situation. Carbs are what your body will hold on to when you aren’t exercising and burning it. Your body will convert carbs into sugar when it is processed in your body, once that happens, if it’s not used for fuel, your body will store that sugar as fat making it much harder to burn off your body.
7. Eating a Lot of Protein is Bad for Your Bones and Kidneys
Protein is something that your body needs when it’s trying to recover from physical activity. It’s going to help repair and build your muscles.
In the long run of things, a high protein diet is associated with better bone health. Your bones won’t be nearly as brittle and will be able to survive for a longer time.
When it comes to your kidney health, protein is only going to help. Two factors that lead to bad kidneys are diabetes and high blood pressure. When you eat a lot of protein, the risk of having those factors is greatly decreased.
So, if anything, having a high protein diet is going to improve your health more than anything.
Don’t Believe It All
If you read something about nutrition that you may honestly not be too sure about, do extra research. See what other sources have to say about the issue.
There are a lot of cases where “leading experts” say one thing, but the truth is completely different. Don’t fall into the trap some companies may try to place for you just so they can make a quick buck.
Research is going to help you in the long run and possibly even keep your health where it needs to be so that you can have a long and sustainable life.