Many fallacies about nutrition are perpetuated by so-called nutrition gurus. Be careful about what you take as gospel; just because you read it, does not mean it is necessarily true. Let us take a look at seven popular nutrition myths.
Myth – Eggs Raise Your Cholesterol
For years eggs have got a bad rap for (allegedly) raising cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Egg yolk does contain a lot of fat but it is unsaturated – the kind of fat which goes hand-in-hand with good/ HDL cholesterol. Several studies, which required participants to consume two eggs a day, have shown no health risk. Eggs contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Myth – Junk Food is a Comfort in Stressful Situations
So many people turn to junk food for solace when they are faced with a stressful or depressing situation. It may feel good temporarily but the long-term effects worsen your mental state. Studies have shown that junk food negatively affects mental health.
Myth – Microwaving Destroys Nutrients
Nutrients in your food are destroyed by heat when they are cooked. The nutrient loss depends on how long you cook the food for and not the method that you use.
Myth – You can Eat Junk if You are Working it Off
Some people think that you can binge on junk food and eat whatever you please as long as you hit the gym hard. Run for about a mile at a moderate speed and you would have only burnt off about 100 calories. Working out or exercising is essential for health and well-being but it is not a hall pass for eating unhealthily. Whether you CrossFit or partake in any other form of training, you still have to watch your diet.
Myth – Drink Eight Glasses of Water per Day
From childhood, we were taught that drinking eight glasses of water per day is important for health and well-being. There is no scientific evidence that substantiates this claim. Firstly there is no indicator of how big these glasses are and even if there was, people come in different shapes and sizes. Their hydration requirements will differ, influenced by various factors.
Myth – Sea Salt is Healthier than Table Salt
No nutritional benefit is derived from buying products with sea salt. Sea salt and table salt have pretty much the same sodium content. Theoretically, you could use less salt when you are cooking if you use sea salt – this is only because the crystals are much larger than table salt. Hence, you will fit fewer of them in a teaspoon.
Myth – Frozen Yoghurt is Healthier than Ice Cream
This is also false. It boils down to what exactly is in these sweet treats. The calories and sugar could be specific to the product. So that white chocolate mousse-flavoured frozen yoghurt is not necessarily going to be healthier than that serving of vanilla ice cream.
What other nutrition myths do you know of?