With the increasing consciousness and ridiculous searching, lot of funny Nutrition myths are seen in the area of health and nutrition. Everyone tries to be a professional adviser with the half knowledge available to them, without even caring about its effects.
Here are few similar nutrition myths which are commonly seen while following any sort of diet;
- Healthy diet means carbohydrate rich and low fat diet: This is most common misconception, but several studies have proved it that when you have low fat and high carb diet for a longer time then eventually it neither showed any response on the body weight nor prevented any disease. So healthy balance diet given by your professional dietitian can help you with your weight.
- Healthy means Skinny: This definitely a big nutrition myth taking a toll on women’s health. Weight is surely not an indicator to measure health status or of fitness status of anyone. Someone with normal BMI can have lower fitness levels compared to those who are fit and have higher BMI compared to them. So change your view specially Girls!
- Lot of Protein in the diet is bad for you: Lot of people says that when you eat lots of protein the diet then it is harmful for your kidneys and even can increase risk for osteoporosis. It is true incase of a person who is already affected with kidney problems since long time but not the same for healthy individual. Rather, eating adequate amount of protein can help you to regulate your blood pressure and manage your Diabetes and these two concerns are responsible for kidney diseases. So not to worry about your kidneys while eating protein.
- Eating too many small meals is good for weight loss: It is commonly believed that when you eat too many i.e 5-6 small meals in a day then it helps you in keeping your metabolism high. Although it is true that this pattern of eating can be useful for extremely obese individuals who wants to cut down their hunger but otherwise eating 3-4 meals in a day has the same effect on total calorie burning process. Sometimes this frequent meal pattern can also lead to excessive calorie intake throughout the day hampering your diet.
- Want to lose weight? Cut it out Gluten: Gluten free diet has no significance with weight loss diet. Main staple food in Indian diet is wheat so when you restrict gluten form wheat person won’t get the feeling of fullness and also you will miss on complex fiber from wheat, which is good for weight loss.
- Everyone should reduce Salt intake to prevent blood pressure and heart worries: This is another common nutrition myth.This is true for those who are already affected with blood pressure but not every healthy individual should reduce their salt intake to minimize future risk, it has no confirmed evidence behind it. Sometimes lower intake of sodium can also prove to be fatal if not managed properly.
- Alcohol is good for health: It was previous thought that moderate consumption of alcohol is good for health especially for your heart. But recent studies claims that harmful effects of alcohol consumption are so strongly associated that it overshadows the benefits.
- Calorie count is important and not the food from which they are coming from: This is not true. Every food has different composition of macro and micro nutrients, in addition every food undergoes through different pathway of digestion and fat burning. So calorie usage differs for every food item regardless of calorie counting.
- All low fat foods are low in calories: When fat is removed from the food totally it tastes very bad. So to composite it, manufacturers add lots of sugar in these foods. So processed low fat foods are also not healthy because of higher sugar consumption.
- Weight loss is only about eating less and exercising more: This is surely one side of the coin. On the other side several uncontrollable factors like genetics, hormonal imbalances, and few external factors are equally important.
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