Proper nutrition has been a hot topic in the media lately. Whether it’s people trying to lose weight or live longer, it has been discussed at length in everything from daytime television to countless articles.
Unfortunately, with so many incorrect references, social media posts and websites, it has allowed rumors and nutrition myths to spread like wildfire in a global game of telephone. This article will help you debunk some of the more common ones.
Nutrition Myth #1: Potatoes Are Just Empty Calories
This one has been floating around since the low-carb high-protein craze first began. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, but that’s hardly all they do. Potatoes are high in potassium – even more than bananas – as well as vitamin C. Not to mention they’re very cost-effective and keep for quite a while. It keeps them firmly in the category of ‘foods to always have in your pantry’.
Nutrition Myth #2: Egg Yolks Cause Heart Disease
This nutrition myth stemmed from the fact that whole eggs are high in cholesterol. In reality, eating foods that are high in cholesterol doesn’t necessarily make your blood cholesterol levels higher. Your liver makes a lot of it all on its own and when you eat more cholesterol it simply makes less.
In fact, there a quite a few studies showing that eggs actually can help raise your HDL, otherwise known as your ‘good cholesterol’. Plus, whole eggs are one of the most nutritious foods out there!
Nutrition Myth #3: Coffee Is Bad for You
A lot of folks have pushed the logic that coffee is unhealthy because of the caffeine content. While it is true that too much caffeine can be bad for you, moderate amounts can actually be beneficial.
Coffee is also a huge source of antioxidants (even more than fruits and vegetables) and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s great for your mental health too, lowering the risk of depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Nutrition Myth #4: Many Small Meals Are Better Than A Few Average Meals
This myth has been touted for a long time, especially among bodybuilders and fitness gurus, claiming that it kicks up your metabolism. This is blatantly untrue. While it can help people dealing with excessive hunger, several studies show that 2-3 meals has the exact same effect as eating 5-6 meals when it comes to your metabolism. There has also been a more recent study that suggests that more frequent meals can increase liver and stomach fat.
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be healthier. In fact, it’s fantastic! But make sure you’re checking the facts of the newest diet or hot tip, and don’t let common nutrition myths make your health goals twisted and distorted. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health!