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10 Nutrition And Food Myths Debunked

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Nutrition plays a major role in influencing our eating habits and keeping us healthy. People with knowledge of nutrition use that knowledge to make healthy food choices. So, it is important to gain and improve nutritional knowledge. We can gain nutritional knowledge from many sources. Most of the time, nutritional knowledge is gained from food labels, health magazines, family and friends, advertisements, and the Internet. As most of the knowledge we get about nutrition from different sources is perceived knowledge, it is not entirely correct. But in this age of abundance of information, it becomes difficult to differentiate fact from fiction.

Lack of accurate knowledge about nutrition affects our health, as we believe and adopt many widely prevalent health practices that are not backed by any scientific research. Let’s look at some such health myths.

Water is an essential nutrient and we have all been told time and again that we should drink 8 glasses of water every day to stay healthy. According to the article, ‘8 Glasses of Water a Day: Myth or Fact?’ in care2.com, ‘We’ve all heard we that we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day but there is no scientific research to back this and some health professionals think this requirement is ‘nonsense’. Another myth that many people believe in is that eating nuts makes us fat. An article about nuts in fitday.com says ‘The fat profile of nuts will vary from one type to another, so including a variety of nuts in your diet will help to ensure that you have a good balance of healthy fats’.

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Myth 1: Sugar Make Kids Hyper

If a child eats cotton candy, a chocolate bar or any other kind of sugary treat, will a hyperactive frenzy follow? While some parents may swear that the answer is "yes," research shows that it's just not true.

Myth 2: You Should Drink 8 Glasses Of Water A Day

We’ve all heard that we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day but there is no scientific research to back this. No one is arguing that our bodies don’t need to be properly hydrated; we are in fact 75 percent water. But, how much water we ...

Myth 3: Eggs Are Bad For Your Heart

Eggs can be a part of a balanced diet, despite their perceived ‘bad’ reputation due to their cholesterol content. A boiled, poached or scrambled egg can be a healthy option. Just watch out for what you add to them.

Myth 4: Carbohydrates Are Making You Fat

Carbs are not your enemy. In fact, that's not what's making you fat. Find out what makes carbohydrates essential for our diets.

Myth 5: Raw Vegetables Are Healthier Than Cooked

Raw vegetables aren't always healthier. Cooking is crucial to our diets. It helps us digest food without expending huge amounts of energy.

Myth 6: Nuts Are Too Fattening

For years, fats have been needlessly shunned from many diets, believing that calories from fat contribute to unhealthy weight gain. However, healthy fats are now considered a pillar of balanced diet, with nuts paving the way into a new era.

Myth 7: Food Cravings Indicate Nutrition Deficiencies

If cravings were an indicator of nutritional deficiency, we'd all crave fruits and vegetables. The fact that we all want high carb, high fat comfort foods, is a pretty good indicator that cravings aren't related to deficiencies.

Myth 8: Diet Soda Helps You To Lose Weight

Diet soda will not help you lose weight, it may do just the opposite! A growing number of studies link the consumption of diet soda with weight gain.

Myth 9: Spicy Food Causes Ulcer

For decades, doctors believed that ulcers, or peptic ulcer diseases were caused by eating lots of spicy or highly acidic foods. People who developed ulcers were put on strict, bland diets. Boring food, however, didn't seem to cure the pain. It is ...

Myth 10: Eating Extra Protein Builds Muscles

Seems like everyone at the gym is doing it: filling up on protein to bulk up those biceps. But it's a misconception. Eating extra protein actually doesn't do much toward boosting your muscle mass and strength.

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