There are some nutrition myths we have all heard. They’ve become a commonly accepted fact, although not true.
Don’t always believe what you hear, especially when it comes to your health.
Debunking 8 Nutrition Myths
Sugar Causes Diabetes
So far, a diet high in calories, being overweight, and an inactive lifestyle are the main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
All Fats Are Bad
The key is to replace bad fats – saturated fats and trans fats – with good fats – monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats – in our diet.
Brown Sugar Is Better Than White Sugar
The mineral content difference between brown sugar and white sugar is absolutely insignificant. For your health, it is best to avoid all processed and artificial sugars.
Brown Eggs Are More Nutritious Than White Eggs
Eggshell color has nothing to do with the nutritional value of an egg. Nor does it affect the quality, flavor, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen. If you want more nutritious eggs, look for pasture raised. Get your eggs from a local farmer whose practices you agree with, or from your local farmers market for better nutritional value.
Avoid Seafood to Lower Blood Cholesterol
Saturated fats usually found in meat products and packaged foods, and are the most important factors that raise blood cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol does not necessarily raise your blood cholesterol. Worry more about the trans fats in processed foods, than the dietary cholesterol.
Avoid Carbohydrates to Lose Weight
Many low-carb diets do not provide enough carbohydrates for your body to function properly. It doesn’t matter if you eat a high or low-carb diet, you lose weight when your caloric intake is less than the calories you burn. If you are cutting carbs, avoid those in processed foods not the natural carbs in fruits and vegetables. Remember, natural is best.
Nuts Are Fattening
In moderation, nuts can be a part of a healthy diet. In fact, nuts are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; a.k.a., good fats. They also have plant sterols that have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
Skipping Meals Can Help You Lose Weight
Skipping a meal results in over-eating when we finally sit down to eat. We eat more calories when we skip meals, because we’re so hungry, than when we eat more frequently throughout the day. A better approach is to eat smaller frequent healthy meals and snacks to keep our blood sugar balanced.
So now you know the real truth of these 8 nutrition myths.
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