Top 15 Nutrition Myths

top 15 nutrition myths1. Nutrition Myths – Avoid all Carbs. 

There is no proof that carb-rich foods are make us gain weight more than any other food. It is an excess of calories that puts on weight; it really doesn’t matter where those extra calories come from.

2. Nutrition Myths – Don’t’ ever eat in the evening.

People think that eating in the evening makes the body store more fat since you are not burning of those calories with activity.  It is the consumption of too many calories, day or night, that creates the problem.

3. Nutrition Myths – People inherit being overweight.

Scientists have not been able to identify genes that potentially make people fat. Although there does seem to be some genetic connection or link, this is only true in a small number of people.

4. Nutrition Myths – Diets don’t work. 

The truth is if you take in fewer calories than you need or burn more calories than you take in, you will end up losing weight. The problems with many fad diets are twofold.  They are often short-lived and you are not building good eating habits.

5. Nutrition Myths – Red meat is bad for your health.

People say that red meat has too much fat.  Now due to modern breeding, and new techniques, red meat is now leaner than ever. Also it is important to know that half the fat in red meat is monousaturates, which are heart healthy.

6. Nutrition Myths – Dairy products are fattening and unhealthy.

Dairy products, including milk, cheese and yogurt are packed with nutrients, minerals, such as calcium, protein, zinc and B vitamins.

7. Nutrition Myths – Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables contain fewer vitamins.

Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh ones.  As a matter of fact, they may be more so if they are picked and packaged before they lose any of their nutrients.

8. Nutrition Myths – Margarine is healthier and lower in fat than butter.

Ordinary margarines have the same amount of fat and calories as butter. Furthermore, they may contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, or trans fats, which are unhealthy for our heart.

9. Nutrition Myths -Cereal bars are lower in fat and sugar than chocolate or sweets. 

Cereal bars sound healthy, but check the ingredients on the label and you will be surprised.  Besides oats, nuts, and fruit, they contain rice syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, or honey.

10. Nutrition Myths -Honey is less fattening than sugar.

Honey is actually higher in calories than sugar…One teaspoon of honey contains 25 calories, while the same amount of sugar is 16 calories. Honey does, however have natural plant chemicals, called falconoid, which are antioxidants.

Low Fat Foods11. Nutrition Myths -Low-fat foods are always best.

Some calorie-free or fat-free products may contain containing extra sugars and thickeners for flavor. You need to read the labels to find out the number of calories in any food product.

12. Nutrition Myths -Salad is the best meal when eating out.

Today, restaurants are all offering house salad specialties to please their weight-conscious clientele. But many contain high-fat ingredients and you may end up having more calories than if you had ordered a burger and fries.

13. Nutrition Myths -Organic food is healthier than non-organic food.

‘Organic’ refers to the farming methods used to produce a food.  It has nothing to do with the nutrients. While organic foods are much better for the environment, they are not necessarily better for you.

14. Nutrition Myths -Nuts are fattening and should be avoided.

Nuts are high in calories and fat, however nuts also contain protein, fiber, and minerals, and heart-healthy monounsaturates.  Nuts also help keep blood sugar levels steady and leave you satisfied.

15. Nutrition Myths -The heavier you are, the fewer calories you need to lose weight.

The opposite is true. The heavier you are, the more calories you are allowed to have. This is because the body has to work that much harder to move the excess weight around.

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