Myths busted: Are you still believing in these food and nutrition myths?

‘Chocolates are not good for health.’ Does your mother screams this when you’ve just taken a bite of your favorite chocolate? Or, sipping your favorite latte in the morning reminds you of the saying – ‘coffee makes you anxious and jittery.’ Is this you go through every time when you try to enjoy your favorite food or beverage?

How many of you find yourselves in this type of situations? I think it’s the story of everyone. Isn’t it?

7 Food and nutrition myths unmasked

There are some food and nutrition myths that we often believe blindly. Take a look at the list below and debunk the myths that you’ve been believing all these years.

Myth no. 1: Diabetes persons should stay away from sugar

The truth: The notion that you must devoid yourself from eating sweets or sugar if you’ve diabetes doesn’t make sense. Yes, having too much sweets or sugar is bad for you. But, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have your favorite cake or sweet for the rest of your life. Of course, you can relish your favorite sweet dish, but you must watch the quantity.

Myth no. 2: Egg yolks are not good

The truth: Before you throw away the egg yolk remember, they’re a “goldmine of nutrition.” Having eggs for breakfast will keep you filled and prevent you from overeating the rest of the day. According to Nicole Ferring Holovach, “dietary cholesterol doesn’t affect blood cholesterol levels as much as previously thought.”

Myth no. 3: Coffee causes cancer

The truth: Over the past years, on several occasions coffee has been hooked up with cancer. For instance, in the late 1970s, researchers found that coffee caused the growth of cysts in the breast tissue. Also, a Harvard university study, in 1981, found the growth of pancreatic cancer among coffee drinkers.

Myth no. 4: Eight glasses of water per day will do wonders

The truth: Just like nutrients and calories, water intake varies from individual to individual. The amount of water required by your body depends on your activity and exercise level, and also the temperature of the place where you live. Remember, things like tea, coffee, soup, fruits also add to your water intake. So, the notion that ‘eight glasses of water per day is a must’ doesn’t hold true for every individual.

Myth no. 5: Brown bread is better than white bread

The truth: Brown bread does not necessarily mean it is made with whole grains. It could contain caramel coloring or a bit of whole wheat. So, before you buy brown bread look for words like “whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the packet. Make sure the first ingredient on the list is – whole wheat, oats, whole rye, whole-grain corn, barley, quinoa, buckwheat, or brown rice.

Myth no. 6: Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are less nutritious

The truth: Fresh fruits and vegetables are always considered to be more nutritious than frozen and canned foods. Is this really so? Not exactly. Fresh edibles often travel distant miles and are even kept on grocery shelves in contact with heat, air, and water, which may cause it to lose its nutritious value along the way.

Myth no. 7: Having nuts make you fat

The truth: From time immemorial, nuts are popular for fattening. It’s known that the calorie content in nuts is high. But, what’s the truth? According to researchers, given the amount of calories in nuts, it aids in weight loss. Also, too much intake of nuts at a time will increase your weight. Eating nuts will help you feel full and suppress your hunger, thus preventing you from overeating. Besides, nuts are an excellent source of fiber and provide nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, folate, and copper.

Don’t believe everything you read or listen. They might not be true. If you’re in confusion take help from a nutritionist.

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