Healthy food facts and myths are very difficult to distinguish. We stumble upon some, take it for the truth, and then start spreading these stereotypes. As a result, food myths make us give up some of our favorite dishes or affect our health with the wrong diets.
It is difficult to deal with stereotypes, so we decided to help you figure out some nutrition myths and facts.
#1. Eating after 6 p.m. is bad for you
This is an old misconception you should already forget about. The fast pace of the present-day life makes eating after 6 p.m. not just a normal thing, but something you need to do. Just don’t eat less than two hours before going to bed and try to have something light for dinner.
#2. Fats are bad for your organism
Without fats, metabolism would be impossible. Fats help the human body to digest vitamins A and E, to produce hormones, to keep the skin healthy, and support liver functions. You should limit the number of transfats, like smoked sausages, mayonnaise, cakes with cream, etc.
#3. Snacks are also bad
Snacks are the necessity. If you care about your health, you need to restore energy levels during the day. Just make sure these periodic snacks are balanced, and they aren’t junk foods. Having some fruit or nuts is the best option.
#4. All organic foods are useful
A price for a product with “organic” stamp on a package is considerably higher. If you decide to buy some, read what’s written on a package and make sure no GMO or pesticides were used. Check the products that aren’t advertised as organic, maybe they are not different.
#5. You shouldn’t consume carbs
It depends on what carbs we are talking about fast or slow carbs. The primer should be cut down. These are the carbs contained in sugar, pastry, potatoes, chocolate, jams, sweet fruits, etc. Slow carbs, however, are one of the key components of a healthy diet.
#6. Fruit and vegetables are not useful when refrigerated
Modern technologies allow preserving seasonal foods with minimal interference with their useful properties. Just make sure you don’t accidentally defrost and freeze up them again, that’s not a great thing to do.
#7. Separate nutrition helps to lose weight
The set of ferments released by the gaster and pancreas make it possible to process proteins, fats, and carbs simultaneously. There is no scientific proof of separate nutrition benefits. Weight loss process starts because of the strict selection of products and calorie shortcut.
#8. Brown bread is much more useful than white bread
Dark color doesn’t necessarily mean that the bread is rich in fiber, it can be simply the result of caramels. The caloric value of brown and white bread is almost identical so both can add you some an extra kilogram. Look for whole-grain and quick bread.
#9. Juices are as useful as fruit
After fruits are transformed into juice, there are almost no useful fibers left, and the amount of vitamins and minerals gets significantly lower as well, leaving sugar the main component. Speaking about supermarket juices, you’ll find a lot of preservative agents in the composition as well.
#10. Sushi is a dietary food
You won’t get extra kilograms immediately, but don’t forget what ingredients are used for sushi. Fish and weed are certainly useful, while the white rice isn’t on the list of low-cal foods. Some restaurants offer rolls with cheese and mayonnaise, which aren’t very good either.
#11. Eating chocolate leads to gaining weight
Again, it depends on what chocolate you eat and how much you eat. Chocolate is a high-cal product, but these calories transform into energy very fast. Moreover, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, and it boosts your brain activity. There’s no need to give up chocolate completely.
#12. You need to drink eight glasses of water daily
The need for hydration is very individual. There is no universal amount of water required daily that will make a person healthy. Drink a glass of water after you wake up, and drink when you feel thirsty during the day.
#13. You shouldn’t have more than one cup of coffee daily
Don’t blame caffeine for insomnia, irritation, anxiety or heart hurry. Coffee is digested almost immediately and doesn’t stay in the organism for more than five hours. You can have several cups during a day, but watch the amount of sugar you put in the drink.
#14. Brown sugar is more useful than white sugar
This is similar to the bread issue. Sugar is sugar, it can’t be useful. The caloric value of both is high so it is better to watch the amount of sugar you consume, including what comes in sweets, pastry, etc. The rest depends on your personal preferences.
#15. Dairy products are useful when they are defatted
Dairy fat in a moderate amount is very useful for the human organism. It is a natural preservative, the lack of which will require adding artificial preservatives to postpone the expiry date. The best option is to buy semifat products.
#16. Pasta doesn’t belong to healthy foods
Two-minute noodles certainly don’t, while pasta made of durum wheat is allowed even when you are on a diet. You can eat pasta once or twice a week without worrying about extra kilograms.