Every time you want to sprinkle some salt on your dishes, your well-wishing friend pulls you back saying that you are doing yourself harm. You love egg yolks but have overheard your neighbor say that they are bad for your heart. You wish to eat a little extra but are following small meal plans a day rather than eat heartily in one go. If you have still been following these so called ‘healthy’ advises, then you must read on to segregate facts from myths.
1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day
Have you been measuring your water intake and worried that you are not able to meet that popular mark? Then understand that water is contributed through fluids and even the foods that you consume as they all contain water and count towards the daily total intake. The only thing that you need to concentrate on is to hydrate yourself amply, especially after a sweaty workout.
2. All Herbal Products Are Safe
Herbs are natural, hence the notion that all herbal products can be consumed safely without limits. All things natural certainly don’t imply that all are safe. Tobacco and opium are also natural plants, but we all know their effects. The fact is that this domain lacks standardization. So, different products vary in levels of purity and concentration. Just to improve your health, taking a supplement without medical advice may not necessarily do you any good.
3. Restricted Salt Intake Keeps Heart Strokes at Bay
It’s true that bringing down salt consumption reduces blood pressure slightly. But it doesn’t have any considerable effect on heart strokes. There is no scientific proof that holds water on this myth. But freely advising even healthy consumers to restrict salt intake is just baseless.
4. Carbohydrates Make You Obese
Carbs have gotten a bad trap and the low-carb manifesto that was a rage two decades back is losing its sheen. Still some people from the old school of thought keep this misinformation alive. Good news is that ‘good-carbs’ like whole grains, fruits and vegetables and beans are the main source of fuel for your body. But stay away from the refined, carbohydrate-rich foods like pasta, doughnuts and white bread that expose you to health problems like diabetes and heart diseases.
5. Red Meat Causes Cancer
Diseases like cancer are difficult to assess based on the food intake. Studies hint that 80 percent of the food ingredients have risk of cancer but the effect is very small to be noticed. Red meat, or other smoked meats, containing poly-aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, are known to damage the genome and thus pave the way for cancer. But the truth is that poor diet unhealthy lifestyle choices fuel the risk of cancer and it not the red meat alone to blame. However, practicing a healthy lifestyle and eliminating other risks of cancer such as quitting smoking will slowly show that the risk of eating red meat is negligible.
6. Eating Late at Night Makes You Fat
Calories are just calories and there is no magic hour of the day that helps you absorb less if eaten at that time than at other hours. It’s overindulgence that is the culprit and not the hour. Point to be noted is the quantity and quality of food that you consume than at what time to have it. Spreading out your food intake over the day to get your energy will help control your weight.
7. Egg Yolks Are High in Cholesterol
Eggs, in fact, raise ‘good’ cholesterol levels and consuming yolks has no effect on stroke risks in majority of the people – especially the non-diabetic ones. Whole eggs rank among the highly nutritious foods on earth. Asking everyone to get rid of yolks in their diet irrespective of their health maybe just be ridiculous.
8. All Saturated Fats Are Bad
Saturated fats when got from proper resources like egg yolks, avocado and coconut oil serve as the building blocks to look after a variety of hormones and cell membranes. They also act as carriers for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Saturated fats are essential to convert carotene into vitamin A and all saturated fats are not bad as they are depicted these days.
9. Whole Wheat Makes Your Diet Balanced
Wheat has been part of our diet since ages. But over a period of time modern wheat has undergone a sea change. Today’s ‘whole grain’ label is pure joke. Today’s wheat has lost its nutritious value and it is in fact capable of increasing cholesterol levels. For patients who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, it causes bloating, tiredness, pain and brings down the quality of life. So, its again a myth to say or to suggest that a diet consisting of whole meat is well balanced.
10. Avoid Coffee
The caffeine in the coffee has spread the word that drinking this brew is unhealthy. However, studies have proven otherwise. Coffee is actually loaded with antioxidants. Consuming this beverage lowers risk of depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes to name a few. However, it can render negative effects on women trying to conceive and for those who are advised to avoid any kind of caffeine intake due to their health concerns.
So the next time you hear such myths, try to reason if there is an iota of truth in it. Moderation in consumption of anything is the key to stay fit.