HEADLINE HEALTH – Misinformation about food and health abounds.
The best solution we’ve found: do your own research, never stop learning, and find what works for you.
The folks at HealthyWay recently published a story called, 15 Healthy Food Lies We’ve Been Told Our Whole Lives.
We’d rather call these half-truths than lies, because most grew out of research that at least has a grain of truth to it.
However what’s valuable here is to challenge your assumptions and see if some simple changes can improve our health and your life, even if that means ignoring “conventional wisdom.”
Here we bring you five of the fifteen; at the end of our post you’ll find a link to the full list.
Just drink more water, pretzels are better than bread, and yogurt is inherently good for you. Right? Wrong!
As you do more research, you may be a little put off when you realize some of your nutritious go-tos are actually a bigger mistake than that Kit Kat you snuck in last week.
Check out this list to make sure you’re really taking two steps forward and not two pounds back!
1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Your parents may have warned you against skipping breakfast as a child, but science suggests that people who do aren’t any less healthy than those who religiously eat a bowl of cereal every morning. Waiting until lunch is increasingly becoming more popular, and studies indicate that our eating habits have shifted with time—millennials are more likely to skip breakfast than their older counterparts.
2. Fiber is a cure-all.
You’ve probably begun to notice the latest fad with yogurts now boasting their fiber-rich products, and many white bread products and cereals claim to be a “good source of fiber,” too. Well, the fiber that’s been supplemented into these products is not exactly natural, and adding something good like fiber to junk food doesn’t magically make it healthy.
So if you’re looking for a fiber boost, try to stick with naturally fiber-rich products, like veggies, fruits, and grains.
3. Microwaving removes the nutritional value from food.
Yet another false statement! Don’t be so hasty to toss out your appliance just yet. The very act of cooking food, no matter what the method, does result in the loss of nutrients, but limiting the cooking time and the amount of liquid used is the best way to preserve the nutritional value of your meal. Guess what is specifically designed for this purpose? Your microwave.
4. The more calories you cut the more pounds you lose.
This is definitely false. Let’s create a scenario. Say you have a 100-calorie cookie in front of you. Then you have a 100-calorie bowl of veggies. Which do you think is going to help you lose weight quicker? Obviously the vegetable. Yet the calorie count is the same.
Obsessively counting calories is probably doing you more harm than good. You’re far better off by simply incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
5. Eating after 7 p.m. causes weight gain.
This is a common statement you’ll hear even from seasoned personal trainers, but the reality is there’s no scientific evidence behind it. This myth has become a “fact” because, typically, if you’re eating after 6 p.m., it’s usually due to your lack of food during the day. People tend to overeat at night if they haven’t properly nourished themselves throughout the day, leading to weight gain from late-night snacking. Read the full list.
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