Staying healthy is not easy, especially in this age of misinformation. We, at FitNut, are determined to help you out, and here we bust six most common myths around nutrition.
MYTH: If it’s “multi-grain”, it’s healthy
FACT: This fad really needs to end; and the real buzzword is “whole grain”. Every time your local baker or grocer tells you it’s “multi-grain”, remember that it only means that the product is made up of more than one type of grain. It doesn’t guarantee “healthy” in any way.
MYTH: Egg yolk raises blood cholesterol
FACT: Poor yolk has nothing to do with the rise in one’s blood cholesterol; the culprits are saturated fats and trans fats. Our body naturally produces cholesterol, and when we consume items that already have cholesterol, the body compensates and produces less.
According to professor Eric Rimm at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a healthy adult can easily eat one whole egg a day. Unfortunately, those suffering from diabetes or a heart-related ailment, however, need to cut it down to three whole eggs a week.
MYTH: Eating Fats and carbohydrates makes you Fat
FACT: No, they are not the reason behind the weight gain, folks. It’s the amount of calories you consume, in fact. Healthy fats such as mono-unsaturated, poly-unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty-acids, as well as complex carbs are an essential part of a well-balanced diet.
Truth of the matter is that excess calories from any source is what adds to the inches and not the source itself.
MYTH: Brown sugar is better than white sugar
FACT: This one’s an industry gimmick. Brown sugar is essentially white sugar plus a thick brown by-product obtained during refining of sugar, called molasses. Both brown sugar and white sugar contain almost the same amount of calories and the difference in their nutritive value is negligible.
MYTH: You should drink 8 glasses of water everyday
FACT: This one was definitely a rumour spread by parents across the globe. There is no thumb rule when it comes to your water consumption. It is imperative to stay hydrated, so consume enough water so that you don’t feel thirsty and your urine is colourless or light yellow.
MYTH: Eating dinner after 8 pm causes weight gain
FACT: Here’s some good news for all the night owls! Calories don’t see time. It doesn’t matter what time you eat, whats important is how many calories you consume throughout the day. Studies have, however, shown that we tend to make the wrong (read unhealthy) choices at night. Eat healthy, avoid junk at all hours of the day.
In order to sleep well, however, we recommend you eat at least two hours before bedtime.