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6 Biggest Nutrition and Food Myths Busted

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On the path to eating healthy, you will encounter a lot of advice on how to do so. However, most of this is old wives’ tale and have no scientific backing. Here are some of the 6 biggest nutrition and food myths you should not heed.

Sea Salt is Healthier than Table Salt

One of the most common food myths is that regular table salt comes from a mine and contains approximately 2,300 milligrams of sodium per teaspoon. Sea salt comes from evaporated salt water, and it also contains approximately 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That makes them, well, about identical. Most believers point to the fact that sea salt also contains other compounds like iron and magnesium, but in truth, these minerals exist in very minute amounts

All Calories Are the Same

One of the biggest food myths, we need to address is this – eating 300 calories of poultry is not the same as eating 300 calories of halwa. The body uses and stores calories in a different way depending on the nutrients each food is encompassed of. Some carbohydrates will be harder to digest. Calories from sugar will make you obese and leave you feeling hungry even after consuming a huge amount.  

#3 Food Myth: Yogurt has Good Belly Bacteria

Yogurt contains helpful bacteria that help in sending reinforcements to the gut when needed. This bacteria is known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus. When looking for yogurt, look for ‘live active culture’ on their nutrition label. Unfortunately, today most packed yogurts have too much sugar and this encourages unhealthy bacteria in the gut. This causes the unhealthy bacteria to feed on the sugar in the belly in the same way in which they do around the teeth.

#4 Food Myth: Egg Yolks Raise Cholesterol

Egg yolks contain dietary cholesterol; this much is factual. But research has established that dietary cholesterol has about nothing to do with serum cholesterol, the material in your blood. Researchers from Wake Forest University reviewed more than 30 egg studies and found no connection between heart disease and egg consumption, and Saint Louis study found that consuming eggs for breakfast could help reduce your calorie intake for the rest of the day.

#5 Food Myth: Oranges are The Best Source of Vitamin C

Functioning as far more than a plain immune booster, vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays a multitude of important roles in your body. It improves mood by increasing the flow of norepinephrine, strengthens skin by helping to build collagen, and bolsters metabolic efficiency by helping transport fat cells into the body’s mitochondria. But since your body can neither create nor store the wonder vitamin, you need to provide it with a constant supply. An orange is the most celebrated vitamin-C food, and although it’s a good source, it’s by no means the best. For 70 calories, one orange gives you only about 70 micrograms of vitamin C. Papaya, Brussels sprouts and strawberries are sources of higher vitamin C content.

#6 Food Myth: You Can Never Eat Too Much Healthy Food

Nutritious or not, portion amount counts with every food. Buy smaller portion sizes for healthy foods if you have difficulty in controlling your hunger pangs. Healthy food, like the rest should not be overeaten. 

 

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