What to eat and what not eat has always been the toughest choice to make. If we are diet conscious we often count the calories and it’s nutritious value. However, since a long time, we have made certain assumptions in our mind about certain foods. We have classified some food as unhealthy relying on the floating myths. Thus, it’s high time when we should break these myths and make you aware of the reality of these unhealthy foods, which are actually healthy. Though eating healthy is a prime key to stay fit. But ignoring certain foods is not a mantra of healthy living. We should eat what is right without having any misconception build up in our mind. (Also read: What are the most nutritious vegetables to eat)
Here are some of the myths about food and nutrition:
Myth 1: Eggs are heart’s enemy
Truth: Eggs are healthy to eat
On average eggs, the yolk contains cholesterol around 211 mg which is believed to clog the arteries and veins of the heart. However, it’s a myth. A normal human being can eat one egg per day. The amount of cholesterol present in one egg, do not initiate the rise in the level of cholesterol. But there should be a proper check on the amount of cholesterol you are intaking. It should be less than 300mg per day. And if you are having any heart-related disease, it should be even less than 200mg.
Myth 2: Carbohydrate makes us fat
Truth: Some carbohydrates are good to eat
There are two categories of carbohydrates- a good one and a bad one. Not every carbohydrate make you fat. However, it is necessary to bless your body with a certain amount of carbohydrate in order to provide energy to the body. Depriving the body of ‘good carbs’ like whole grains, fruits, vegetables etc., we are doing more harm to the body. Besides this, consuming low carbohydrate diet helps you to lose weight quickly and efficiently. However, to lose weight you need to control your taste buds that crave for delicacies. (Also read: What are the different food combinations we should avoid)
Myth 3: Intake of calories at night makes you fat
Truth: Calories are calories, time of consumption does not matter
It is a noticing fact that people think, calories that are consumed at night makes you more fat than the calories you take in the morning.But the truth is no matter what time you consume calories, they are only calories. The will make you equal fat in the morning as they could at night. SO eat the right amount of calories.
Myth 4: Periodic fasting is important to remove toxins from body
Truth: Our body has organs to remove toxins
Fasting should be by choice. It should not be mandatory. People think, fasting will help the body to relax and will also not provide any kind of calories, thus the body will resume proper functioning soon. However, our body needs no fasting. It is designed in a way that it has different organs like kidneys, liver and the spleen that removes toxins and waste from the body.
Myth 5: Eating too much protein is good
Truth: Excess of protein leads to weight gain
We all know that we should not eat excess carbs. But we still are unaware of the fact that eating too many proteins is also harmful. There is a required amount of protein in the body, consuming more than that only make you obese. Proteins are essential for weight the repairing purpose inside the body. On an average, a normal human body needs 0.8 grams of proteins per kilogram of the body weight. (Also read: What are the harmful effects of eating junk food)