We all started out this way, listening to our mothers, our sisters and our friends discuss what was a total no-no if we wanted better skin, better hair, and that all-so-important – Weight loss. Then we passed it around, keeping it in circulation and might even have seen results that we took to be the gospel truth. What made things worse was that the media dished it out to us on a regular basis and so did (surprise, surprise!) some health experts.
But here is the truth of the matter. Food myths are being debunked left and right as researchers go into the heart of the matter and finally put an end to all this babble.
Eight glasses of water – We’ve all heard of this one and at one time or another and most probably sworn by it. You can stop counting. Yes, really. There’s no rule by which you need to live by when it comes to this myth.
People who are bigger and taller in build would probably need more water than others as would those who live in places where the temperature soars. Drink as much as you need, taking small sips every once in a while.
Eggs are bad for your heart – Unless you have a pre-existing condition you’re in the clear with this one. When they say that eggs are bad for your heart, they’re probably talking about the egg yolk, not the whole egg.
Yes, the yolk of the egg is high in cholesterol (HDL to be precise, the good kind), so if you’ve been told to cut out consumption by a doctor, then follow it. Egg whites have no cholesterol so you can go ahead with those. For all you healthy people out there, enjoy it in moderation.
Multivitamins are essential – Parents get pretty worked up regarding their children’s health and nutrition these days but it’s always a good thing to get the right information, separate myth from reality.
The experts hold that not all children need multivitamins if they are healthy and developing normally for their age. The thing that parents should take into serious consideration is what their child is eating at mealtimes and during snacks break.
If your pediatrician does suggest a multivitamin, choose one for his/her age so they get the nutrients they need in the right amount.
Put down the coffee
This one was in the news lately. Research indicated that when coffee beans were roasted, a chemical called acrylamide was formed and that it “probably” caused cancer. A more in-depth analysis is required.
Studies have suggested that there are numerous health benefits when coffee is consumed in moderation like a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It also contains nutrients and antioxidants.
Too much sugar causes diabetes
We’ve all been fed this story by our elders – don’t eat too many sweets and chocolates or you’ll get diabetes. Sweets won’t get you there if you don’t have diabetes but if you keep putting on weight and keep away from regular exercise, you’ll get there.
Eat less fat to lose weight
Fat is good for you, your body needs fat to function. That doesn’t mean you can reach for another chocolate bar. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, the kinds that are in chips, cookies, and cake.
Instead seek your good fats (yes, there is such a thing!) in dark chocolate, almonds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, cheese, and eggs. Don’t go overboard though, consume in moderation.
Remember that you are unique and your system is too. What might work for you, might not work for someone else? And the opposite is also true. It’s always better to get the right information rather than go with hearsay. Now that you know better, you can make sound choices for yourself and pass on the right information to others.