O faithful reader- Today HealthLoco would like to debunk some nutrition myths that you may have heard or believed over the course of your lives. In this age where we have the world at our fingertips, everything is so accessible online: Both information, and misinformation.
Thus, we present to you 5 nutrition myths that hold no water.
1. Carbohydrates make you fat.
Carbohydrates itself is not inherently fattening. Instead, it’s the calorie intake that causes one to be fat. Calories are found in all food, thus the issue lies not in what you eat, but how much you eat. Granted, certain foods contain more calories than others, but we shouldn’t fault carbohydrate, a main source of fuel for our bodies, for any weight gain.
HealthLoco Tip: Banana, as compared to other fruits, are higher in both carbs and sugar.
2. “Natural” labelled foods are healthier.
There is no serious regulation of the use of the label ‘natural’, and thus companies abuse it to fool consumers into paying for their “Natural(ly inclusive of chemical additives)” products. The term ‘Natural’ means nothing at all, honestly, in terms of food products. For example, a diet soda can claim that it’s “100% natural” even though they include a large dose of high fructose corn syrup, because of the “corn”, but high fructose corn syrup itself is definitely not natural
3. Microwave radiation produces toxic compounds in your food.
Not all radiation is harmful, and especially not microwave radiation, which is much, much weaker than the dosage you can expect from gamma or X-rays. The radiation from the microwave not only does not case the creation of dangerous substances in your food, but in fact, due to the speed it cooks, may help preserve nutrients in your food. However, be careful not to use plastics not meant for the microwave when cooking your food, for it may indeed cause the release of harmful toxins when heated up.
4. Deficiency in nutrients causes you to crave certain food.
Humans crave food to satisfy themselves emotionally. It is not true that our bodies crave food which contain the nutrients that we need, but instead some studies of low fat/low carb diets in adults have led to a marked decrease in food cravings when they are deprived of carbs & fats. A possible explanation for cravings may lie in a mix of social, cultural and psychological factors.
5. Eating more smaller meals throughout the day is better than eating fewer, larger meals.
Although it may be true that our metabolism speeds up whenever we start eating, thus causing more calories to be burnt, this increase in burnt calories is marginal and does not warrant a change in your eating habits. Ultimately the total calorie intake at the end of the day is about the same for both counts. So, in all, you could probably choose to do either and still come out the same afterwards.