Common Nutrition Myths

shutterstock_155442605Nutrition is key to living a healthy and fitful lifestyle. But there are certain myths about nutrition that most people have commonly accepted as fact. In the process, it has affected the way they look at personal nutrition. Here are some common nutrition myths that you should know about.

Eating a lot of protein is not good.

There is a common myth that eating a lot of protein is bad for you since it may affect your kidneys and your bones. There is no association found in studies regarding protein consumption and kidney problems. While eating protein may increase the excretion of calcium in the body, it is not related to causing damage to the bones. In fact, a diet high in protein may both improve bone health and kidney health. This diet helps in lowering blood pressure and improves symptoms associated with diabetes. This should help improve kidney function in the long term.

Eggs are unhealthy.

Over the years, many experts have somehow demonized the consumption of eggs saying that it is not good for you. They say that eggs are high in cholesterol, which is associated with heart disease. But recent studies have shown that cholesterol sourced from one’s diet does not really affect cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, eggs are actually a source of “good” cholesterol, the type that is not associated with increasing heart disease risk.

Eat a lot of grains.

Eating grains are considered a staple among many populations from different nations. But eating a lot of them may actually not be healthy. Most grains contain phytic acid, a compound that binds into essential minerals in the intestine, preventing them from being absorbed. Grains such as wheat also contain a large amount of protein called gluten. There are some people who are sensitive to gluten. Eating it can cause damage to the intestinal lining, which can lead to symptoms of pain, bloating, tiredness and stool inconsistency in some people.

Saturated fat is bad.

For decades, we have been told that heart disease risk may be increased by eating too much fat, saturated fat in particular. A 2010 review that looked into 21 studies involving 347,747 participants stated that no association was seen between saturated fat and heart disease. We have been led to believe in an unproven theory for years that saturated fat is linked to heart disease. It somehow became conventional wisdom along the way.

Low fat foods are good for you.

In relation to the myth above, we also have been told that eating low-fat foods is good for your health. But that is not always true. Manufacturers of many processed foods know that eating food products that are low in fat are bland and not too palatable. That is why they usually replace the removed fat with sugar in order to make them taste more delicious. Sugar is associated with various diseases such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and others. In this case, fats are replaced by substances that are also considered harmful. So eating low fat foods is not always a healthy option.

 

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