Don’t always believe what you hear- especially when it comes to your health. Here are some nutrition myths we were taught to follow, and according to the experts, we shouldn’t have listened to.
- Sugar Causes Diabetes: So far, a diet high in calories, being overweight, and an inactive lifestyle are the main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
- All Fats are bad: The key is to replace bad fats (saturated fats and trans fats) with good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats) in our diet. (*although not linked with increased heart disease risk, saturated fats aren’t as healthy as mono and poly unsaturated fats.)
- Brown Sugar is better than White Sugar: Unless you eat a gigantic portion of brown sugar everyday – the mineral content difference between brown sugar and white sugar is absolutely insignificant.
- Brown Eggs are more nutritious than White Eggs: Eggshell colour can vary but it has nothing to do with the quality, flavour, nutrition value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell colour only depends upon the breed of the hen.
- Avoid seafood to lower blood cholesterol: Saturated fats usually found in meat products and packaged foods, and trans fatty acids, are the most important factors that raise blood cholesterol, not dietary cholesterol.
- Avoid carbohydrate to lose weight: Many low-carb diets do not provide sufficient carbohydrates to your body for daily maintenance. It doesn’t matter if you eat a high or low-carb diet, you will lose weight if you decrease your caloric intake to less than what is needed to maintain your weight.
- Avoid nuts as they are fattening: In moderation, nuts can be a part of a healthy diet. In fact, nuts are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (good fats) as well as plant sterols which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
- Skipping meals can help lose weight: Often times, skipping a meal results in an increase in total caloric intake due to increased hunger when you do eat.