Five Food Myths Busted
Every culture and every race follows a few beliefs when it comes to food. Some of these food-related traditions have been passed on to us from our grandparents who probably learned them from theirs. While customs, like eating with your hand, not waving chopsticks at a stranger, waiting for someone to pour your drink, are fine. There are certain food myths passed on to us that are not true at all. They neither have any scientific backing nor medical evidence behind them. Let’s bust some of these food myths.
High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Worse Than Sugar
For years, health-conscious people have avoided high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) like it is some kind of poison. But experts from the Center For Science In The Public Interest say that HFCS was created exactly like sugar — which means it does not only taste like sugar, but its components are like sugar, too. Hence, it is no better than sugar or sucrose. Fructose itself is not bad, but our body is more used to dealing with fructose in diluted form in fruits only. When the body gets a huge amount of fructose in sodas as added sugar, it is bad not because of the HFCS but because of the high sugar content. Consuming too much sugar every day might lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or fatty liver.
Fewer Carbs Mean A Healthy Diet
It is true that a diet loaded with refined wheat flour, sugar, and the likes can definitely make you fatter or make you more susceptible to a heart disease. But, if you leave out carbs completely from your diet, then you will be depriving your body of its key nutrients and fiber. Research has also shown that people who eat a low-carb diet find it difficult to stick to it in the long run. Low carbs, Paleo, Atkins, Keto or slow carbs – whatever you prefer to call it, you will definitely lose weight in the initial stage. But, when comparing between a low-carb diet and a normal diet, it has been found that over the years, the loss in calories doesn’t seem to be much. And since when has having only meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner been healthy?
Small Meals Throughout The Day Helps Control Weight
Eating small meals throughout the day versus four meals – which one do you prefer? Let’s find out first how our body works. When we have a meal, our body processes the food, and metabolism occurs. This means that if you tend to have small meals, your body will go through metabolism very often and burn more calories. This is exactly the reason why mini-meals have been glorified all these years. But scientists say that the difference in calories is so few that it doesn’t matter much. However, having small meals might help you stay full, and that way you will end up eating less every time.
Eight Glasses Of Water A Day
We all know about the goodness of water in our lives. Drinking lots of liquids and staying dehydrated are imperative for each and every one of us. But, it has been proven to be an urban legend. Water is good for us. Period. It is, however, not necessary to drink eight glasses of water every day. Every individual has different needs when it comes to water. But, we must remember that water is also found in fruits and vegetables as well. The fluid intake for our body is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. You may need more than eight glasses or might not even need that much. It all depends on individuals.
Fat Is Bad For Health
Everyone these days wants to be thin. So, how can fat be good? Does it have to be bad though? No! Fat happens to be one of the three main components that our body requires to survive. It is extremely important to include fat in your everyday diet. Without fat, the body cannot function properly. Generally, fat from plants and fish are supremely good for health. But, bad fat from animals and a few plants like coconut and palm should consist only 10% of your diet. And the fat in highly processed food should be avoided at all costs.
It is essential to eat right, but not without knowing the reasons behind them. If you have any doubts about certain food rules you follow or someone asks you to follow, check whether it is really relevant or not. Sometimes, it’s important to fact-check before following what everyone claims is healthy or unhealthy. Better bust those food myths!
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