Although nutritional science has escalated quite a lot, there are still certain nutritional fads that are floating around. Before we set out on a healthy journey, it's important that we bust these myths. Here are top 8 health myths that need to be busted right away:
Myth 1: Eggs are bad for your heart.
Fact: Yes, eggs contain a certain amount of cholesterol and cholesterol is the fatty stuff in your blood. But, saying that eggs are bad for your heart is taking it a little too far. For most of us, the eggs we consume as a part of our daily diet isn't enough to cause a spike in the cholesterol levels in our blood. The chief troublemakers are saturated and the trans-fat. But of course, even eggs have to be consumed in a limited quantity.
Myth 2: Low-fat foods are healthy because they have fewer calories and saturated fat.
Fact: The processed low-fat foods are incredibly high in sugar content and that’s what makes them taste good. The fat content is extremely low but the high content of sugar makes it all the more harmful.
Myth 3: Losing weight is all about willpower.
Fact: Well whoever is telling you this is living in denial. Your body is an extremely complex biological mechanism with a lot of functions played by hormones that are regulated according to what and when you eat. The bottom line being, losing weight depends on a lot of scientific and biological conditions rather than just willpower.
Myth 4: Low-carb diets are dangerous.
Fact: The common myth is that low-carb diets clog your arteries and increase the risk of heart diseases. But, that's definitely not the case. Low carb diets help lose weight really fast and at the same time lower the risk factors for a lot of diseases.
Myth 5: Whole wheat is very healthy and should be a part of a balanced diet.
Fact: According to research, modern wheat, due to genetic tampering can actually be more harmful than helpful. Not only is it less nutritious but also can cause symptoms like tiredness, bloating, fatigue and an irritable bowel syndrome.
Myth 6: Multiple small meals throughout the day boost metabolism.
Fact: Eating frequently can certainly be beneficial for people who get hungry really fast but apart from that the 'fast calorie burning' is a myth. Research shows that people who eat 2-3 meals a day burn the same number of calories with 5-6 meals per day, given that the activity level is the same.
Myth 7: A high-protein diet increases the risk of kidney disease.
Fact: Studies show that a higher protein intake can reduce blood pressure and fight type 2 diabetes. This greatly reduces the chance of kidney diseases.
Myth 8: Full-fat dairy products are high in saturated fat and calories.
Fact: Full-fat dairy products definitely do not have saturated fat and in fact, reduce the risk of obesity. In countries, where cows are fed with grass, full-fat diary actually leads to lower risk of obesity and heart diseases.