Don’t Believe the Hype: 7 Food Myths to Avoid

Don’t Believe the Hype: 7 Food Myths to Avoid

divini rae food mythsIf you’re trying to get healthy or slim down, you’ve probably been doing a little research – surfing the web, reading blogs and talking to friends with the same goals. Unfortunately, unless you’re talking to someone that studies nutrition you’re probably being fed a lot of incorrect information.

I’m here to clear the air.

I’ve gathered some of the most common food myths I’ve heard, and I’ve debunked them. See if you’ve heard any of these:

  • Cooking olive oil kills its health benefits. This one has become popular in recent years, and it’s making people turn away from using completely healthy, nutritious oils in their diets (the healthy fats we all need). Heat doesn’t, in fact, destroy the monounsaturated fats in olive oils, nor does it make it unhealthy to consume. Just don’t heat it past its smoking point (405 degrees), and you’re good to go.
  • A juice cleanse can detox your body. You hear about these “detoxes” and “cleanses” all the time – especially if you stay current on Hollywood news. The truth is, though, these strategies aren’t proven to do anything at all. There’s no scientific evidence that they can flush out toxins or help you lose weight in any way.
  • Some foods have negative calories. Hah – wouldn’t this be great? Unfortunately, it’s completely false (and this includes celery.) Sure there are foods that are healthier than others, but everything you consume is turned into energy in your body, therefore, it contains calories.
  • You should never eat at night. You’ve heard that if you eat right before bed, you’ll gain weight, right? Well, this is one of the oldest fables around. All that truly matters is the total amount of calories you take in – not when you eat them or when you go to bed. You just need to aim for a deficit of calories in vs. calories out, if you want to lose weight.
  • You should eat several small meals throughout the day. A common myth is that if you eat many small meals throughout the day, you’ll keep your metabolism rate higher. Studies actually show this has no effect on your body’s ability to burn calories at all. In fact, intermittent fasting may actually be a better route to go.
  • “Whole wheat’ is healthy. Even wheat that’s labeled “whole” is still super processed and refined, and it can increase your cholesterol, lead to inflammation and cause digestive problems. Read more about the dangers of wheat in this post.
  • A calorie is a calorie. A calorie from a donut is not equal to a calorie from a piece of broccoli or a bowl of spinach. One of these gives your body important nutrients and minerals that it can use, and the other is hard to break down, devoid of vitamins, causes inflammation and just turns to waste. Calories are definitely not created equally.

Had you heard any of these myths before? Hopefully, I’ve helped clear the air and made your health journey just a little bit easier. Always be sure you’re getting your information from health and nutrition experts, and don’t follow any advice blindly. Do your own research!

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