Busting Myths Related To Food And General Health

● Eggs increase cholesterol.

The reality is that eggs barely have any impact on blood cholesterol levels.

● Microwave ovens cause cancer.

Microwaves heat your food: nothing more, nothing less.

● The most vital meal of the day is breakfast.

Skipping breakfast is acceptable.

● Chocolate leads to acne.

Chocolate, another wrongly criticized food, is frequently held responsible for many of the zits that high school students worldwide experience. In a study, 65 participants were given candy bars over the course of a month, some of which contained 10 times the usual amount of chocolate and others none at all. This was done to test the hypothesis. By the end of the investigation, researchers were unable to identify any appreciable rise in the prevalence of acne in either group.

● Knuckle cracking causes arthritis.

You might have heard that cracking knuckles often could lead to early arthritis. The ‘crack’ is merely the popping of bubbles in the substance known as synovial fluid that lubricates the hands. Although this practice does not induce arthritis, it does have some drawbacks because it can result in hand oedema and decreased grip strength.

● De-addiction is just a decision away.

There are countless books, shows and movies about addicts who reached rock bottom in life and then turned their lives around with just sheer willpower. These narratives, although a good watch or read, oversimplify a very complex process and portray addiction as a choice. They show that just as a person decided abuse various substances in the first place, he or she can also just decide to stop. But there are many more factors involved in rehabilitation. So the overall logic behind this is flawed.

● Energy drinks contain special ingredients to boost energy.

If you read the ingredient list on the can of any energy drink, you would realize that it’s the copious amount of caffeine present in them that gives you the energy or alertness that you desire when you consume them. A good old cup of coffee would just do the trick and cost you way lesser.

● Going out with wet hair leads to sickness.

This myth is alarmingly rational. You’ve just scrubbed yourself clean and with a head of cold, damp hair, you are more vulnerable than ever to bacteria and viruses in the outdoors.

● With the right workout equipment, you can burn 500 calories in half an hour

You might not want to believe the calorie-burning displays on the cardio equipment at your gym. Although an intense hour can help you burn roughly about 1,000 calories, the underlying science questions the validity of such quick outcomes. The calorie readout is frequently considerably too high because most machines are tuned for someone who weighs more than the average person. A 145-pound woman can burn around 130 calories walking at 3.5 mph or 345 calories jogging at 6 mph in 30 minutes. The other factor is that you will burn more calories if you have more muscle mass. You can be burning considerably more if you weigh 145 pounds and are slender.

● You need to exercise for at least an hour a day.

Although working out every day is not always possible or even advised, regular exercise offers many positive health effects. If you don’t have enough time for a thorough workout, it’s beneficial to just walk for 15 minutes a day. Also a day of relaxation is imperative to allow the body to heal.

● Bottled water is healthier than tap water.

Companies that sell bottled water may tout the health advantages of their product and conspiracy theorists may alert you to the government’s addition of fluoride to tap water. But the reality is that tap water in most places is fit for consumption. Municipal water is safe and has beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium. Hence, if it tastes well, it can be consumed straight from the tap.

● The best way to kickstart a diet change is with a detox.

Everyone has that one friend who brags about his or her week-long detox that involves simply drinking lemon juice and cayenne pepper or sticking to a liquid diet. While it seems like a good idea to get rid of pollutants in the body, especially after a long weekend of drinking, it’s unlikely to have many real health advantages. According to Julie Lohre, a qualified personal trainer and nutritionist, “Our kidneys and liver take care of clearing the toxins in our bodies, so unless you have problems with these organs, there is not going to be any type of major build up in our bodies.” The weight loss you notice within a few days is typically just from the loss of water, which is really the opposite of what you want to do for overall health, according to the majority of regiments used for a typical detox. They can also cause bowel problems like diarrhea. Instead she advises people to increase the amount of water they drink and the amount of veggies they eat.

● Feed a cold, starve a fever.

In relation to the flu, this proverb is false. Maintaining a regular diet to the best of your abilities is one of the best things to do during a fever, with rare exceptions. Though you may not feel like eating, your body needs extra calories when you are ill to heal properly and swiftly.

● Yoghurt is nutritious.

Yes, some yoghurts do contain beneficial bacteria that may have a favorable impact on your health. However, the packaged sweet yoghurt available in supermarkets is significantly high in sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, which negates any potential health advantages. Best is to have it plain.

● Packaged vegetable chips are healthy.

We all love munching on crunchy potato chips although we know that they aren’t doing us any good. However, now there are many brands that sell vegetable chips made from beets, zucchini and other veggies and claim that these are a healthy and guilt-free indulgence. What if we told you that they are equally unhealthy and loaded with salt and unsaturated fat?

● Canned food isn’t healthy.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are among the healthiest foods you can eat but canned food isn’t always bad either. In actuality, consuming meals in cans is a cheap and practical method to include more fruits, veggies and proteins in your diet. In particular, canned tomatoes have higher levels of lycopene than fresh or cooked tomatoes. Commercial canning increases the bioavailability of carotene in spinach and carrots and concentrates beta carotene in canned pumpkin. The canning process actually increases the absorption of the antioxidant lutein in corn. So there is nothing wrong with grabbing a can once in a while.

● Saturated fats directly lead to heart diseases.

There is a lot of debate on this in medical literature. Public health organizations have been warning people about the risk of saturated fats for decades but things took a turn for the worse in 2017 when a study declared that saturated fat did not, in fact, clog the arteries. The study also claimed that LDL cholesterol’s risk has been exaggerated. Since then, the scientific opinion has shifted and more study is being done on dietary fat and heart health. In the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the FDA still suggests reducing (but not entirely avoiding) saturated fat intake, and it’s a good idea to heed to this recommendation for your own safety.

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