Despite the many advancements that science has witnessed, old myths about nutrition don’t seem to go away. They bounce around through word of mouth, through e-mail chains or message services and at times fueling the sale of the many diet books sold in the market today. And some of these myths are so common and accepted that its feels as though they have been hardwired into our brain. For instance, teenage girls constantly steer clear of chocolate because they supposedly caused acne problems. Now which teenage girl would willingly subject herself to acne? But scientific studies unequivocally prove that skin problems and chocolates are not connected and some kind of chocolates even does well to you!
Here are some commonly encountered nutrition myths and the scientific reasoning behind them.
Added Sugar Is Bad
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Sugar is an essential ingredient in the kitchen as well as for your body. It is useful in balancing the taste of healthy food that might not taste as good on its own. Our body metabolizes all kinds of sugar similarly. For example, even the ‘natural’ honey is basically a kind of refined sugar only and the human body metabolizes all sugar components the same way – 4 calories for one gram. Added sugar has been demonstrated to constitute of only ten percent of your total calorie content.
Eggs Increase Your Body Cholestrol Level
Egg yolk does contain a considerable amount of cholesterol (One large egg contain 211 milligrams cholesterol approximately). For most of us, the cholesterol we consume, be it from eggs or through other food, do not impact the cholesterol level in our blood drastically. Our body produces lesser cholesterol to maintain the balance. On the other hand, saturated and transfat are bad for the body and eggs contain very small amounts of saturated fat. Therefore, eggs do not damage your heart or cause diseases but instead are a good source of vitamins and minerals.
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Fried Food Is Always Unhealthy
It would not be an oxymoron if one said ‘healthy deep fried’ food. This doesn’t mean chicken nuggets or French fries are healthy. They are unhealthy as they contain calories worth a day’s meal. But if taken occasionally and prepared at home, fried foods can also find a place in the healthy food category on your table. Here’s the trick – heat the oil to the correct temperature, because low heat tends to make the ingredient absorb more oil. Also, use oils low on cholesterol and saturated fat to keep the calorie content as low as possible.
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Carbohydrates Make You Fat
Contrary to what is widely believed about low carb/no carb diet, carbohydrates do not contain anything that is inherently fattening. Of course, food items like pasta, doughnuts and white bread with sugary or refined high carbohydrate content cause heart problems and other disorders, one should not miss out on good carbohydrate sources like whole grains, fruits and vegetables that act as your body’s fuel and contain vital nutrients and fiber.
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