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Jun 13 2009

Nutrition Myths

When it comes to nutrition, there is a plethora of information out there. Whether you subscribe to magazines, read the daily updates of what’s good for you and what’s not in the newspaper, or just do a simple search online, you’ll find tons of nutrition information. But just like any other vast amounts of info, the more there is, the more conflicting theories there seem to be too. Nutrition is something that carries a lot of myths and just so you’ll know what to look for and what to watch out for, here are some top nutrition myths debunked!

Sugar will Cause Diabetes
Too much sugar can be dangerous for diabetics and a registered dietician is needed to help keep diabetics on track with their diet and blood sugars. However, those who are not suffering from diabetes cannot contract it simply by eating sugar. Diabetes is a disease that’s caused by many things but mostly, it’s a diet that’s too high in calories and a lifestyle that’s too deficient in exercise and being active. Sugar alone cannot cause diabetes.

All Fats are Bad
This is a myth that more and more people are beginning to understand is actually just a myth. Many fats actually have many benefits for us and fat is something that we all need to survive. When it comes to our diet, the trick is to replace bad fats such as saturated and trans fats) with good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.)

Brown Sugar is Better for you than White Sugar
Maybe it’s because we associate brown bread with healthy bread or brown rice with healthy rice. But the idea that brown sugar is better for you than white sugar is simply absurd! Wanna know the secret? Brown sugar is simply white refined sugar that’s had small amounts of molasses added to it. So it will have very, very few more minerals and nutrients but not enough for you to do away with your white sugar completely!

Brown eggs are Better for you than White Eggs
Just like all the other brown vs. white debates, this one is a nutrition myth too. Egg colour does not determine the thickness of a shell, the flavour, or the nutritional component of the egg. Eggs are white or brown depending on the breed of the hen.

Reducing carbohydrates can help you lose weight.
We’ve all run into a dieter at some point or other that has banished all carbs in an effort to lose weight. The only problem is that it doesn’t work! We need carbs to provide us with a source of energy and because they also fill many of our other nutrient needs. But the reason why low-carb diets work is because they are also low-calorie. And the only way to lose weight is to reduce your calories, not your carbs!

Skipping meals will help you lose weight.
This is another myth that’s truth is becoming more commonly known. It may make sense that foregoing meals will lower your calorie intake and therefore, help you lose weight. However, when you skip eating your body thinks that it’s starving and so, to keep energy reserves up, it will slow down metabolism. This not only helps your body hold onto weight but it will also cause you to overeat at your next meal and subsequently, gain weight.

Red Meat is Bad for You
Many people avoid red meat for different reasons. Some think it will cause cancer, while others think that it has a higher fat content than other meat. What many don’t know however is that beef has the same amount of saturated fat that chicken and pork do when the skin is left on. To decrease the amount of saturated fat that you obtain from red meat, simply choose lower-fat cuts such as eye of round, top round roast, tenderloins, and loin chops.

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