The Internet has sadly become a place of misinformation than useful information. This goes true for the world of fitness nutrition as well. Lots of stupid myths are being propagated which can be useless, if not outright harmful. They only serve to rob people of their money, waste valuable time searching for the next best diet and inhibiting you from making your own healthy nutrition plan that will keep you lean and give you a lot more energy to last through the day.
In this article, we bust some of the most common myths about nutrition and present what scientific evidence says that you should do.
1. Eating high-fat dairy products is not healthy and can cause obesity
Mainstream media would have you believe that low-fat dairy products are healthy and high-fat ones are bad. On the contrary, recent research has proven low-fat dairy to have not a single one of the benefits whole-fat dairy has to offer, like reducing triglycerides, reducing overall caloric consumption and increasing insulin sensitivity. Additionally, those who consume whole-fat dairy products are more likely to be lean in comparison to those who only eat low-fat products.
2. You cannot digest more than 30 grams of protein in one meal
While it’s true that 20-30 grams of protein are the quantity that will most optimally stimulate protein synthesis, it doesn’t mean the body will throw the rest away. It will absorb it, and use it for lots of purposes, like building hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters and lots of other things. Anything extra will be transformed into glucose by your liver, which the body can then use as an energy fuel.
3. Eating foods containing lots of cholesterol increases cholesterol levels in your blood
Cholesterol found in the food you eat and cholesterol levels in your blood, mostly connected to heart disease aren’t the same thing. Cholesterol in your blood is made from cholesterol produced in the liver and it possesses auto-regulation, meaning if the levels in the blood rise, a lesser amount will be created. Consumption of foods rich in cholesterol is very slightly influenced by dietary cholesterol. If you want to have healthy levels, you should always strive to eat a balanced diet and exercise more.
4. Only egg whites should be consumed instead of the whole egg
Even though egg whites are one of the richest sources of protein, you shouldn’t dispense with the yolk. The yolk is rich in antioxidants that can help you lower inflammation in your body. It also contains fat-soluble vitamins like D, A and K which are essential to having healthy bones. That’s why you should throw away the yolks. These are no scientific research that says that eating yolk will increase cholesterol blood levels or increase the risk of a heart disease.
5. Drinking juices made of veggies and fruits is the same as eating them.
Everyone involved with the juice business will tell you that drinking juice is a perfectly healthy alternative for those who don’t want to prepare and eat whole products. It’s quite the opposite actually. People who drink their fruits and veggies instead of eating them have an increased risk of developing diabetes. Nutritionists believe this is due to the fact the juice does not have enough fiber and the sugar in it causes a spike in blood sugar levels, which can alter sensitivity to insulin in the long-term.
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