Debunking Common Nutrition Myths

Nutrition myths

Nutrition myths

Among the sea of nutrition information is a tide of inaccuracies. Although these nutrition myths are likely here to stay, you must educate yourself by separating fact from fiction regarding nutrition. This can help you feel more empowered to develop a nutritious and sustainable dietary pattern that works for your individual needs. Here are some nutritional myths to debunk.

You Shouldn’t Eat Anything After 7pm

White potatoes are unhealthy

White potatoes are unhealthy

While late-night snacking can lead to weight gain or prevent weight loss, you should know that this is not because of the time on the clock; instead, it is about why you are eating. It is common to reach for food in the evening for reasons other than physical hunger. It could be a habit, or due to boredom, or a craving.

White Potatoes Are Unhealthy

White potatoes are unhealthy

White potatoes are avoided by many people wanting to lose weight or improve their overall health, as it is often labelled as “unhealthy” by those in the nutrition world. Eating too much white potatoes can lead to weight gain, but this is also true with every other food. These starchy tubers are highly nutritious and can be part of a healthy diet. They are excellent sources of many nutrients, including potassium, vitamin C, and fibre. Plus, they’re more filling than other carb sources like rice and pasta and can help you feel more satisfied after meals. Just remember to enjoy potatoes baked or roasted, not fried.

Calcium Supplements Are Necessary For Bone Health

Calcium supplements are necessary for bone health

Many people are told that calcium supplements will keep their skeletal system healthy. Current research has, however, shown that supplementing with calcium may do more harm than good. Studies, for example, have linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart disease. Research also shows they don’t reduce the risk of fracture or osteoporosis. So, it’s best to focus on dietary sources of calcium, like full-fat yoghurt, sardines, beans, and seeds, if you are concerned about your calcium intake.

Red Meat Is Bad For You

Red meat causes cancer

Have you ever heard the common statement, “Red meat causes cancer?” Absolute statements are why we have so many nutrition myths. Cancer is particularly difficult to discuss in absolutes. After all, almost everything we eat has the potential to be associated with cancer development.

Going Vegan Can Help You Lose Weight

Going vegan can help you loose weight

Maybe, but that will depend on your diet in the first place. If you eat a terrible omnivorous diet, switching to a plant-based diet will typically mean you are more conscious of your food choices. However, a vegan diet is not necessarily synonymous with weight loss.

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