Chances are you may be predicating at least part of your diet and workout routines on knowledge that is less than factual. Don’t worry; you’re far from the only one.
In a world where we expect science has found an answer for everything and the internet can illuminate knowledge on any subject, no matter how obscure, we tend to believe far too much of what we hear. Unfortunately, this leads to potent myths about your health or diet quickly going from speculation to dogma.
Fortunately, however, the same nutritional science in which we trust in the first place is there to rescue us from the clutches of falsehood. Discussed below are more health and food myths that have been around for far too long.
Frozen Fruit and Vegetables are Not as Healthy
This myth is most commonly espoused by those who refuse to buy anything but “fresh” produce. Unfortunately, it is very likely that what they are eating is less nutritious than what they can buy from the frozen aisle. Frozen fruits, berries, and vegetables are frozen at the peak of their freshness (when they are most nutritious), thus sealing in the vitamins and phytonutrients.
Much of the produce that you are buying unfrozen is actually sold out of season, meaning it is transported from a land far away where the climate actually allows it to grow. During this transport process, it may lose a significant portion of its nutritional potency.
Multigrain Bread is the Best
Every day, people give up white flour bread for multigrain bread thinking they’re making the best move for their health. Yet multigrain does not necessarily mean that it is “whole grain”, but rather that there are simply a lot of different grains in the bread. Food manufacturers love this because you still get most of the taste of white bread whilst thinking you’re eating healthy.
Ideally, you want whole grain bread that has at least 3g of fiber per serving. It’ll help keep you full, avoid spiking your blood sugar, and also aid you in losing weight. Multigrain bread is generally a good middle ground, but not the nutritional giant that many people seem to think it is.
Consuming Eggs will raise your Cholesterol
This is a myth that has been disproven quite some time ago, yet still stubbornly persists for some reason. In fact, quite a few people avoid eggs altogether for fear that they will drive their cholesterol through the roof. In reality, however, dietary cholesterol does very little to affect the cholesterol levels in your bloodstream.
Rather, saturated fats and trans-fats are the primary culprits. Eating these will drive your bad cholesterol skyward. Eggs, on the other hand, have very little effect (aside from their saturated fat content).
Instead of focusing on cholesterol levels in your food, simply cut your saturated fat intake and increase your fiber intake. The fiber actually helps balance your cholesterol levels and keep you protected against heart disease. Eat an egg (or two) a day. They’re actually great sources of protein.