4 Really Persistent Food Myths

It seems that when old, enduring food myths are revealed as false, more myths crop up almost instantly. In fact, it appears that there is no shortage of these myths around us.


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Many shape the way we interact with the world, attempt to eat a healthy diet, or cause us to forgo simple activities or tasks for fears about our health. Listed below are more food myths that modern science and common sense have proved false. Hopefully understanding why will save you time, energy, and money in the future.

1 Skipping a Meal Will Cause Your Metabolism to Crash

This one has actually been repeated almost on loop by doctors, nutritionists, and weight loss experts. The common wisdom is that if you skip a meal, your metabolism will be sent into a tail span and you will enter “starvation mode”.

In reality, missing a single meal won’t cause a noticeable change in your metabolic rate. It will cause your blood sugar to plummet and make you overeat significantly at your next meal because your body will think that it is hungrier than it really is. It actually takes a two week, low calorie diet for your metabolic rate to shift.

2 Eat Tons of Protein to Build Muscle

This myth is the reason that every body builder attempts to ingest 300g of protein a day, and it is the catalyst for the multi-million dollar protein powder industry. In reality, you need two things in order to build muscle mass. The two things to build muscle mass are resistance exercises and excess caloric intake.

Protein is certainly an important component, but if you simply eat the necessary additional calories from whole, nutritious foods, then the result will be the same. Ingesting more than a gram of protein per pound of body weight can actually be harmful to your digestive system in the long run.

3 Salt is the Enemy

Salt enjoyed a long period of being under the nutritional radar, followed by a few years where it was blamed for everything from hypertension to heart disease. While individuals with high blood pressure have good medical reasons to monitor their sodium intake, those of us who have normal blood pressure have no real need to do so.

While the RDA should be adhered to as a rule of thumb, exceeding it (even chronically) will not necessarily lead to immediate, catastrophic effects. Salt actually plays a number of vital roles in the human body.

4 Never Freeze Coffee

Contrary to popular belief, coffee is not a very stable item. The oils on the surface of the beans (that give it its trademark flavor) spoil quickly when exposed to just about anything. The beans themselves are also highly porous, and anything that touches them may be absorbed quickly.

Freezing it may affect the flavor, but it won’t cause any health problems. It can also be frozen properly. Avoid grinding the beans, and package it in an airtight container. Only remove it when you are ready to use or consume all of it. Do not repeatedly take it out and then attempt to refreeze it.

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