Top 10 Myths About Health

There is now more information about health than ever before. Unfortunately, not all of it is accurate. Some advice regarding diet, nutrition, exercise and other health related topics can do more harm than good. Let’s look at 10 of the biggest myths about health.


Diet Soda is Good For You

1. Just because diet soda contains fewer calories than regular soda doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In fact, recent studies connect diet soda with some serious health problems. Many artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks, such as aspartame, may actually increase your appetite and cause you to consume more calories.

Doing Hundreds of Sit-Ups or Crunches Will Give You Great Abs

2. Doing lot of crunches or sit-ups -or working out for hours on ab machines- will not give you well defined abdominal muscles if you need to lose fat. For this, you have to restrict calories and do a variety of exercises for the whole body. You should include abs exercises but not focus on these at the expense of other muscle groups.

You Can Make Up For Lost Sleep

3. The idea that you can make up for a lack of sleep by sleeping longer on the weekend is a myth. Not getting enough sleep has many health risks, and getting more sleep at a later time does not make up for it.

All Saturated Fat is Unhealthy

4. While saturated fat, which is found in animal products, is often labeled unhealthy, it’s actually beneficial in moderate quantities. The source of the saturated fat also matters -organic or grass fed animal products are much healthier than those that contain antibiotics and fillers.

Low Fat or Non-Fat Foods Are Healthy

5. Many diet foods and those marked low fat or non fat are full of unhealthy ingredients. Some fats are actually healthy, so restricting all fats in your diet can actually cause nutritional deficiencies.

Foods Labelled “Natural” Are Good For You

6. While the word “natural” sounds healthy, it means very little on product labels or ads. There are few restrictions on what companies can call natural, so an “all natural” product may be full of sugar and contain many potentially unhealthy ingredients.

Sugar is Healthier Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

7. Nowadays many products boast that they contain “no high fructose corn syrup.” The truth is, HFCS is practically identical to sucrose (regular table sugar) chemically. There is no evidence that one is better or worse than the other, so if you’re trying to cut back on sweets or calories you should limit both.

Coffee is Unhealthy

8. While drinking coffee excessively can cause problems such as anxiety or insomnia, moderate consumption may actually be good for you. There is no evidence linking coffee to serious health problems, and recent studies suggest that people who drink coffee have a lower risk of death from certain types of cancer.

Soy is a Healthy Meat Substitute

9. There is evidence that eating large quantities of soy can have significant health risks. Soy can, for example, increase estrogen levels in the body. This is of particular concern to men, but even in women it can cause estrogen levels that are higher than normal. The traditional Asian diet contains small amounts of soy products and these are mostly fermented (e.g. soy, miso, tempeh).

Being Thin is Healthier Than Being Fat

10. While obesity carries some definite health risks, being slightly overweight may actually be healthier than begin underweight. There are many factors that determine one’s overall state of health, and this also includes the type of fat you have. A little extra weight, however, does not necessarily mean someone is unhealthy.

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