Top Health Myths that are Absolutely Wrong

Ross Quade | Health | 22 Sep, 2015 | No Comments

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There are many myths about health, how to lose weight, and nutrition that tend to circle around the mainstream sphere. There is at least one myth for every food that claims that it makes you fat, and you do not even want to get started on all the gluten-free myths out there. Here is a list of some of the most common health myths, which you can use to shape your eating habits.

MSG is Bad

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) has gotten an incredibly bad rap over the past few years. In fact, many US citizens think that MSG causes cancer or other serious health issues, but the truth is MSG has no part in causing any dietary problems or major health concerns. Instead, the real problem tends to stem from where MSG is found, which, in general, is in extremely processed foods. MSG is often blamed for being the cause of obesity; nevertheless, this arises from MSG being directly injected into the brains of mice that subsequently became obese. Those who binge at Chinese food restaurants also support this claim against MSG.

Gluten-Free Food is Good For You

The gluten-free fad hit the US and has since taken hold of many people’s idea of what healthy is. The reality is that you will only benefit from eating gluten-free, food items if your body’s needs call for it. Although some people do find it beneficial to eat gluten-free even without being celiac, this is not the case for many. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that just because a food product is gluten-free does in no way make it healthier. In fact, plenty of gluten-free baked goods and breads are made using refined starches, which is not healthy at all.

Microwaves Kill Food’s Nutrients

Although microwaves do in fact kill off some nutrient in food, it leaves most intact. In fact, it is not microwaves that should be singled out as having a significant impact on the nutritional content of food, but instead any heating method in general. This means that if you can, eating raw veggies is much more beneficial than cooked ones. However, many people still avoid microwaves for the off-putting texture it creates in many foods, which is often reason enough.

Burn 3,500 Calories, Loose a Pound of Fat

Wouldn’t it be great if losing weight were as easy as counting calories? Unfortunately, losing fat is much more complicated than that. Although it is true that there is 3,500kcal in a pound of fat, it is more accurate to say that you lose a pound of fat when there is between a 2,000 and 5,000-calorie deficit created by your workout and eating habits. It is also worthy to note that just because you lose a pound does not mean it came all from fat. Instead, it is usually a combination of fat, water, and other body tissue.

Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day

The concept of eating a bunch of small meals throughout the day to help you lose weight by keeping your metabolism up is a full-blown myth. Although eating does increase your metabolism ever so slightly, it is the total amount of food eaten that determines your energy use not the number of meals. One controlled study found that a group that ate many small meals and another who ate the same amount of food in larger meals lost the same amount of weight.

Sugar is Unhealthy Due to Empty Calories

Many people think that sugar is unhealthy because it is just empty calories. Although sugar is devoid of any essential nutrients, this is not what makes it bad for you. Instead, sugar is bad for you because of the high amounts of high fructose content, which directly affects your metabolism and causes metabolic disease. Fructose is metabolized by the liver and turned into fat, which then enters the bloodstream as VLDL particles. This causes high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and resistance to leptin and insulin, which is the leading cause of obesity.

Carbs Make You Fat

Within the past ten years, there have been dozens of fad diets that cut out carbs altogether, which claim to promote rapid fat loss. However, cutting carbs from your diet will not make you lose weight. Instead, the key is to find a healthy balance. Although it is an incredibly popular myth to blame all of your weight issues on too many carbs, this is only one piece of the puzzle. You must realize that de novo lipogenesis (DNL), which is what converts sugar to fat, is actually a very inefficient process in the human body. Instead, eating too many carbs combined with a lack of exercise and a poor diet is to blame. In truth, you only gain weight when you eat more calories than you burn off, no matter the type of calorie.

Vegetable and Omega-6 Seed Oils Are Healthful

Many think that polyunsaturated fats are healthy as there are studies that show that they decrease your risk of contracting heart disease. However, there are dozens of different polyunsaturated fats, and they are all made up of various components. However, the most important distinction to make is that Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids are two different things. While both are needed to a certain extent, if you consume too much Omega-6 it can cause tremendous dietary issues. The most common form of this acid is in vegetable oils like corn, sunflower, and soybean, and consuming too much can cause heart disease.

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