During the course of our lives, we have all been warned by a well-meaning family member or friend to avoid certain foods. As a result, ideas about these foods spread and become accepted. However, with scientific development, we are now able to assess whether such claims hold any truth.
Here are five food myths that have now been debunked:
Myth #1: Carbohydrates Are Unnecessary
The body requires carbs to function. They serve as an energy source. In order to stay healthy, carbohydrates need to be an important part of the diet as most foods containing carbs also contain other essential nutrients such as fiber and glucose that a healthy body cannot go without. Carbohydrates are also important in maintaining the health and functionality of all the organs. The brain, heart and kidneys along with the central nervous system run on carbs. In fact, the body is constantly in need of carbs, so it stores them in the liver and muscles.
Myth #2: Organic = Healthy
Despite being a popular trend, organic food has not been proven to improve health. Recent developments in science have depicted a lack of data that correlates better health with organic food. In fact, an array of other factors, mainly the genetic composition of the food item, has been identified to be responsible for how healthy a food item may be. Although organic farming might be beneficial to the land where it is farmed, there needs to be more evidence before it can be concluded that organic food is healthier for human beings. Besides, organic food can be extremely expensive and quite hard to come by.
Furthermore, more and more products are coming up with the “all natural” label without any proper verification, which makes it harder to even find genuine organic food.
Myth #3: Skipping Meal Results in Weight Loss
Although fasting for short periods of time and eating less has shown positive results, they are not long term. In fact, skipping meals is believed to have the opposite effect on the body. As the body is receiving fewer nutrients now, the metabolism slows down to conserve them, causing weight gain in the long run. Thus, if you are looking to lose weight for good, create a diet plan for yourself in which you can remain healthy and speed up your metabolism to lose weight.
Moreover, studies have shown that skipping meals, especially breakfast, can heighten the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Depriving your body of nutrients that it requires can also cause fatigue, weak cognitive activity and other health issues.
Myth #4: Eggs Are Terrible for Cholesterol
Eggs contain a lot of protein and iron. They also have dietary cholesterol. However, when compared with the overall effects of trans and saturated fats, the effect of eggs on blood cholesterol levels is quite minimal. This is because research has shown that most of the body’s cholesterol comes from the liver (the trans and saturated fats).
In fact, further developments have also shown that people who regularly eat eggs are not gambling with their health by increasing the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Additionally, eggs have omega-three fatty acids that help prevent strokes.
Myth #5: Chocolate Is Bad
When people refer to how unhealthy chocolate can be, it would be more accurate to say that it is the sugar present in the chocolate that is harmful. The bean from which chocolate is made (cacao) has flavonoids in it that aid in fighting inflammation. The darker the color of the chocolate, the higher the concentration of flavonoids, which means that consuming dark chocolate from time to time can actually be beneficial. Research substantiates this claim and suggests that women who eat a little bit of dark chocolate every three to four months can ward off heart failure.