Most every day, new research is making us aware of a wide range of food myths, and this is changing the way that we eat. Here are some of those food myths debunked, with some new facts that you should be aware of:
- Eating Fatty Foods Makes You Fat
Love those oily, greasy foods or just can’t stop yourself eating that tasty strip of fat on your steak, chicken skin or bacon fat? Who doesn’t do this? Don’t worry though, it isn’t going to make you fat unless you make a habit of eating these types of foods all the time, or really overindulge when you do. The processed fats are the main culprits here.
On the other hand, don’t load up on sweet things instead of the fatty foods. Sugar has now been found to be the worst thing for weight gain. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any consequences for tucking into those fatty foods. Your body will struggle due to the high cholesterol, and heart disease results as well. These are primarily caused by a diet high in fatty foods.
Chocoholics will be happy to know that chocolate does not cause acne, pimples or other skin related problems. In fact, chocolate can be good for your health. Everybody, YEAH! However, the sugar and fat contained in most types of chocolate bars are what does the damage, so you haven’t found the guilt-free food yet!
When choosing your chocolate, try to stick to dark chocolate or bars that have a high cocoa content. They contain less sugar and milk and are therefore healthier. As ever though, moderation is the key.
- Dairy Products Make You Fat
In the 90’s we were told that drinking milk and eating dairy products will make you fat. While there is some substance behind this myth, when eaten in moderation, dairy foods will provide you with essential calcium and protein. Some dairy products such as yogurt really are good for you, and help promote digestive health.
- Eating More Often Is Healthier
Eating more meals throughout the day isn’t necessarily better for you than eating 3 main meals throughout the day. I tried the smaller meals and more regular snacks, but it just meant I ate more, as pretty soon it was back to the regular size meals, but still with the snacks in between. So the overall result was increased calorie intake and a bit of a weight gain. I don’t think I needed to lose much, but this good plan backfired and I ended up gaining, not losing.
It may also not increase your metabolic rate (the rate at which your body breaks down food) as it is supposed to do. Each of us have different metabolic rates and eating more often could have a negative impact on your health and weight. However, it is important never to miss your breakfast, have balanced meals (and don’t say fries with your burger, I mean different food groups like meat, vegetables, grains, etc) and get some exercise to improve your circulation and metabolism.
- Eating More Fruit Will Help You Lose Weight
While raw fruit is healthier for you than eating other types of sugary, sweet processed snacks, you may not actually lose weight by doing this. Some types of fruit are high in fructose which is a type of sugar. This is not great if you eat too much, as the sugar will in fact contribute to weight gain.
Fruit juice is delicious and refreshing, but it is really high in fructose, and contains none of the fiber that is so good for digestion that you get from eating the fruit in its natural state. Try to find fruits like bananas, which are low in fructose, berries, which are high in antioxidants. Don’t overindulge though. Between 3 and 6 servings of fruit a day should be enough to get the right amount of fiber and nutritional value without having to deal with the associated weight gain.