Ready to bust some nutrition myths? Click the linked words below to discover the facts, not the fiction.
- Flax seeds are healthy and everyone can benefit by eating them.
- It’s healthy to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
- Cholesterol-rich foods should be avoided.
- Butter is bad for you.
- Lard is bad for you.
- Saturated fat is the “bad fat” and should be avoided.
- Nuts and seeds are a good source of omega-3.
- Red meat is bad for us, and bad for the earth.
- Calcium supplements make strong bones.
- Fiber foods and supplements encourage regularity.
- Heartburn results from excessive stomach acid production.
- Protein powders are a helpful nutrition supplement.
- Soy milk makes a healthy alternative to milk.
- Raw milk presents dangerous risks.
- A vegan diet is the healthiest diet.
- Vegetable oils like canola oil make good cooking oil options.
- Diabetics (and everyone else, while we’re at it) should eat whole grains and low fat foods.
- Don’t salt your food.
- Carrots are a good source of vitamin A.
- Health is an equation of calories in and calories out.
Any other nutrition myths you’d add to the list?
If you are one of those health seeking people with a fitness goal set in mind which may be weight loss, Mass gaining , Endurance etc. Calorie bound to become the center of concern for you. A general route of action for such people are to get there calorie count right, For an average person cutting 400 calories or increasing 800 calories from the recommended calorie limit for your age could easily get you to your Fitness Goal, But its not that simple.
I totally agree! I am currently taking a college class on Healthful living and we are now discussing nutrition. I’m like, coconut oil is not bad for you, low fat should not be a thing, and no, canola oil is not healthy!
In one of the linked articles discussing protein powder, it is said that MSG is carcinogenic. As with all of these topics, it is pretty difficult to determine an answer when you can find so many conflicting accounts. I’m not a food scientist, but I have read articles from several (Harold McGee is the only name coming to mind) which insist that MSG is not carcinogenic. (Or, at least, that there is no scientific evidence to support the conclusion.) Unless this is being contested academically, I would think maybe “MSG = carcinogenic” could be myth #21 for this list. If this is incorrect, I would love to read why. Either way, great article and thanks for compiling this.
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