11 Myths that Mainstream Nutrition wants you to Believe
Does a part of you feel like you’ve been lied to for most of your life when it comes to nutrition? You most likely don’t know what to believe, and as a result don’t know where to turn, to get the correct information about it. Perhaps your health has been adversely affected by some of the lies that mainstream nutritionists have had the audacity to spread about “healthy” food.
If this is the case, then there is no doubt you feel cheated. In the past you probably have eaten certain foods that you were led to believe was healthy for you, when in fact, they weren’t.
“How the hell are these people allowed to give out such information?” I asked myself this question, too. Who should we feel more frustrated at, the so-called “experts” or the big food companies just looking to make money out of unfortunate circumstances, such as sugar addiction.
Well instead of feeling frustrated, the best thing to do is educate your self more on the matter, and then some. Knowledge is not power, but knowledge implemented, is. The more we take action and put our well being first, we will be on a much happier earth, while not worrying about our waistlines.
Below are 11 of myths that have been ingrained into our western society about nutrition and how we should eat:
- Myth 1- intermittent fasting is not good for you
- Myth 2- Saturated fat is unhealthy
- Myth 3- Only eat the white of the egg- not the egg yolk
- Myth 4- Sugar replacements such as artificial sweeteners are safe
- Myth 5- Eat your whole grains
- Myth 6- A low-fat diet is healthy and safe way to lose weight
- Myth 7- Soy is a healthy alternative choice
- Myth 8- Use margarine instead of butter to be healthier
- Myth 9- amount of calories consumed matters most for weight loss and diet
- Myth 10- Buying organic food is pointless and a waste of money
- Myth 11- Processed meat is ok to eat as part of a balanced diet
Myth 1- intermittent fasting is not good for you
In recent times there has been a good amount of research claiming and supporting the benefits of intermittent fasting. Some of these benefits include:
- Turn you into an efficient fat burner
- Boost the production of your human growth hormone, also known as the fitness hormone
- Can improve metabolic risk markers
- Produce weight loss
- Effective in reducing insulin resistance
- Reduce inflammation
- Improves blood pressure
- Increased lean body mass
- Can improve brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, which is a protein that protects the brain cells from changes connected with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
If you are thinking that intermittent fasting would be way to difficult for you, think again. There are lots of different methods of doing this. Just find the one that works best for you. So it may take some trial and error in order to get the hang of it and improve your overall health, but doesn’t almost everything worth having?
One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply skip breakfast. I know you are probably in shock now, remembering all those times throughout your life when you were told it was the most important meal of the day, well- wrong. It’s best that you give your body a break so that it is able to take the time to clear out the waste product that is within it, so you can stay being and feeling fit and healthy. We must work with our bodies, not against them.
Myth 2- Saturated fat is unhealthy
The massively incorrect myth that so much of the population believes is that saturated fat is one of the leading causes of heart disease. This is an unproven theory. In fact not only is it unproven, but prospective epidemiological studies have been conducted and assessed, with their results showing that there is NO association between heart disease and saturated fat.
So where did we get this myth from? Well, it again came from many nutritional “experts” and political decisions that did not benefit the people they were supposed to in any way, again. The reality is that not only is saturated fat not correlated with heart disease, but also it is also good for you.
Saturated fats from vegetable and animal sources are able to provide building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones like substances and hormones. Without these, your body will not be able to function how it should. It also has important fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. So when it comes to foods such as meat and coconut oil, there is absolutely no reason why you should not eat and enjoy them.
Myth 3- Only eat the white of the egg- not the egg yolk
Sometimes these myths are incredibly shocking. How can anyone get away with demonizing eggs? For so long now we have been made to believe that they are somewhat unhealthy, to the point that we have been given a recommendation of limiting the amount we consume to 4-6 a week.
They were in fact considered to increase heart disease, and that was the vital reason for the recommendation. But this is slowly beginning to be seen as a myth as no evidence suggests it. We were initially led to believe that eating egg yolk increases the levels of cholesterol in our bodies.
They are actually one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. One egg contains all 9 amino acids and 6 grams of high-quality protein. They are also good for our eyes because they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants found in the lens and retina of the eyes. These help protect our eyes from free radical damage. They also minerals and vitamins such as contain calcium, iron, niacin, biotin, sodium, vitamin A, just to name a few.
Myth 4- Sugar replacements such as artificial sweeteners are safe
A lot of people currently believe that if they use artificial sweeteners as a sugar replacement, it will lead to them both losing weight and being healthier. This is incorrect. In fact, nearly all of the studies have shown that the people who use artificial sweeteners go on to gain more weight, compared to those who use caloric sweeteners.
Studies have also shown that artificial sweeteners are even worse for diabetics. This is ironic because one of the main reason diabetic people take them is to avoid sugar. They have also been known to increase hunger. Of course, the companies who are selling you the diet drinks are not making you aware of this. In fact, they are just continuing to produce even more similar products and stocking them in the supermarkets.
This low-calorie diet craze is not sustainable. We need calories throughout the day. And let’s be honest, if we use are common sense and have a think about the process, it so obvious that chemicals will be placed into these products that will do nothing but harm our bodies. In fact, all these artificial sweeteners do is override the brains sweetness receptors and fool us into thinking what ever we are drinking tastes good and sweet. Perhaps even making us want more. It’s all a game of trickery, and not one for our benefit.
Myth 5- Eat your whole grains
Grains are very low in nutrients, especially when compared to other types of foods, such as vegetables. You’re probably confused right now, and that would be no surprise because it is an easy topic to get confused about. This is because for a long time we were told the fiber in whole grains were highly beneficial.
However the amount of gluten that is in the grains can make them seriously dangerous to one’s health. Especially since lots of people have gluten sensitivity, while others are just allergic to it. Some of the adverse reactions to this are rashes on the skin.
Grains also raise insulin levels, and with 85% of Americans having trouble controlling these, then this type of food is obviously not a good match for the majority of Americans today.
Grains also contain a substance called physic acid, which binds essential minerals in the intestine, and thus preventing them from being absorbed. So even if you are eating lots of vegetables, and feel you may be able to afford grains in your diet because of that well think again, as it may be counterintuitive.
Myth 6- A low-fat diet is healthy and safe way to lose weight
Who hasn’t heard of the low-fat diet? No one that’s from the West, that’s for sure. The low-fat diet means that we should ideally be eating 50%-60% carbs, which is just madness, and it is madness because it doesn’t make sense. It is simply too many grains and sugar, and not enough foods that contain good fats, such as eggs and meat.
However, if you have been on such a diet and it’s working well for you, then that’s ok. But for the majority of people, it does not. Especially for those who have diabetes or some sort of metabolic syndrome. In fact for them, it can be downright dangerous, and even life-threatening in the long term.
This type of diet has most likely already harmed so many peoples health already. They are probably in a situation where they feel they are doing everything correctly, eating all the “healthy” whole grains and low-fat foods recommended, but are still over weight. The reason for this is because the primary cause of excess weight is the consumption of too much sugar. And this is exactly what is left in the low-fat products you see on the shelves of supermarkets after the have taken the fat out of them. Why do they add the sugar and article sweeteners into the products? Because otherwise, they would taste of cardboard.
Myth 7- Soy is a healthy alternative choice
First things first, it really is as simple as this: unfermented soy products are not healthy additions to your diet. However, despite this it has for some reason become known as a “Health food” choice. One of the problems is that over 90% of American soy crops are GE (genetically engineered).
Below is a list of just a few health issues that have been linked to unfermented soy by scientists:
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
- Immune dysfunction
- Kidney stones
- Problems with pregnancy and breast feeding
Myth 8- Use margarine instead of butter to be healthier
As we are learning more about hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated oils and trans fat which margarine is made off. This product was created to appease customers who were on the low fat craze. This stuff is not food, it’s a combination of chemicals, and none of them are beneficial to our bodies whatsoever.
It is even known to increase heart disease. However even though we have this information, margarine is STILL being marketed as a healthier alternative to butter. Let’s get one thing straight, processed foods will NEVER be a healthier alternative, they should not even be called foods in the first place.
Myth 9- amount of calories consumed matters most for weight loss and diet
Counting calories is still one of the most popular things to do when trying to lose or weight or sustain the weight you are at. This may provide short-term results, as the ideals of the diet are usually unrealistic. With the person returning back to eating the number of calories they did prior to going on the diet, and gaining all the weight back.
This is usually the case because not all calories are created equally, and they are also not digested and used by the body in the same way. Therefore if you are counting the calories you are consuming you could be severely limiting the number of nutrients your body is getting, which will obviously cause long-term health issues. My advice is to stop the yo-yo calories counting dieting immediately, and move on to a regime of healthy eating and exercising. Allowing yourself lots of nutritious foods.
Myth 10- Buying organic food is pointless and a waste of money
As you are probably aware, vegetables are healthy for anyone and everyone. However, that is only if they are organic, and not full of pesticides, herbicides or have been genetically modified. Let’s be clear on one thing, genetically modified foods are probably the most dangerous on the planet, and it isn’t just vegetables that get this treatment. 90% of corn and 95% of soy that is grown in the US is genetically engineered.
You may even want to consider growing your own food. This is really the only time where you will see what is exactly going on the vegetables you are about to eat, and therefore knowing that they will not harm your body, just like they shouldn’t be anyway.
Myth 11- Processed meat is ok to eat as part of a balanced diet
Processed meats include everything from bacon, hot dogs, deli meats and pepperoni. The reason these meats are dangerous is because they are full of dangerous compounds such as:
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): PAHs form when processed meats are smoked, which many are.
- Heterocyclic amines (HCAs): when fish or meat is cooked at high temperatures this potent carbon is created.
- Sodium nitrite: this preservative is commonly used to add color and flavor to cured and processed meats.
These meats increase the risk of cancer, and no amount is safe to put into your bodies. For example if someone eats just one sausage a day, their risk of developing bowel cancer is increased by 20%.
What about you? Are you shocked about any of these revelations? If so let us know in the comments section below.