There are countless diets and techniques that claim to be the best. The bulk information revolving around healthy eating is so infinite it can make your head spin. With more research being conducted daily, it is no surprise that the information surrounding healthy eating always seems to be changing. Considering shifting information, numerous nutritional myths have developed. It is important to stay up to date on what is being discovered about the human body so that you can make the best-informed decisions about your health. Here are 3 common nutritional myths relevant today.
- Eggs Are Always Bad For You
The benefits of eggs have always been a debate. Eggs contain a high amount of cholesterol and have been thought to increase heart disease. Recent studies indicate that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t raise cholesterol dangerously in the blood. Eggs have been found to raise “good” cholesterol and is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Eggs are high in nutrients and unique antioxidants that aid that protecting our eyes. Eggs have been proven to be a healthy option for breakfast.
- Grains Are Always Good For You
Grains are low in nutrients and high in phytic acid. Phytic acid prevents essential minerals from being absorbed. Wheat is a common gain consumed in the west and has been found to cause more harm than good. Wheat contains large amounts of the protein gluten and studies show that a significant portion of the population is sensitive to it. Gluten consumption has been found to damage the lining of the intestines, cause pain, bloating, stool inconsistency, and fatigue. Gluten consumption has been associated with brain disorders including schizophrenia and cerebellar ataxia.
- It Is Best To Eat Numerous Small Meals
There is a popular belief that eating multiple small meals a day will lead to/maintain a high metabolism. Eating raises your metabolism a bit while digesting. The amount of food consumed determines how much energy is used, instead of the number of meals. Research shows no difference between a group that ate a lot of small meals a day and a group that ate fewer meals a day, even though they ate the same amount. Our ancestors ate when food was available, which was not as often as it is today. Their digestive system was conditioned to fast regularly and utilize sustenance as efficiently as possible. When humans fast, a process known as autophagy cleans out our cells. Fasting has been found to be a very beneficial practice. An increased risk for colon cancer has been found for those who eat 4 meals a day compared to those who eat 2 meals a day.
Nutrition is highly important. That is probably why there are so many myths surrounding the subject. Be sure to speak to your physician about what diet or eating habits will work best for you. Also, be sure to conduct your own research on the matter to stay up to date on the most recent nutritional discoveries. You only get one body, be sure to take care of it!