9 common health and diet myths debunked 15



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All fatty foods are bad! Gluten-free food is really good for you! Microwaving kills nutrients! You’ve no doubt heard these ridiculous health claims around, and you might believe some of them.

Today we look at 10 common health and diet myths and uncover the truth.


Myth #1: Scales are the only way to monitor weight loss progress

It’s always great to monitor your weight loss, but it is a common myth that scales and the number on them matters. However, for a variety of reasons, your weight will mislead you because your scale treats both fat and muscle the same way – a kilo of fat is the same as a kilo of muscle. If you’re strengthening your muscles during your exercise regimen, you might gain a little weight rather than lose it, and if you use just scales, you may feel discouraged. Another way to monitor your progress is with fitness apps. You can also take progress selfies – you’ll be amazed!


Myth #2: All fatty foods are bad for you

Actually, the opposite is true, though what kind of fat you’re eating makes a big difference. Opt for healthy fats that promote cardiovascular health such as monounsaturated and essential fatty acids. Fish and red meat offer the right types of fats that are needed in a health diet.


Myth #3: Gluten free foods are healthier

With more and more gluten-free products available in supermarkets, it’s easy to think their benefits might help those people without celiac disease and gluten intolerance. If you don’t have a medical reason for following a gluten-free diet, there’s probably no benefit. In fact, gluten free foods have been found to have more sugar and fats than gluten foods.


Myth #4: We need to drink 8 glasses of water per day

While drinking water is important for your health, there’s no need to go overboard – 1.5 litres a day is plenty for healthy people with normal kidney function. With that said, if you’re outdoors on a hot day or exercising, you will need more to keep hydrated. People over the age of 60 are less likely to feel dehydrated when they are, so more is better, but don’t overdo it.


Myth #5: Microwaving kills nutrients

When most people think of radiation, they think of negatively but the definition of the word refers to energy that travels in waves and spreads out as it goes. Microwaves used to cook foods are many, many times weaker than X-rays and gamma rays. In actual fact, heat and the amount of time you’re cooking affects nutrient losses, not the cooking method or the radiation. And because microwave cooking often cooks foods more quickly, it can actually help to minimise nutrient losses.

Myth #6: You crave certain foods because you’re deficient in something

This is a very big myth, and we’re more likely to crave something because we enjoy it or need it emotionally, rather than for survival. But there is one exception: iron. Researchers have found that lack of iron affects the body’s appetite mechanisms and makes you crave meat or even ice when you need more iron in your diet.


Myth #7: Eggs are bad for your heart

While eggs do contain a substantial amount of cholesterol in their yolks, and cholesterol is the fatty stuff in our blood that can clog arteries and cause heart attacks, experts say that there is nothing wrong with eating one or two eggs a day. IT’s all about moderation.

Myth #8: Frozen fruits and veges lack nutrients

Frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen within hours of being picked which locks in nutrients, rather than eliminating them. But if you can, buy fresh produce when you can.


Myth #9: You need to detox your body regularly

Forget detox drinks and programs – your body does not need these sorts of detoxes, no matter what the label says. Your body does it for you every day – that’s what your liver and kidneys are for. No expensive detox plan can put a magic wand over bad diet – that’s something you need to fundamentally change.


Did any of these surprise you? Will you be changing your diet habits?

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  1. how about using common sense, eat when you are actually hungry & if you are in tune with your body & what it needs, you will generally eat what you need to eat…everything in moderation & by this age you should know what is good for you & what is not!!

  2. I don’t take any notice of these sorts of articles. Every year we hear what was okay last year, is no good this year. And what was good last year ….. and so on. I eat as my mother taught me, always have, always will. It hasn’t killed me yet so I must be doing something right!!

  3. I watched an article on TV recently stating to add butter to coffee for weight loss and thought what rubbish we are being fed through the media….I am healthy at 65 and put it down to plenty of fresh produce and staying away from processed food as much as possible..

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  4. I really dislike the gluten free trend. It’s great that people who really need this food have more choice. Coeliac disease is very uncomfortable.

  5. Most of these myths are generated to make money from the gullible

  6. I am so angry that my dear old Dad did what he was told and didn’t have eggs in his final years. Something he always liked and was so good for him. Science/? Bah Humbug!
    I forget. Are potatoes good for us this week or not?

  7. Eat whatever you like but don’t over do it, in short moderation is the key. However, my grand daughter has just been diagnosed with a wheat and dairy allergy and advised that gluten free would be best. No wonder the poor little thing has been getting belly aches. Anyway, thank goodnes she likes soy and so far is feeling a lot better.

  8. My family and I went paleo about four months ago (http://fullhealthguru.com/restart), and I have to say, not only is it fantastic for weight loss, but it’s amazing for overall health. My wife suffered from insomnia and anxiety, and even that has diminished significantly because of the healthier diet. With myself, I lost a good 25 pounds, but beyond that – I just feel more energetic.

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