Everyone wants to be healthier. Over the years we receive tips on what to eat and what not to eat, and usually those tips are hard to forget. The problem is, many of the healthy eating tips we have heard are based on myths. So the “bad” habits we avoid at all costs and the “good” foods we happily consume while thinking we are doing our bodies a favor are actually leading us astray. Here are the top 5 myths that have been debunked in the medical world that you might still think are true:
- Counting calories is the best way to lose weight.
It is true that your body needs a caloric deficit to lose weight. But this mindset makes you obsessed with the quantity of the calories you take in. The important thing to remember is that the quality of the calories is important, too. Not all calories are created equal. In fact many “diet foods” are very low calorie but processed artificially and terrible for your body. Stick to understanding your macros and fill your body with quality nutrients and you can lose weight, but while taking care of your body.
- Carbs make you fat.
The popularity of low-carb diets has made many people assume that all carbs are bad for you and only make you gain weight. However, your brain needs carbs to function. The healthiest people in the world eat lots of carbs—they are just carbs from real food. Opt for healthy carbohydrates like whole grains, veggies, and fruits instead of refined carbs like white bread, pasta, candy, and cookies.
- Detox diets are essential to ridding your body of toxins.
Your body actually does this on its own. Your liver, kidneys and spleen are specifically designed to do this. No research has surfaced that shows that going without eating speeds up this process. Don’t deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to try to get it to do what it’s already doing! ***Also, “juice fasts” only lower your protein intake which is needed to rev up your metabolism and steady blood sugar levels.
- Frozen vegetables lose their nutrients.
In fact, some frozen veggies contain more nutrients than their fresh counterparts because of the time the fresh veggies spend exposed in the produce section. In general, the difference between frozen/fresh veggies is far too small to keep you from buying one or the other. The benefits of frozen vegetables (price, convenience, accessibility, longevity) definitely outweigh the potential minor differences in nutrients as related to their effects on your health.
- Eggs are bad for you.
Despite their many great benefits, eggs have received bad press in the health world in the past because they were previously linked to high cholesterol. However, recent research actually debunks this myth. Eggs are actually are full of nutrients as well as an inexpensive form of protein.
**Also, bonus myth debunked: brown eggs are no more nutritious than white eggs. It simply means it came from a red hen rather than a white hen.
Thanks for reading and #sharing! Hope these help clear things up!