No matter how many advances there are, old myths tend to persist. This is especially true when it comes to nutrition. How are you supposed to nourish your body the right way if you don’t even know what the right way is? Here are just a few of the nutrition myths out there that haven’t gone away. How many do you still believe?
Restricting Salt Lowers Blood Pressure
This one may take you by surprise, but it turns out there is no evidence to support that restricting salt in your diet has any impact on your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack caused by high blood pressure. The exception is if you have a condition in which you are sensitive to salt, but in everyone else it seems to make no noticeable difference.
Eggs Are High in Cholesterol So Yolks Should Be Avoided
Eggs are actually a pretty incredible food. They are high in protein and other nutrients but low in calories. They do have cholesterol but here’s the kicker: The cholesterol in your diet has very little impact on the cholesterol levels in your blood – for most people at least. Eggs have been found to actually raise the good cholesterol levels in your blood and don’t raise the risk of heart disease. So, it may be time to add these little beauties back into your diet.
Eating Red Meat Raises Your Risk of Disease
You may have heard that eating red meat can raise your risk for cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but there’s really no proof this is true. The difference in meat doesn’t lie in what color it is, but if it’s processed or not. Unprocessed red meat has not been found to cause an increase in your risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. So, don’t take red meat off of your menu – just make sure it’s unprocessed red meat.
Eating Fat Makes You Fat
Most people think that if you reduce the amount of fat in your diet then you can reduce the amount of fat in your body – a myth that has persisted for many years. The truth is that diets high in fat and carbs can cause you to carry excess weight, but not because of the amount of fat you eat. It has been found that diets high in fat but low in carbs lead to weight loss – so the fat in your diet is really all about what you’re pairing with it – and it’s not the fat you should fear most.
Which of these nutrition myths did you believe?
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