Let us have a look at the top 10 most common food myths which are surprisingly still being as gospel truths by many of us.
1. Fast Food is not good for your health
We have to put things in proper perspective. Everything in moderation and that include fast foods. A moderate amount of fast food is not worse than taking a grilled meat at home. The key to good eating habit is moderation and variety.
2. Too much salt lead to increased blood pressure
The misconception about salt was started in 1941 when a scientist utilized salt-reduction method to treat people suffering from high blood pressure.
3. Craving is the way your body is telling it needs something
Cravings are essentially based on emotions. We crave for specific types of food stuffs mainly because of past experiences and memories.
4. Decaffeinated coffee is 100% free of caffeine
In most cases, there are about 3% of caffeine that is retained in decaffeinated coffee. If you have allergy to coffee, you have to avoid taking all kinds of coffee including the decaf.
5. Celery is considered a negative calorie food
This is one of those urban legends that baffle most of us. If we study the figures closely we will learn that a stick of celery actually contains about 6 calories. If one can eat 30 sticks of celery in one hour, you get around 180 calories. You are left with an excess of 150 calories in your body as you can burn only 30 calories in one hour.
6. Six small meals are good and healthy substitute to 3 square meals
This can only be valid if you are able to set the cap for your “small” meals. The key is really on the total calories per day.
7. You are better off with fresh fruit than with dried fruit
This is true only if you are talking about Vitamin C. However, if we are looking at the overall value of fresh fruits and dried fruits, both contains just same amount of nutrients.
8. You need lots of protein to gain muscle
There are lots of studies that have debunked this claim about protein. The results of these scientific studies have shown that additional protein does not have any significant impact on the growth of muscles.
9. Fast food salads are the healthy alternative
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Looking at the “big 4” fast food outlets, 5 of the 8 salads that they serve to clients, we can find out that they had abnormally high salt content and fat content. These “healthy” options are just as bad as the regular food that we normally eat in these fast food outlets.
10. Fat-Free food is 100% calorie free
Most of us will go for the fat-free and low-fat foods in order to reduce weight. Unfortunately, we are being led to a more serious condition as we tend to consume more of these “health” foods. What is more important when we are trying to reduce weight is calories and the amount we take it and burn every day.