Debunked Food Myths

debunked food myths

In our previous article, we have listed out the myths that people believe about fast food. And now, we shall know the debunked food myths in this article. There are some most common myths about food myths debunked.

Here are the top 10 debunked food myths.

1. Fast food is unhealthy:

fast food is unhealthy

We all believe that fast foods are unhealthy. But we do prefer them as they are easily available in the restaurants, on road sides. And we know that too much of anything is not good. It may be fast food or anything else in its place. Moreover, there are certain fast food items that are unhealthy even when taken in small quantity. This is all because of the cheese, macaroni, and other contents in the item.

2. Calories at night are more fattening than those had in the day time:

calories at night

Calories are always calories. The intake time of calories doesn’t matter at all, whether it is day or night. It is all the amount of calories you eat irrespective of time. If it is said that eating calories at night will fatten you or increase your weight, the French shouldn’t have been slim as they mostly eat late at night. It’s just a myth that calories at night will let you gain weight.

3. Salt increases blood pressure:

salt increases blood pressure

We all believe that excess salt increases blood pressure in our body. This originated in the 1940s when a professor used salt-reduction to treat people with high blood pressure. The fact is that the persons with high blood pressure become salt sensitive. And in this case, it’s better to reduce the intake of salt or increase the intake of potassium so that both are balanced. Some of the potassium rich foods are broccoli, banana, spinach, white potatoes, and some types of beans. This all will be used when the blood pressure increases in a person’s body. This is the main reason and not that excess salt will increase blood pressure. Moreover, people with hypertension should be careful with salt.

4. Eat six small meals a day instead of 3 large meals:

6 small meals equals 3 large meals

This can be accepted when the intake of calories in six small meals is equal to three large meals. If the calories increases in 6 small meals than in 3 large ones, then it’s definitely not good for health. If there is no difference found in both of them, then six small meals a day will do good for a normal body. But most of the people, they can set their time only for 3 meals. So they find it as the best choice they can follow.

5. Meat is the best protein rich food:

meat is protein rich food

Meat is just one of the protein rich foods, it’s not the only food that supplies protein to our body. There are some plant based protein rich foods which include nuts, legumes, seeds, and grains are the good sources of protein. Eating these foods in a regular basis will provide your body the best balance of essential amino acids. Rather than eating meat to get enough proteins for our body, there are some plant protein foods that contains additional benefits of a number of phytochemicals that protect against diseases. And these plant based protein rich foods will be useful for those who don’t like to eat meat and non-vegetarians.

6. Fresh fruits are better than dried fruits:

fresh fruits are better than dried fruits

We know that fresh fruits are always the best compliments to our body. But remember that they are not better than dries fruits. This myth can be proved true when you main requirement is Vitamin C. And in all other cases, dried fruits are best for our body than fresh fruits. If you eat 5 fruits a day, then it equals 5 tablespoons of dried fruits. Fruit juice can also be used as a fruit portion daily, but only one fruit per day should be used to make juice.

7. Milk increases mucus production:

milk increases mucus production

Some people believe that milk and other milk products increases mucus production. If this is true then people will neglect its intake particular when they are suffering from cold or flu. Actually this wasn’t proved in any researches. But increased mucus formation is found in healthy adults who consume milk and non-milk beverages that contain the properties of milk. So, this myths needs to be tested more to know the fact.

8. Salads are healthy fast foods:

salads are healthy fast foods

Most of us think that salads are healthier as they are prepared using fresh vegetables even though they are categorised as fast foods. But the calories content in the salads are far more than our usual food items. They are even high in salt and fat. So it is never a perfect choice for dieters to choose salads for them.

9. Fat free food is calorie free:

fat free products

This is one of the most common debunked food myths that fat free food is calorie free. Many of the manufacturers know that people believe that fat will reduce weight. So, they take advantage to label their products as fat free, low fat, fat reduced, and many such labels. By seeing this type of labels on the products, people tend to buy these in more number and also eat more of these low fat items. Not only these low fat-labelled products have more calories, but also they contain more sugar and extra chemicals. Therefore, fat-free products can be helpful for you to increase your weight.

10. Skipping breakfast will help you reduce weight:

skipping breakfast

Many of the dieters and those who wish to reduce their weight think that skipping breakfast will help them reduce weight in less time. In fact, researches have found that people who tend to skip breakfast have higher body weight when compared with those who eat breakfast regularly. This is because when people skip breakfast, they are less efficient to burn up their energy from the food they eat in the day time. Moreover, they eat more in the day later when they skip breakfast. And we know that eating more than what our requires at a time is not good for health.

These are the debunked food myths that people believe and they tend to follow these myths.

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