Popular Nutritional Myths

By James Spann
I:5:T Most nutritional myths float here and about on social media, e-mail chain letters, and pop up on late evening television shows. Some are passed down from generation to generation and are widely accepted by many people. Eating deep-fried food items, is one example. Most people would say this is terrible for your health. However, if you dig farther into this issue, you will discovered that, when prepared correctly, fried food items don’t need to always be avoided.

Additional nutritional myths:

Sea salt is more beneficial to your health than regular table salt.

According to a survey taken by the American Heart Association, many people believe that it’s true. However, the statement is false. Sea salt is not a low-sodium alternative to table salt. Table salt is produced in underground mines. Sea salt is produced from the evaporation of sea water. Although they have different tastes, both are composed of sodium and chlorine.

All chocolate is bad for you

It is true that milk chocolate – which contains a lot of sugar – is bad for you. However, dark chocolate, contains cocoa, a plant-based food replete with flavonoids that increase blood flow and release feel-good endorphins. Plus, it contains a healthy kind of saturated fat called stearic acid, which research has shown can increase your good HDL cholesterol. But, keep in mind that moderation is the key. Eating too much dark chocolate, like anything else, is not very beneficial to you.

Consuming eggs for breakfast is not beneficial for your heart.

Eggs do include a significant amount of cholesterol in their yolks. An above-average size egg contains about 210 milligrams of cholesterol. I’m aware that cholesterol may contribute to clogged arteries and heart attacks. However, research has shown that most healthy people can consume an egg every day with no complications. Why is this so? The cholesterol we eat-in eggs does not cause a massive effect on raising our blood cholesterol. The chief heart-disease culprits are saturated and trans fats, which have a lot higher impact on raising blood cholesterol. A typical egg contains two grams of saturated fat and no trans fats. You should limit your cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg daily. When you eat a large egg, you are only getting 10% of this amount. So one large egg a day is fine as long as you don’t go over that 300 mg of cholesterol with the rest of your daily diet.

Eating fatty foods, such as bacon and sausage, will make you fat.

This statement is not always true. Foods high in fat do have cholesterol and saturated fats that are instrumental to having cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, calories from sugars– not fatty foods– are the major root cause of weight gain. Yes, bacon and sausage most certainly contain calories, yet not as many as carbohydrates – that are metabolized to form different types of simple sugars. These simple sugars are the primary sources of energy – calories – for our physical body.

So, what is the take home point? If you want to lose or keep from gaining a lot of weight, you should reduce your consumption of high-sugary foods, such as buttermilk pancakes with layers of mocha cream topped with chocolate and whipped cream. Instead of eating high-sugary carbohydrates, eat complex carbohydrates which are high in fiber and vital nutrients, such as broccoli, beans, spinach, and fruits.

If you are uncertain as to whether a specific meal practice is a nutritional myth, research it on the internet. If you find that the behavior is a misconception, congratulate yourself on becoming a nutritional myth buster.

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