4 Nutrition Myths Busted
Are you following all the nutrition trends in the health world? So much information is thrown out there without any data backing it up. A lot of these myths are old + are now being seen as new ideas because they never made their way out of society! Here are four common myths about nutrition that you should know about.
#1] GLUTEN IS [NOT] BAD FOR YOUR BODY
Gluten is your friend, unless you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance! Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye, + barley. Wheat + other whole grains can be a great nutritional part of our diets because they contain the essentials our bodies need such as fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, + iron. The gluten-free trend creates a restrictive diet that may be detrimental to the body in the long run. If you are concerned that you may be celiac or gluten-intolerant, reach out to your healthcare provider before making any dietary changes!
#2] [DO NOT] AVOID CARBS ALL TOGETHER
Going on a low-carb diet has been a trend throughout health + wellness history. However, eliminating foods from the diet + taking away an entire food group, such as carbohydrates, should be a red flag! Carbohydrates include fruits, starchy vegetables, grains, rice, + bread! These foods all include sugars, fibers, + starches. They nourish the body with glucose, a sugar that is converted into energy that your body uses to function properly.
#3] DETOXING IS [NOT] A NECESSITY
A detox diet will not clean out all of the toxins in our bodies! There is not a lot of evidence that supports dietary cleansers. Our bodies naturally cleanse themselves of toxins through our liver, gastrointestinal tract, + kidneys. Try to focus on drinking more water, removing processed foods from your diet, + eating more whole foods to make your body feel better!
#4] FAT IN YOUR DIET WILL [NOT] MAKE YOU FAT
The fat-free + low-fat diets were very popular in the 80s + 90s, but people are still avoiding fatty foods! Fats have awesome benefits such as protecting our organs, promoting growth + development, ++ promoting the absorption of vitamins. There are such things as healthy fats [unsaturated fats] + unhealthy fats [saturated fats]. Unsaturated fats are mainly found in foods from plants, which includes vegetable oil, nuts, + seeds.
There are two types of “good” unsaturated fats: monounsaturated fats + polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, + pecans, seeds like sesame + pumpkin, ++ oils such as olive, peanut, + canola. Polyunsaturated fats are found in walnuts, flax seeds, + fish, as well as oils like sunflower, corn, soybean, ++ flaxseed. Unhealthy fats [saturated fats] don’t need to be completely avoided, but they should definitely be minimized! The most common sources of saturated fat are pizza, cheese, dairy products, meat products, + fast food.
These are just a few of the many nutrition myths with some evidence behind them! Want to learn more about health myths? Head over + read 10 Health + Fitness Myths You Might Believe!