Getting accurate news today seems to be harder and harder to come by. Fake news is on the rise and with the internet there is an absolute ton of disinformation around. Nutrition and health topics are no different, and the common snake oil salesmen will always be trying to persuade their patrons to try there new instant weight loss pill.
There are some great rules of thumb to follow with nutrition and health news, and we will explore some of those today. Keep in mind that anything you read on the internet should always be read with a grain of salt, and you should always consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle if it requires taking new substances. That beings said, lets take a look at some of the biggest nutrition myths.
Natural = Healthy
This one is huge; you see this label literally everywhere. Its natural! Therefore it must be good for you. The truth is that there are millions of substances that are natural in our world. All natural means is that it exists in nature and not made by humankind. This might be true for a lot of substances out there, but we must take into account the extra steps required to get that substance where it is now. We forget that almost everything we ingest has been ran through a processing factory in order for it to be ready for store shelves, or sold online.
During its processing phase, additives and fillers will be added. We have already witnessed this before in the news, such as the parmasian cheese wood pulp fiacso. That investigation is still ongoing, but let me ask you: Wood pulp and wood shavings are natural, but you wouldn’t want to put those into your body would you? The popular natural label is not a bad thing. Sometimes it really is better for a substance to be natural. But it has clearly become a label that companies just slap on their product as to fool customers into picking it up easier. Its been overused to the point where you really shouldn’t take it into account if you are considering buying that product.
Investigate it further if you are interested, but just make a note that natural is not that great of a claim anymore. Many ingredients are natural, but not neccisarily good for your body. Alcohol can be natural in some circumstances, but its not good for your body. Cocaine comes from a natural plant and is made from its leaves, and you see where I am going with this. Natural does not mean healthy.
Fat Are Bad For You
Another very popular myth. Nutrition “experts” will claim that fats are the cause for being unhealthy and unfit. In reality its sugar that is the real enemy. Since the 1930s, propaganda from the sugar producers aimed to make fats the enemy of being healthy, and to really shift the spotlight from the adverse health effects that too much sugar can have on the body. 80 years later, we actually have a much better understanding of the relationship that fats and sugars have on our body, and the results are really interesting.
First, its worth noting that fat is a huge form of energy for our bodies. So we should never assume that fats are all bad. It turns out, according to many great sites like
But lets look to the fats that will help you become healthy and fit. Monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and triglycerides are all good fats. You will find these in things like avocados, olive oil, fish, chicken, and nuts. All of these foods will provide you with tons of essential fats that will not only keep your body well oiled and energized, but also isn’t going to show up on your waist line. Instead having enough of these fats in your diet will actually make you feel better overall.
You hear a ton about cutting calories, and this leads people to believe that they need to have as few calories as possible. This is simply not true, and is actually more unhealthy to starve your body of calories, and will not promote weight loss at all, which is usually what the goal is when talking about cutting calories. Nutrition is important, and as long as the calories you take in are nutritious, you just need to add some portion control into the mix to get the way you should be treating your food habits. Count less calories, and count more protein, healthy fats, etc.
The more you pay attention to the food you eat, the easier it is to find out the appropriate portion sizes for those meals. Once this is done, you will notice an extreme difference in your overall life. You will have more constant energy, and it will be easier for your body to recover from stress. Whether you are after weight loss or weight gain, calories obviously play a role, but what kind of calories they are makes up a larger factor. Calories are a measurement of how much energy your body can extract from the food. Calories are in-exchangeable with kilo-joules, since they are describing the same thing. A kilo-joule is a measurement of energy, and thus a calorie is a unit of energy as well. You will see kilo-joule overseas in Australia and the UK.
As with everything on the internet these days, it tends to be better if you do your own research into issues and draw your own conclusions. The purpose of this article is to help clear some of the typical scams and disinformation out there, of which there are many. Whether its people trying to sell you on a product because its natural, or saying its low in far, or even going as far as to say it barely has any calories, you will be better equipped to know what you are actually hearing. Knowing the facts of the matter helps immensely, and makes it a lot easier to make a final decision.Follow us on social media: