The problem with a lot of nutrition myths is that no one talks about them but many believe in them. Admittedly, most nutrition myths are actually harmless. However, anyone looking to live a healthy life must learn to separate facts from fiction. The sooner you put some of these myths to bed the better.
Eating at night
How many times have you heard people saying that eating at night can make you fat? The reason why the explanations most people give sound dubious is because there is no hard evidence to support the idea.
Calories are the same no matter the time of day or night. There are people who simply overeat late at night; overeating at any time of the day or night is discouraged and will manifest some less than desirable results.
In truth, the quality and quantity of food are much more important than the time you eat it.
Excessive protein intake
Your body needs protein to build muscles. As such, it has become the norm for bodybuilders to consume unhealthy quantities of protein in the belief that the more protein they take the more muscle mass they will build. However, if you take more protein than your body requires, you will gain weight because your body will store the excess protein as fat.
Nutritionists do not merely encourage people to drink water on a daily basis, they are strangely specific, suggesting that everyone must consume at least eight glasses of water every single day. However, this estimation is a little bit of an exaggeration. Yes, the human body requires a certain amount of water every day, but you do not necessarily have to actually drink eight glasses of water to meet the body’s requirements.
Water can be acquired from a variety of sources, including juice, fruit, beverages like tea and coffee, soups. Most people meet their daily water requirements by simply eating and drinking without counting glasses of water. For the most part, you are better off letting your thirst guide you. Do not let the ‘eight glasses’ rule control you.
Natural herbal products
Just because herbal products are natural doesn’t mean they are absolutely safe and good for your health. Tobacco is a natural herb and no physician would encourage you to start consuming tobacco.
People have a tendency to trust herbal products because of the ‘All-Natural’ tag. Remember that herbal products are not regulated; you need to approach them carefully.
Just because a label says ‘cholesterol-free’ doesn’t mean the food item in question is healthy. First of all, cholesterol is not all the same: there are low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). The latter are often referred to as “good” cholesterol and is useful for the body in moderate amounts.
Secondly, there can be so many unhealthy substances in our food aside from cholesterol that the absence of just one of them won’t make any tangible difference. So the idea that cholesterol-free foods are the way to go should be approached with a grain of salt.