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Food Myths: Common Food Misconceptions

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions in the world about food like “it takes 7 years to digest gum.” We learned it when we were kids, told to us by our friends or maybe even our parents. Sometimes it was spread by parents to make their kids eat healthy food.

While it is in our best interests, the fact still remains that most of it is just a bunch of white lies. We believed it when we were a kid or maybe even believe it now, but we’re setting things straight; we’re debunking common food misconceptions out there. People need to know the truth!

“Fat-free helps lose weight”

When you go to a grocery store, a lot of products have the label “fat-free” or “low-fat.” People think that if you eat “low fat” food you’ll lose weight which is totally wrong. What’s important is calories; you lose weight if you ingest fewer calories than the calories you burn.

Because of this, people usually tend to eat more of the “low fat” food than they would of the regular version of it. Also, removing fat also removes most of the flavors, so in turn, they add more sugar and chemicals which make the food unhealthier.

“You need to ingest a lot of protein to gain muscle” 

If you’re trying to get super ripped or buff, you need to eat a ridiculous amount of protein, right? Well, that’s only partly true. 10% – 35% of your daily food intake should be protein; it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain weight.

This amount of protein is easily ingested in regular food, and you don’t usually need to take protein supplements. It is important for people wanting to gain weight to eating protein, but only in the right amount, since eating more than the required amount does not promote muscle growth.

“Fast food salad is healthy”

Fast food salad? More like “fast food salad.” If you go to the biggest fast-food chains, there is always salad, and people think that this is the healthier option, instead of eating the greasier meat food.

But a study has shown that the salad sold by the biggest fast-food chains in the world: McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Pizza Hut, has very high salt and calorie content. One serving of Big Mac has 540 calories and 1,040 mg of salt while a premium southwest salad with crispy chicken and dressing from McDonald’s has 530 calories and 1,260 mg of salt. Think about that.

“Too much salt increases blood pressure”

People with normal blood pressure don’t need to reduce or restrict their salt intake. Salt doesn’t increase blood pressure, but if you already have high blood pressure, then you may want to either increase your potassium intake or reduce your salt intake because what matters is the balance between salt and potassium. Eating more potassium-rich food is more important than reducing salt intake, so kids, better eat your spinach and broccoli.

“It’s better to eat more, smaller meals instead of three large meals”

Eating three times a day is the norm for most of us, but some diet experts and nutritionists say that it’s better to eat six smaller portion meals than the regular three if you’re trying to slim down. This may be true, but only if you’re good at controlling your portion sizes since it’s all about the calorie intake per day and the amount of calories you burn.

It’s harder to control your food portions, and it’s a hassle to eat six meals a day so people just usually go with the regular three since it’s a lot easier. Also, what time you eat has no effect on weight gain or weight loss so it’s alright to have a late snack.

“Fast food is bad” 

Yes, we do know that fast food is unhealthy compared to home-cooked meals. However, eating a hamburger every once in a while at McDonald’s is not a crime. It’s all about moderation. A moderate amount of fast-food won’t do much harm than a moderate amount of home-cooked meals. So, don’t feel guilty because of the occasional cheat day.

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