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Back when I was a kid and the internet a big revolution for mankind, I had one and only dietician- my mum! Today, she’s the reason I don’t have 10 chocolate bars in a day and always add fruits and green veggies to my meals. However, times have changed now and with Dr. Google to everyone’s rescue, everyone follows what the internet tells them because well, the internet can never be wrong; but is the internet always right? Science doesn't think so.
We are forced to think this way because when we put together the nutrition ‘facts’ on the internet and the actual nutrition facts, we found that there are a lot of nutrition myths on the internet. To break the evil chain of nutrition myths, here we are debunking five of them for you:
Note: The truth might hurt you and you might have to replace quite a few things in your kitchen so, brace yourself!
Myth: Organic food is more nutritious than conventional food.
Truth: It is 100% true that organic vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides, but there is no substantial proof of the fact that organic food is more nutritious. A study by Stanford scientists claims that the nutrition levels of organic food are just a little higher compared to conventional food and it makes no difference in influencing the health of the person whatsoever.
Myth: Diet Sodas keep you from gaining weight.
Truth: The diet in diet soda is of no importance; thanks to the artificial sweeteners used in diet soda- aspartame and sucralose. According to multiple studies, the artificial sweeteners in diet make you feel more hungry over time which results in the intake of unwanted calories. A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that obese adults who consumed diet soda instead of regular soda were more likely to consume additional calories throughout the day.
Myth: Night calories are more fattening than day calories.
Truth: According to John Foreyt, Ph.D., Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, “Calories are calories and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in.” It is ideal to consume fewer calories are night because the body doesn’t involve insufficient physical activity at night in order to burn them.
Myth: Having extra protein will help build muscle.
Truth: Muscle building is a combination of the right training and the right diet. Having extra protein in no way helps build the muscle as the extra protein either gets stored as fat or burned for energy. According to Roberta Anding, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, “The timing of the protein is really important. After resistance training, consuming a source of protein, such as whey along with carbohydrates has been shown to build muscle.”
Myth: All herbal products are safe.
Truth: Since herbal products and supplements are not regulated, the purity level of the herbal content in the food item differs from product to product and brand to brand. It is important to know that ‘natural’ doesn’t always mean ‘healthy.’ Many natural products have side effects that might weaken a person’s system instead of strengthening it.
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