Common Nutrition Myths

There are many people who are very serious when it comes to nutrition and their health. That is why it is important that they know the differences between the facts and the myths regarding nutrition that may have an effect on their health over time. Here are some of the more common nutrition myths that some people may easily take as fact.

Low fat foods are always better for you.

When one thinks of low fat food, one may instantly think that it is always good for the health. Not necessarily. That “low fat” monicker on some processed foods products may just be a way to hide their high salt or carbohydrate content. What’s more, monounsaturated fats are actually good for your health, and heart. Products that may reduce such fat content in the process may actually have lesser health benefits for you.

Organic foods are always better.

From a nutritional standpoint, this is not always true. There are conventionally grown produce that contain the same nutritional values as those that are organically grown. The main difference between the two is the level of pesticide use. Most fruits and vegetables with impermeable skin is generally safe to buy conventionally grown.

Sea salt is healthier than table salt.

They are both just the same in terms of sodium content. A teaspoon of either sea salt or table salt contains 2,300 mg of sodium. Some say that sea salt also contains minerals such as magnesium and iron. But these minerals only come in minute trace amounts to make them even effective. But on the other hand, the traditional table salt is usually sold fortified with iodine which gives them some added health benefit, since sea salt contains zero iodine.

Energy drinks are healthier alternatives to soda.

With an increasing number of energy drinks now available, health conscious individuals may consider them as a healthier alternative to drinking soda. But this is not always the case. Although energy drinks may contain B vitamins, herbal extracts as well as amino acids that provide health benefits, most energy drinks in the market may have more sugar content than soda. A study also has reported that energy drinks tend to be more corrosive to your teeth than regular soda. You need to think twice before considering that popular energy drink as an alternative.

 

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