Friday, December 15

Food Myths – Eat This, Not That…

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1. Going on high protein and low carbohydrates is a faster way to lose weight.

There are quite a number of pitfalls to this. Cuttingrbohydrates intake will make you lose weight in the short term, since you will be losing water secondary to that. But the body uses carbohydates for energy, and going to long without them can make you lethargic. Consuming less carbs also makes you eat fruits, vegatables and grains which are high sources of dietary fiber. Not having enough fiber in your system can lead to constipation.

Meanwhile, eating too much ein like meat, eggs and milk may be equated to taking in more cholesterol, which can settle in your blood vessels and increase your risk of having heart disease.

2. Certain foods like celery, cabbage and grapefruit can burn fat and make you weight.

Eating half a grapefruit before every meal can provide the benefit of those so-called “fat burning enzymes”. Grapefruit has no fat, is low in calories and sodium and packed with vitamin C. But the very low calories and deficits in protein, fiber and other important vitamins and minerals make thiset dangerous.

The truth is that there is no food that can burn fat. The best way to lose weight is to cut back on your calorie input and increase your physical activity.

3. Red meat is bad for your health.

Studies have linked red meat with increased risks of heart disease due to saturated fat content. Instead excluding this from your diet, choose leaner cuts of beef and pork. For beef, choose eye of round, top round roast or top sirloin; for pork, choose tenderloin and loin chops.

4. Avoid nuts as they are fattening.

Nuts are rich in n monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, the good kind of fats. Eat your nuts – raw peanuts, macadamia, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts as replacementsfor food that are high in saturated fats.

5. Brown eggs are more nutritious than white eggs.

The color of the eggshell has nothing to do the quality, flavor and nutritive value of the egg. The eggshell color depends on the breed of the hen.

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