Nutrition Myths And Facts

Spinach and lentils are good sources of iron

Although these foods are indeed good sources of iron, the fact is that this type of iron is not easily absorbed by the human body. Practically, this means that the iron found in spinach and lentils, is less useful than that which comes from meat, fish or eggs.

Brown sugar is better than white sugar

The differences between these two types of sugar are so small that it’s difficult to say which one is better. Brown sugar is granulated sugar with added molasses, which means it actually has a low mineral content. However, to benefit from these minerals you should be consuming huge quantities of sugar every day, to the point of becoming overweight! There are much better sources of minerals than brown sugar.

Fruit juice is more nutritious than eating the whole fruit

Exactly the opposite is true. Whole fruits contain fiber, which is necessary for the normal function of the digestive system. What is more, fruit juices get absorbed more rapidly, which leads to a sharp increase in the levels of blood sugar.

Combining protein and carbohydrates can make you fat

This is an outrageous claim, contrary to all the principles of nutrition. A balanced diet should include foods from all food groups. If you consume food in reasonable quantities, then there is no reason to eliminate entire food groups from your diet.

People with high cholesterol should not eat eggs

Recent studies have shown that the cholesterol found in eggs has a relatively small effect on blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fat that comes from animal foods (such as meat) is much more harmful. This means that you are allowed to eat 2-3 eggs a week, especially when following a balanced diet.

Orange juice increases blood pressure

The truth is that oranges are rich in potassium, which can actually cause a decrease in blood pressure. The only case in which the consumption of oranges is not indicated is when hypertension is caused by renal disease, which is rather rare.

Bread is fattening

Bread is certainly not fattening! It's the quantity of bread consumed that may lead to problems. Bread is a carbohydrate that provides energy equal to 4 calories per gram.

You need to drink eight glasses of water per day

You don’t actually have to drink eight glasses of water to be well hydrated, but eight glasses of fluids! This includes fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas and even soft drinks. The only exception is beverages that contain alcohol, which can actually cause dehydration.

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