Here are some common myths that relate to diets and food intake.
Myth #1: Skipping meals will help you lose weight
Typically, this will cause you to have an increased appetite, which leads to overeating at your next meal. This excessive intake of food will eventually result in weight gain, especially if this is a frequent occurrence.
- Your metabolism, which is a process whereby your body burns energy uses stored fat to digest food. After digesting this food, it will become inactive. By skipping meals, this period of inactivity is prolonged. As time passes, your body will get used to not actively burning energy, causing a significant drop in metabolism.
Myth #2: All fat is bad for you.
- Fat is an essential part of a human’s diet. "Bad fats" increase risks of contracting heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses. On the other, "good fats" help to prevent them.
- "Good fats" include unsaturated fats, which help to reduce bad cholesterol, boost good cholesterol and are a good source of Omega-3. Omega-3 is a fatty acid which lowers blood pressure, inflammation and protects the brain and nervous system.
- Fat also keep you fuller for a longer period of time, as it prevents your stomach from emptying out too early.
Thus, some fats are beneficial to your health.
Myth #3: Organic foods are better than non-organic ones.
- Organic usually refers to the farming techniques used to produce the food.
Thus, they usually have have equal nutrient content with non-organic foods. This means that technically, they are not better in terms of nutritional content.
Have you heard any myths about dieting?
Many assumptions have been made pertaining to the consumption of food when on a diet. We hope that by creating this opportunity for the public to express their queries, we will be able to answer their questions, and in turn, make the issue of dieting based on false assumptions less pronounced.