If you’re about to bring some changes into your everyday menu, you will be surprised by the fact that usually common sense is absent when it comes to nutrition. Sad but true, all kinds of myths and unexpectedly weird misconceptions are deeply rooted into the modern society. Moreover, even the so-called experts tend to spread nutrition facts that are completely misleading.
Here are 10 nutrition facts that should be considered by the healthy lifestyle fans:
There’s no need to eat every 3 hours in order to lose weight.
According to the latest investigations, more frequent and smaller meals have no particular effect on human’s health, as well as on fat burning. Studies have shown that eating every 3 hours is pointless for most individuals. What experts say is that you have to eat whenever you feel like, but the foods must be both – nutritious and healthy.
Meat rots in your colon – false!
Experts prove that human’s body is actually able to both – absorb and digest all nutrients that come from meat. Stomach acids help to break the protein down, while powerful digestive enzymes will break down everything else in the small intestine. Then, all nutrients, fats and proteins are transferred directly into the human body. In other words, there’s nothing that can rot in your colon.
Most cereals do not meet the national nutrition standards.
Bad news for parents: the majority of cereals manufactured for the little ones contain more sugar, calories and salt (as well as less protein and fiber) than the other cereals available nowadays.
More sugary drinks – more fat!
Sugar, sugar, sugar is everywhere and the fact that now it has a liquid form as well makes the situation even worse. The problem with sugary drinks is that human’s brain does not compensate for the calories through consuming less of the other meals. This means that our brain doesn’t ‘register’ all of these calories. Overall, this makes you consume more calories.
Eating in accordance with the rainbow colors is healthy.
Remember, the more colors are there in your plate, the more important nutrients you provide your body with. The yellows, reds, greens, blues and oranges of vegetables and fruits – all these are a must for a healthy diet.
Cholesterol is your friend?
Well, not an enemy at least. What we used to call ‘cholesterol’ is not cholesterol at all. When the conversation is about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol, people actually mean proteins that transport cholesterol all over the organism. From now on, keep in mind that cholesterol is not what you’re supposed to be afraid of. What can increase the risk of a heart disease is the type of lipoproteins that spread cholesterol all over the body, but not cholesterol as you’ve thought before!
Eating healthy is the habit that one should stick to, but more important and useful for human organism is not getting panic stricken when the question is about nutrition. Be sober-minded.
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