The whole idea behind taking control of our health is to end up and stay healthy. That’s why Twain’s quote is so important.
People are happy to share what they know, right or wrong.
We have to question, confirm and review what we are doing. Knowledge doesn’t go backwards but myth can replace common sense over time.
One of the best tools we can use is a health journal; where we write down:
- What we’re doing for what reason…
- Rate our results… (I use 1 to 10 scale for how I feel. Keep dry facts separate.)
- Write and date weight and waist size…
- Blood pressure, heart rate, and breaths per minute…
- Amount & type of exercise per day…
And then regularly explore for new and better ways to support our health and share…
One of the best things we can do for our health is to regularly eliminate what we’re doing wrong… Some of our bad choices, we’re aware of. Some we’re oblivious to what we’re doing wrong…
So explore these health myths…
Keep in mind:
- We are almost always dealing with someone’s opinion and not facts…
- Most of the information we read is general…
- We are each unique…
This is one of the better Health Myth Warning Lists I’ve seen… Read on:
12 Food and Nutrition Myths We Could All Do Without
1. Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day
This is a myth that even the most educated nutritionists fall victim too. The idea is that if we eat many small meals throughout the day our blood sugar will remain more stable and that it boosts metabolism.
Maybe this is true if we’re consuming sugary, high carb foods that create a blood sugar roller coaster. However for anyone who knows just how bad these types of foods are, eating 6 times a day shouldn’t be a concern.
While many small meals can speed up metabolism, it certainly isn’t significant- nothing to call home about. Metabolism could just as easily be amped by eating more spicy thermogenic foods.
The scientific community has busted this myth over and over again. One study with obese men showed the group eating 6 small meals per day vs. the group eating 3 meals per day, were less satiated.
Other studies found no marked difference at all between eating 6 or 3 times per day.
Anyone who is looking to lose weight should try doing the opposite of eating multiple times per day. Intermittent fasting is a practice which actually gives our bodies a chance to burn fat stores.
Skipping breakfast isn’t so crazy after all and falls in line with the evolutionary characteristics of our ancestors. It doesn’t make sense, past or present, for humans to have continuous access to food.
Fasting has long been employed by humans both by choice and not.What we see in the studies done alternate day fasting vs simple calorie restriction is that fasting can actually inhibit chronic illness.
One study showed those who practiced alternate day fasting had lower diabetes risk , lower cholesterol, lower heart rate, animal studies found lower lymphoma incidence and lower rates of cancer cell proliferation.
Intermittent fasting can be anything from skipping meals a few times per week to fasting for longer periods. The good news is we don’t have to suffer too much to enjoy the benefits.
Even just skipping breakfast can have dramatic life lengthening effects, and reduce overall calorie consumption. One of intermittent fasting main effects is increasing the bodies sensitivity to insulin, lowering the risk of obesity and diabetes.
2. Foods Marked “Low Fat” or “Diet” Are Best
This is my favourite myth to bust because it’s absolutely bogus. Not only are low fat diet foods disgusting, they’re also contributing to the obesity epidemic.
While I won’t dive too deep into the fallacy of aspartame, know that it is rat poison disguised as a healthy sugar substitute.
Low fat doesn’t mean low sugar, or low carb and we have enough evidence now to know that it isn’t fat making us fat.
Artificial sweeteners are actually linked to higher rates of obesity and diabetes and heart disease. Not only that but they affect our hormones and can cause thyroid disorders and mood imbalance, not fun.
It’s a touch ironic that since low fat foods exploded onto the marketplace, people have actually gotten a lot more fat.
We see ancestral examples of healthy hunter gatherers who consumed mainly fat and animal protein and were completely free from the modern diseases we see today.
As a rule of thumb I stay away from absolutely anything marked, low fat, low sugar, healthy, diet, sugar free or natural.
These words are void and meaningless in the food industry, there are no regulations and basically any company can say something is natural, even if its loaded with MSG and artificial flavors.
3. Vegetable Oils Are Heart Healthy…
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