Food and Drink: 5 Common Myths Explored!
1. “Eating before bed will make you fat”
If you work long hours or have a lifestyle that forces you to eat later, you’ve probably questioned this myth before. Fortunately, most experts agree that a little overnight indulgence won’t necessarily cause you to gain weight. Food is metabolized in the same way regardless of the time of day, the current consensus among dietitians is that you should consider all food intake over a 24 hour period. In some cases, this could even extend to 72 hours, as certain foods take a surprising amount of time to be fully absorbed by our digestive system.
2. “Nuts are good for you”
Despite being packed with vitamins and minerals, nuts are known to be high in fat, does this mean you should avoid them? Assuming you don’t have a nut allergy, the answer is no. The fats found in nuts are known as “unsaturated fats” or “good fats”, this is because they can actually improve your health! Studies show that people who eat walnuts are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Their high fat content also makes them great for snacking when a little extra energy is needed.
3. “Your blood cholesterol increases when you eat eggs”
This is not actually true, blood cholesterol levels are determined by the body’s own production, so as long as you are not suffering from high cholesterol, it is okay to add eggs to your daily routine. They are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, which means they can be a great addition to any balanced diet.
4. “Drinking coffee makes you lose fat”
This is a common myth that is often misunderstood. It is true that the concentration of fatty acids in the blood increases after a caffeine intake, however, it does not necessarily mean that the body is consuming more fats. The main benefit of coffee (besides the taste!) Is the energy boost it provides, if you can use this to exercise for longer you should definitely see an increase in fat loss, as long as you have a well balanced diet.
5. “Carbohydrates make you fat”
The body stores fat when you consume more calories than you expend, your food choices have an impact on your overall health, but fat storage is governed by this principle. So in theory, you could lose weight on a potato chip diet as long as you consume fewer calories than you burn. Unprocessed whole foods like rice and potatoes are the best source of carbohydrates, as they take longer to digest, so you will be fuller for longer.