When it comes to healthy eating, there are many myths and misconceptions that just won’t die. Some of them may be silly, while some others may be dangerous, because following them may lead to the results opposite to what you would expect (to the detriment of your health).
The funny thing is that most people who propagate them by trying to “educate” their friends have no idea why they need to follow these “guidelines” – they were just told to, at some point, by another friend, a popular magazine or even doctors, who got stuck in the last century and didn’t care to update their knowledge with the latest research.
Are any of these myths worth believing in? See for yourself!
Myth # 1: Low-fat food
For many years, caught in the semantics and mislead by mass media (and even some very authoritative sources), people have been equating dietary fat (the fat you eat) to body fat (the fat you store). The solution, in the age of prevailing heart disease and stroke and total cholesterol hysteria, seemed simple – remove fat from your food and you will be forever lean and healthy.
As it turns out – that’s not quite the case. In fact, the effect is often the opposite – if you get overzealous, you risk developing quite a few health problems.