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By Candice Robbertze

There is an amazing health blog called www.examine.com/blog

Examine.com not only helps us stay in the know on top health news so I wanted to share this article written by  them.

 

Myth 1: Bread/Carbs are harmful in any amount

Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in the media. Critics have been especially tough on bread, since it also contains gluten. In contrast to the reports claiming that any amount of gluten is universally dangerous, the evidence is more nuanced. Small amounts are more likely to produce symptoms in those with intestinal disorders, but in others the dose-response relationship for effects isn’t well studied. READ MORE>

The Truth: Carbohydrates have been vilified long enough. As long as you don’t overindulge and exclude other food groups, starches are not inherently harmful. While some are sensitive to wheat, the gluten isn’t necessarily to blame, and other foods may also be implicated.

Myth 2: Eggs (especially egg yolks) are bad for you

If there’s one thing the media is good at, it’s scaring you away from perfectly innocent foods.

Eggs have been demonized because their yolks, which are chock full of nutrients, also contain high levels of cholesterol. Though that sounds scary, eating food high in cholesterol doesn’t translate to increased cholesterol in your blood.

The actual research shows that unless you have a pre-existing condition, eggs are a fantastic source of protein, fats, and nutrients. Their association with cardiovascular disease is a myth.

The Truth: Eggs are a great source of protein, fats, and other nutrients. Their association with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol is severely overblown.

 

Myth 3: Red meat causes cancer

Absolute statements like this one are the nutrition myth’s best friend. Cancer is particularly difficult to discuss in absolutes. After all, almost everything we eat has the potential to cause cancer.

For example, antioxidants could both promote and hinder cancer growth, but the effect is usually too small to notice.

Some compounds, like polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), found in smoked meats, have been found to damage the genome, which is the first step to potential cancer. Current evidence suggests that red meat can pose a cancer risk for people with poor diets and lifestyle choices. If you don’t smoke, have a consistent exercise schedule, and eat your vegetables, red meat’s effect on cancer is nothing to worry about.

The Truth: The fears about red meat and cancer are exaggerated. Eliminating other risks of cancer, like smoking, and practicing healthy lifestyle choices will render the risks of red meat negligible.

 

Myth 4: Saturated fat is bad for you

The traditional way to lose fat for a long time was a low-fat diet. But just like eating cholesterol doesn’t directly increase your cholesterol levels, eating fat doesn’t make you fat.

The myth that saturated fat causes cardiovascular disease is not true. Food quality is what matters – there’s a big difference between eating a grass-fed steak and a fast food hamburger.

The Truth: Saturated fat itself will not lead to heart disease or cardiovascular disease. In fact, low fat diets shunning saturated fat are likely detrimental for testosterone production.

 

Myth 5: Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided

Most myths are rooted in a grain of truth. It’s true that people with salt-sensitive hypertension (SSH) should avoid salt because it raises their blood pressure.

A recent study however, suggests there is no association between salt consumption and hypertension, a condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure.

Instead, evidence suggests high body weight, as measured by BMI, is associated with elevated blood pressure.

The Truth: Salt intake isn’t associated with high blood pressure, except for people with SSH. Still, the average North American consumes double the recommended intake of sodium. Excessive sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues.

 

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Candice
About Candice
Owner and founder of Calorie Conscious. As a trained chef, and having experience in both Nutrition and fitness, Candice's has a passion for a healthier and fitter lifestyle for her clients, bringing about a new and healthier way to enjoy eating Gluten Free / Wheat Free and Low Carb Meals and Baked items.

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10 Awful Nutrition Myths Perpetuated by the Media