These days there are so many health myths going around, especially on the internet. That makes it hard to discern what is true or not, as some of them do sound credible. Many health myths that sound true have been passed down for centuries, and have no basis medically or scientifically.
Here are a few of the more common health myths that are best ignored.
Eating fatty food always causes weight gain
The most common health myths is that eating fatty foods will result in weight gain. This is not true of all fats; there are healthy fats and not so healthy fats. Fat won’t make you fat unless you eat too much, especially bad fats, such as French fries. If you have no underlying health issues that cause weight gain, you will only gain weight if you consume more calories than you burn.
A moderate amount of fat is necessary as part of a healthy diet. Men need 30 grams, and women 20 grams, of saturated fat per day to maintain optimum health. Fats like coconut oil, avocado, and olive oil contain many healthy nutrients that will help you to live longer, stave off obesity, and lower your risk of developing heart disease.
A low-fat diet is good for your health
As previously stated, a certain amount of fat is needed to stay healthy. Many people have been deceived into thinking that low- and no-fat equal healthy, and that a low-fat diet will achieve good health. However, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K can’t be absorbed by the body unless there is enough fat present. Degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis are the consequence of a long-term low-fat diet that causes vitamin deficiencies.
In addition, many foods advertised as low-fat have added sugar to improve the taste. Many people assume they can eat as much of these foods as they want. However, the excess sugar will cause weight gain and multiple other health problems.
Bananas make you fat
Another common myth is that bananas will increase your stomach size. Not only are bananas a low-fat food, but an average-sized banana also contains only 150 calories. They are a nutritious snack full of potassium, fiber, and vitamins C and B6, although they do contain a lot of sugar. If eaten in moderation, they won’t cause any weight gain.
Eggs are bad for your heart
You shouldn’t eat egg yolks. They’re full of cholesterol and will cause a heart attack. This may be what you hear all the time, but it is far from the truth. You can safely eat at least one egg per day and not worry about high cholesterol . Assuming you are in good health, the cholesterol in one egg yolk won’t raise your blood cholesterol level much. Your body will simply manufacture less cholesterol to compensate for the amount consumed in your food. Eggs may lower your risk of heart disease, as they contain nutrients and omega-3 oils. High blood cholesterol and clogged arteries are mostly caused by saturated and trans fats. A large egg contains only 2 grams of saturated fat and no trans fat at all.
Reading in dull light will hurt your eyes
At most, reading in dim light can cause eyestrain or a headache, as your eyes have to work harder than they do in a brighter light. In the days before the use of electricity, people had to read, write, and sew by candle or lamp light, and did no damage to their eyes. When doing close work at night, have the light shining on your work from the front of you, and not from over your shoulder, to compensate for a dull light.
Margarine is healthier for you than butter
The truth is you should avoid all margarine, as butter is better for your health. Butter is natural and margarine is not. Butter supplies you with vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as trace minerals and fatty acids necessary for many of your body systems to function. Margarine is made from vegetable oils that are heated to extremely high temperatures, which cause it to become rancid. Nickel catalyst and hydrogen are added to make it solidify. Deodorants and coloring are added to cover the bad odor and the gray color of the raw margarine. Does this concoction sound like something you’d choose to eat instead of butter?
Artificial sweeteners are better than sugar
Many food products are marketed as containing no added sugar, or zero sugar, or as “diet foods.” Most foods that don’t contain natural sugar or fruit will most often be sweetened with artificial sweeteners instead. Long-term use of artificial sweeteners can damage your health. The most common artificial sweetener is aspartame, marketed under the names of Equal and Nutrasweet, and has been linked to multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Sugar also causes its fair share of health problems, but at least it is still a natural product. Stevia, a natural plant product, is a safer alternative to both sugar and aspartame.
Scientific research has debunked many heath myths. If you are serious about maintaining your good health, continue reading and learning. However, if you are concerned that you have a serious disorder, it is imperative that you consult your doctor to get a professional diagnosis and treatment.