While it’s great to learn lots of new information about nutrition so that we can always improve our health, there is also something to be said about unlearning what we’ve previously believed. There are many recommendations always popping into our lives through friends, family, or even our doctors. While some of it remains true, over time research can discover that what we had previously believed turns out to be a myth.
Pay attention to some of the latest nutrition myths to make sure you’re not still holding onto them. They can, after all, cause you to face bigger struggles and to make the wrong nutrition choices if you continue to cling to them. Consider the following nutrition myths that go against what many of us still believed until very recently.
- You should eat as much protein as you can – The saying “too much of a good thing” applies in this circumstance as well as virtually everything else. While high protein diets continue to be popular, the truth is that it is possible to eat too much protein. The right amount of protein is very good for you and can help you to reach your health, nutrition, fitness and weight loss goals. However, too much protein won’t do you any favors.
- Carbohydrates are bad – The popularity of the Atkins diet was all it took to give carbs a bad reputation. Even now that the Atkins diet has fallen out of favor, the poor opinion of carbs has managed to stick around. The truth is that carbohydrates are not your enemy. In fact, a certain amount of them can be very helpful to your health and to your weight loss at the same time. The key is to make sure you’re eating the right ones and in the right quantities.
- Organic foods are more nutritious and are the only way around pesticides – The “Dirty Dozen” list is published every year to tell you about the worst offenders among fruits and veggies high in pesticides. Among the foods on that list, you can choose organic to avoid dosing yourself with pesticides. That said, there are many fruits and veggies that are grown conventionally and that don’t expose you to pesticides. Some varieties with thick skins, for example, or that are naturally pest-resistant keep you free of pesticides without having to choose organic. In those areas, save your money. Moreover, research indicates that it’s very unlikely that you’ll gain any additional nutrition from choosing organic over conventionally grown produce.