Although people are much better informed about healthy eating these days, there are still a number of food myths that hold credence. It is not uncommon for people to eat unhealthy foods or avoid foods that could be beneficial based on erroneous information garnered from food myths. Here are five common myths about the food on your plate, together with the facts that explode them.
Snacking is bad
Remember being told that snacking is bad for you, therefore you should avoid eating between meals? Well, that’s one generalization too many. If you are eating healthy snacks rather than junk food, snacking can be a great way to maintain a healthy weight, or even to lose a few pounds. Grazing on four or five small meals a day rather than eating three larger meals means you will rarely feel hungry enough to give in to temptation. Grazing helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels, and also boosts your metabolism, so you burn off fat more effectively.
Carbohydrates are bad for you
This is an argument put forward by low carb diet aficionados, but it’s wide of the mark. Refined carbohydrates such as white pasta and white bread are not particularly healthy, and could contribute to health problems such as diabetes when eaten in excess. Also, refined carbs have no long-term filling power.
However, some carbohydrates deserve a prominent place in your diet. Whole grain pasta and whole meal bread, beans, fruits and vegetables provide necessary filling power and fiber in your diet, as well as stabilizing blood sugar levels and keeping your heart healthy. Carbohydrates are good for you if you choose wisely.
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