Before heading into the discussion about the various confusing information that surrounds nutrition, we must first understand what nutrition means.
Generally speaking, nutrition can be defined as the delivery of the required nutrients to the human body so that human health and life is maintained. The human body is made up of various chemical compounds which are, in turn, made up of various elements. These compounds and elements that make up the human body can be found in various forms and mixtures. To maintain a healthy mixture, a human body needs proper nutrition.
It is not a known fact, but a person can survive for 5 weeks without any food, but this time frame is dependent on the volume of water which is consumed by the person, the body fat, which is retained by the person, the mass of the muscles and several other genetic factors.
There are various myths surrounding the conventional methods of nutrition which have been debunked by modern medical sciences.
Top 5 Nutrition Myths
Myth 1. The fittest diet is a combination of low-fat and high carb diet mixed with a lot of grain. This might have been true several decades ago, but the recent advancement in medical sciences have proved that maintaining this kind of a diet neither causes any weight loss nor reduces the chances of heart diseases
Myth 2. In order to decrease the high blood pressure and heart attack, a salt-restricted diet should be maintained. This is one of the biggest myths about nutrition, which is still believed. There have been no conclusive medical studies that support this fact
Myth 3. Eating many small meals through the day will increase metabolism – This is not correct as studies have proven that eating a small meal have the same effect as eating two/three big meals
Myth 4. Egg Yolks contain high cholesterol and should be avoided. This is an advice which is given by many people. However, research has shown that cholesterol in the diet has minimal effect on the cholesterol in the blood for a majority of people. But, there are also some researched which have proved this myth to be true
Myth 5. Saturated Fat increases the LDL cholesterol level in the blood. This myth is actually the main foundation of many present diet guidelines. However, many research and reviews have found that saturated fat does increase the HDL/the good cholesterol level and changes the small particles of the LDL cholesterol to larger ones and this decrease the risk of heart attacks and heart diseases.
These are some of the well-known myths about the modern day diet and nutrition. All these myths have been debunked by modern medical science. Consult a proper nutritionist or a doctor before you go on a diet which is based on the above myths.