Nutrition advice is passed around by everyone, and it’s tough to parcel through it and figure out what’s true and what isn’t. Here are some common myths about nutrition and diet that need debunking.
Carbohydrates are bad for a diet
Carbs do not cause weight gain, and in fact, researchers have found that people with the highest intake of carbohydrates tend to have the lowest overall intake of calories and are more likely to be at a normal weight.
The trick is to eat complex carbs (whole grains, legumes, vegetables) instead of simple carbs (sugar, processed wheat). They will help you stay full longer, which will cause you to eat less throughout the day.
Eating right before bed causes weight gain
The common rule of thumb is to stop eating at least an hour before you go to bed. However, researchers have found that this rule is not true. The most important thing is that you manage your total daily intake of calories.
It is true that you burn fewer calories when you sleep, but that doesn’t mean you’ll gain weight if you eat something right before bed. Overeating is overeating, regardless of when you put the food in your mouth. Manage your total daily intake of calories and you will be fine.
You will lose the weight you gain during the holidays
It’s easy to gain weight over the holidays — who doesn’t love to divulge in some delicious Christmas cookies? Most people believe that they will lose the holiday weight after January 1st when they make their New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, more times than not, the weight gain from the holidays becomes permanent as New Year’s resolutions are quickly forgotten. So make sure to monitor your weight this holiday season, and don’t expect that you can burn what you gain off in 2011.
Frozen vegetables contain fewer nutrients
Most frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen at peak ripeness, so whether or not you’re getting more nutrients from fresh or frozen depends on what season it is and where you live. If the fruit or veggie you want is in season where you live, always go for that. Otherwise, off-season fruits and veggies have to travel long distances to get to you, and each day of travel equates to nutrients lost, so it’s better to opt for the frozen variety.
The “5-second rule” is legit
This one is pretty intuitive. If you drop something that’s sticky or wet (ice cream, sliced turkey), it will pick up a ton of bacteria from the floor. If you drop something dry (cookie), it’s probably safe to eat when you pick it up.
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