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Top 13 Nutrition Lies That Made the World Sick and Fat

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Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense.

The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat.

1. Eggs Are Bad for Your Health

Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.” The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken.

However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.

But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol. Food , Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Food & Dining, India, Health, Health(India), India ( health), science, science(India), lifestyle , culture , food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, food, food & dining,cool stuff, DIY, cooking, food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, recipes, Food Canada, Food UK, cool stuff, DIY, breakfast, baking, chocolate, dessert, kitchen, cake, how to, bread.

Despite all the warnings about eggs in the past few decades, studies show that they are NOT associated with heart disease.

If anything, eggs are pretty much a perfect food for humans. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants that protect the eyes.

They are also an excellent source of Choline, a nutrient that is very important for the health of the brain and about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of.

Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to a breakfast of bagels.

2. A Calorie Is a Calorie

It is often said that the only thing that matters for weight loss is “calories in, calories out.” The truth is that calories matter… but the types of foods we eat are just as important.

That is because different foods go through different metabolic pathways in the body (14).

Additionally, the foods we eat can directly impact the hormones that regulate when and how much we eat, as well as the amount of calories we burn.

Here are two examples of why a calorie is NOT a calorie:

Protein: Eating protein can boost the metabolic rate and reduce appetite compared to the same amount of calories from fat and carbs. It can also increase your muscle mass, which burns calories around the clock.
Fructose vs glucose: Fructose can stimulate the appetite compared to the same number of calories from glucose.
Even though calories are important, saying that they are all that matters when it comes to weight (or health for that matter) is completely wrong. Food , Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Food & Dining, India, Health, Health(India), India ( health), science, science(India), lifestyle , culture , food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, food, food & dining,cool stuff, DIY, cooking, food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, recipes, Food Canada, Food UK, cool stuff, DIY, breakfast, baking, chocolate, dessert, kitchen, cake, how to, bread.

3. Saturated Fat Is Unhealthy

For many decades, people have believed that eating saturated fat can increase the risk of heart disease.

In fact, this idea has been the cornerstone of mainstream nutrition recommendations.

However, studies published in the past few decades prove that saturated fat is completely harmless.

A massive study published in 2010 looked at data from a total of 21 studies that included 347,747 individuals. They found absolutely no association between saturated fat consumption and the risk of heart disease.

Multiple other studies confirm these findings… saturated fat really has nothing to do with heart disease. The “war” on fat was based on an unproven theory that somehow became common knowledge.

The truth is that saturated fat raises HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. It also changes the LDL cholesterol from small, dense LDL (very, very bad) to Large LDL, which is benign.

There is literally no reason to fear butter, meat or coconut oil… these foods are perfectly healthy!

4. Eating a Lot of Protein Is Bad for Your Health

Many people believe that eating a lot of protein can damage your bones.

While it is true that increased protein can increase calcium excretion from the bones in the short term, the long term studies show the exact opposite effect.

In fact, eating more protein is consistently associated with improved bone density and a lower risk of fracture in old age.

This is one example of where blindly following conventional nutrition advice will lead to the exact opposite result.

Another myth is that protein increases strain on the kidneys and contributes to kidney failure.

The reality is a bit more complicated than that. Although it is true that people with established kidney disease should reduce protein intake, studies in healthy individuals show that protein is perfectly safe.

In healthy individuals, protein actually reduces two of the main risk factors for kidney disease… which are diabetes and high blood pressure .

Eating a high protein diet has many other benefits, including increased muscle mass, reduced body fat and a lower risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease. Food , Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Food & Dining, India, Health, Health(India), India ( health), science, science(India), lifestyle , culture , food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, food, food & dining,cool stuff, DIY, cooking, food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, recipes, Food Canada, Food UK, cool stuff, DIY, breakfast, baking, chocolate, dessert, kitchen, cake, how to, bread.

5. Everyone Should Be Eating “Heart-Healthy” Whole Wheat

Commonly mistaken as a health food, evidence is mounting that wheat can contribute to various health problems.

Yes… this includes “heart-healthy” whole wheat.

Wheat is the biggest source of gluten in the diet. New studies are showing that a significant percentage of the population may be sensitive to it.

In sensitive individuals, gluten can contribute to various symptoms like digestive issues, pain, bloating, stool inconsistency, fatigue and may damage the lining of the intestine .

There are also some controlled trials associating wheat gluten with various disorders of the brain, including schizophrenia, autism and cerebellar ataxia.

Not only that… but a controlled trial in humans showed that whole wheat increased various risk factors for cardiovascular disease in as little as 12 weeks.

Even though whole wheat is “less unhealthy” than refined wheat, the best choice would be to skip the wheat altogether.

6. Coffee Is Bad for You

Coffee has gotten a bad reputation in the past.

It is true that coffee can mildly elevate blood pressure in the short term.

However, long term studies show that coffee may actually reduce your risk of some serious diseases.

Coffee drinkers:

Have up to a 67% lower risk of Type II diabetes
Are at a much lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Have up to an 80% lower risk of liver diseases like cirrhosis
Caffeine also helps to mobilize fatty acids from the fat tissues, boost metabolism and increase exercise performance by an average of 11-12%.

Many studies have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, showing that it can improve mood, memory, reaction time, vigilance and overall brain function.

You may be surprised to hear that coffee is also loaded with antioxidants. In fact, it is the biggest source of antioxidants in the modern diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables, combined.

If you’re sensitive to caffeine or it tends to disrupt your sleep, then green tea has many of the same health benefits but a smaller amount of caffeine. Food , Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Food & Dining, India, Health, Health(India), India ( health), science, science(India), lifestyle , culture , food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, food, food & dining,cool stuff, DIY, cooking, food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, recipes, Food Canada, Food UK, cool stuff, DIY, breakfast, baking, chocolate, dessert, kitchen, cake, how to, bread.

7. Meat Is Bad for You

Blaming new health problems on old foods has never made sense to me.

One example of that is meat… which humans have been eating throughout evolution, for millions of years.

For some very strange reason, many people are now blaming meat for diseases like heart disease and type II diabetes, which are relatively new.

This doesn’t make much sense at all and the studies don’t support it.

While it is true that processed meat is associated with all sorts of diseases, the same is not true for unprocessed red meat.

A massive review from 2010 that looked at data from 20 studies with a total of 1,218,380 individuals revealed that unprocessed red meat had no significant association with either cardiovascular disease or type II diabetes.

Other studies that included hundreds of thousands of people agree with this… processed meat is bad, but unprocessed red meat is harmless. Food , Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Food & Dining, India, Health, Health(India), India ( health), science, science(India), lifestyle , culture , food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, food, food & dining,cool stuff, DIY, cooking, food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, recipes, Food Canada, Food UK, cool stuff, DIY, breakfast, baking, chocolate, dessert, kitchen, cake, how to, bread.

Even though some observational studies have found a link between meat consumption and cancer, review studies that look at the data as a whole show that the effect is weak and inconsistent.

If there really is an association between red meat and cancer (which has NOT been proven) then it is most likely caused by excessive cooking, not the meat itself. For this reason, it may be important to avoid burning your meat (66Trusted Source).

Also, let’s not forget that meat is incredibly nutritious. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, quality proteins, healthy fats and various lesser known nutrients that are important for the body and brain. Food , Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Food & Dining, India, Health, Health(India), India ( health), science, science(India), lifestyle , culture , food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, food, food & dining,cool stuff, DIY, cooking, food & dining, cool stuff, DIY, recipes, Food Canada, Food UK, cool stuff, DIY, breakfast, baking, chocolate, dessert, kitchen, cake, how to, bread.

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