3 Examples of Superstition Versus Scientific Nutrition

If you are concerned with your weight and overall health, chances are you are probably doing what you can to research which foods are better for you and how you can still enjoy life while losing weight and getting into shape. The problem is many food myths are prevalent, often setting dieters on the wrong path and, in some cases, hindering their ability to achieve their goal weight.

Here are some of the most harmful superstitions out there and a little scientific nutrition to debunk it:

  1. All calories are the same: If you are trying to lose weight by counting calories, it is important to understand that just because you are staying within your caloric limit does not mean you will be able to successfully shed some pounds. Why? Well, not all calories are created equal. For example, if you eat 400 calories of chicken, it is not the same thing as eating 400 calories worth of pastries or candy. The body uses and stores calories differently depending on the food’s macro profile and nutrients. For example, corn contains resistant starches, which are difficult to digest, making it difficult for the body to absorb calories. Lean protein sources have the same effect. As a result, your body burns off a fair percentage of the consumed calories during the digestion process. Added sugar, on the other hand, tend to leave you hungry, turn to fat, and ultimately leave you feeling frustrated.
  2.  Egg yolks raise your cholesterol: We have all heard that cholesterol is bad for us, but just as not all calories are the same, neither are sources of cholesterol. Egg yolk, for example, contains dietary cholesterol, which has nearly nothing to do with the serum cholesterol found in your blood. Eating eggs for breakfast can even decrease your calorie intake for the rest of the day, helping you achieve your goal weight.
  3. All carbohydrates are bad for you: We have all heard about the evils of carbohydrates, but the fact is that carbs are a necessary nutrition for a healthy diet. Of course, not all carbs are the same and you should be wary of simple versus complex carbs. Simple carbs, such as cookies and cakes, can be broken down quickly by the body and, as such are fast sources of energy. That said, you should limit your intake of them. Complex carbohydrates, however, take more time for the body to break down, which means you will get lower amounts of sugars released at a consistent rate.

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