Food & Nutrition Myths, You SHOULDN'T Believe

By Kirsty Duffield

Nutrition is a topic that can be hotly contested, however a lot of health experts agree that if you eat well you can do it in a really simple way and there's no need to get all confused with macros looking into proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The basic idea is that you make sure that you eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and minimal processed foods along with lots and lots of water.

What I want to do in this blog is go over some of the popular myths when it comes to food and what you should and shouldn't be eating.

1. The first biggest myth is that carbohydrates are bad and that you should avoid them. I know I have covered this in previous blogs but carbohydrates are actually really good for you. Carbohydrates can come in all different forms; fruit & vegetables have got carbohydrates in them and the usual form of carbs such as potatoes and pasta. Carbohydrates are actually required by your body to create glycogen which is actually what gives you energy so carbs are good for giving you energy, not only that when you have carbohydrates, especially from fruit and vegetables, they can reduce some risks of potential chronic diseases.

2. Breakfast is one of the most

important meals of the day, I am

pretty sure that everybody has

heard this in some variation or at

some at some point in their life.

Now yes breakfast is important

because it gets you started for

the day, but if you're not hungry,

don't eat.There's no point in

forcing yourself to eat. Generally

when you have breakfast it should

be good foods, things like eggs

which will keep you fuller for longer, fruit and yogurt or toast/crumpets which again keep feeling full because the carbohydrates are giving you energy so you can get your day started. However, if you are not hungry at seven o'clock in the morning then don't have breakfast and save your food for later on in the day.

3. It's a great big myth that if you snack during the day this is bad for you and bad for your metabolism. That's actually not true, if you are feeling hungry while you're at work or while you're out, snacking can be a really great way of actually curbing that hunger and helping you to stop binge eating when you do get to eat food.

The only thing you do need to do is to be aware of what you're snacking on. Obviously grabbing a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar is not going to be great for you but things such as fruit or nuts are all really good snacks that you can eat on a regular basis that will help you to just curb that hunger.

4. Frozen is bad! A lot of people suggest that eating fresh produce is the best way to eat any kind of fruit or vegetables, while this may be true because it's generally tastier, frozen produce can actually be more beneficial as they hold their nutritional value much better. As items of fruit and vegetables are picked from the field’s they are generally frozen straight away and so all that vitamins and nutrients and that healthy goodness is stored within them. Whereas if a fruit or vegetable takes week or so to get from farm to your cupboard once picked, then it's got a week of losing those valuable nutrients, so actually frozen produce can actually be more beneficial at storing nutrients.

5. Another missed message that I want to touch on is that low fat versions of any kind of packaged food is better for you. This always this isn't always the case, sometimes if foods are low in fat’s they are replaced with other things such as sodium or sugars so that they taste better. So when you are buying low fat or fat free versions of products be aware to actually look on the labels and make sure that even though it is fat free or low fat is not actually higher in sugar or sodium.

Be mindful about what you hear and listen to - question it if you are unsure and seek understanding from those who you hear 'food and diet facts' from.

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