Fads come and go, but sometimes the myths persist – especially when it comes to nutrition. People have to rely on their own research because not everyone is a licensed dietician or chiropractor! How many of these nutrition myths do you still believe to be true?
After Your Workout, Protein Shakes are Best
The reason you are supposed to eat after you work out is to help your muscles to recover, which eventually leads to building muscle. That part is true, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a protein shake. Scientists in Brazil have found that green tea can also help to repair cells after exercise, and it has far fewer calories than a protein shake. Unless you’re training like Rocky or building up your physique for Mr. Olympia, there’s probably no need to down a protein shake after every exercise session. Try green tea instead.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is the Nectar of Evil
This is a myth that is found everywhere. If you ask the average person on the street if high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is worse than sugar, they’ll probably tell you it’s worse. Here’s the thing: HFCS and sugar are pretty much exactly the same thing and processed by your body in exactly the same way. Your body cannot distinguish between the two. It’s not a bad idea, however, to limit your intake of high fructose corn syrup, but cutting out sugar and HFCS altogether is not necessary.
Put Some Sea Salt on It
Sea salt has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years, and you may have even heard people promote its many benefits – especially if you use the fancy and highfalutin pink sea salt or black salt. The thing is – it’s still just salt. But what about all of the added minerals that sea salt contains, you ask? Well, those are found in such small amounts that you would have to add an unhealthy amount of salt to your diet to get any benefit from them, which would eliminate anything positive it offered. If you like sea salt then keep using it, but just know that it has no added health benefits.
Eat Like a Caveman
If you haven’t heard of the Paleo diet then, first of all, welcome to planet Earth. Second, if you think eating all the bacon and steak you can handle and still lose weight and be healthy is too good to be true, guess what? It is too good to be true because it’s demonstrably false. The best diet is always going to be one that balances lean protein and whole grains with fresh fruits and vegetables. So, forget the fad diets and just eat food that is good for you.
These are just a few of the persistent nutrition myths out there. If you hear about something new, don’t believe it at face value. Remember to do your own research and find out what is right for yourself.
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