This is a guest post compiled by Nnokwe Zubby for cliniconomy

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I think it’s high time we change our false belief on certain things. Over the years so many nutrition myths have cropped up from “God knows where” and it has blocked the ears, eyes and common reasoning of so many individuals, forcing them to believe and also live with false knowledge about the food they eat, the life they live and so many other things. The worst thing that can ever happen to a person is when he/she is not informed because when you are not informed, you are apparently deformed.

Lets take a look at some common nutrition myths and also the layed down facts to back it up.

Myth 1:
Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach; if it is eaten with other foods it can cause fermentation and rot in the stomach, affecting digestion

Fact:
Fruit can be eaten at any time and it can be eaten along with other foods. The body produces digestive enzymes for protein, fat, and carbohydrates which help it digest mixed meals. Besides, since the stomach has a high concentration of hydrochloric acid, bacteria is killed before it is able to reproduce so fermentation cannot take place in the stomach.

Myth 2:
You will get diabetes if you indulge your sweet tooth

Fact:
If you don’t have diabetes you don’t have to worry about treating yourself to your favorite chocolate cake and ice cream now and then. Sugar won’t directly cause diabetes but consuming excess “empty”calories from these goodies can lead to obesity, an important risk factor for diabetes.

Myth 3:
All the fat in fish is good fat

Fact: Only about 30 per cent of the fat in fish is “good”omega-3 fat (exact percentage varies depending on the type of fish). The rest of the fat in fish is a mixture of “bad” fat which raises your cholesterol, and fat which has no special health benefit and just adds to your calorie consumption. Tuna, for instance, has 23 per cent
“good” fat and 33 per cent “bad” fat while salmon has 27 per cent “good” fat and 16 per cent “bad” fat.

Myth 4:
Sweet cravings are due to a deficiency in your body

Fact:
You crave sweet foods, particularly when you are under stress, because these foods trigger the release of mood-enhancing compounds in the brain.

Myth 5:
A glass of wine every day is good for health

Fact:
Alcohol disrupts folic acid, a B-vitamin with anti-cancer properties, which puts women who drink every day at a higher risk forbreast cancer, compared with women who avoid alcohol altogether. Daily alcohol intake can also be damaging to the liver. However wine — especially red wine — contains antioxidant polyphenols which have beneficial effects against atherosclerosis(cardiovascular disease) and cancer. For non-drinkers, polyphenols are also found in dark chocolate, tea, pomegranates and blueberries.

Let us stop here for now, is there any nutrition myths that you feel should be scrutinized? put it down on the comment box let us tell you the fact concerning them.

This post was written by Nnokwe Zubby. He is a potential medical doctor and a blogger at zugenhub. He can be reached on Twitter @zubbygeneral or on Facebook.

1 COMMENT

  1. All those with Type 2 diabetes should be involved in some form of strength training, you can't just jump in full speed ahead with abandon. You need to be smart so you can keep your condition under control.

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