The Real Truth: 5 Nutritional Myths Busted!
When it comes to nutrition, there are so many myths, stories and diet trends circulating that it is hard to keep track of what is true. Here are 5 popular nutrition myths busted:
1. Carbs are fattening
False. Foods such as pasta, bread and potatoes are carbohydrates which are broken down by the body into glucose for energy. This is a great form of energy for the body and it is recommended that about half of our diet come from carbohydrates. As with any food, if you eat more than your body needs, the energy will be stored as fat and will cause weight gain. If carbs are enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, they are not fattening. It’s a good idea to incorporate wholegrain or wholemeal breads into your diet, as they are low GI and have long lasting energy.
2. Rock salt is better than table salt
False. All salt has the same effect on your body and over consumption can be bad for your heart and blood pressure levels, so it is best to consume sparingly. Processed foods such as bread, crackers and condiments have salt added to them, so most people will get their daily requirements of salt without adding any to food or meals.
3. Eggs are bad for your heart
Not entirely true. Egg yolks contain cholesterol, which is the fatty element in our blood that the body produces on its own. When we eat something high in cholesterol, the body compensates by producing less itself, hence eggs can be part of a healthy balanced diet. It is actually saturated and trans fats which are bad for the heart, but eggs actually have no trans fats and quite low levels of saturated fat. Check out The Heart Foundation for more information on recommended daily amounts of cholesterol.
4. Cooked vegetables have lost their nutritional value
False. The nutritional value of a vegetable will depend on how fresh it is and what conditions it has been kept. While some vegetables may lose nutrients through cooking, in others the nutrients can be released through cooking. For example, lycopene is an antioxidant found in red fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, which can protect the body against degenerative disease. By cooking tomatoes, lycopene is released and is able to be absorbed by the body.
5. Avoid dairy if you have cold
False. The rumour has been that milk and dairy food stimulates mucus production and blocks up the nose and throat. The creamy texture of dairy can leave a coating on the mouth and throat but this is not mucus and only lasts a short time. Dairy can provide an excellent source of calcium and minerals to the diet and Dairy Australia recommends 3 serves of dairy a day.
So now that those myths are busted, who’s hungry? If you are training for an event or if you have started a new running routine, it’s important to fuel your body. Here are 5 healthy recipes that will have you running to the shops to pick up the ingredients!