Four Big Myths and Superstitions about Eating

Would you like to change your diet? Or are you among the majority of people who eat everything and don’t ponder about the composition of their diet? Take a look at some general recommendations for our meals, whether they actually correspond to our customary ideas. Today let’s take a closer look at four widely spread myths about eating.

Myths and Superstitions about Eating

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Myth: The body needs salt, so cooking salt it is widely used while cooking.

Truth: The body really needs salt. A balanced diet, however, contains most of its daily needs (approximately 1,5 grams = about half a teaspoon). That should be the real maximum. Most processed foods contain excessive amounts of salt, which in such cases acts as a preservative and extends the overall durability of the food. Unnecessarily high salt intake causes high blood pressure and kidney burden.

Myth: Eating well means eating three hearty meals a day.

Truth: Eating well means something else. The moment we cram ourselves, our body reacts by creating larger storages of subcutaneous fat. The ideal daily dietary regime is to eat more often in smaller portions (approximately five to six smaller courses). If we abide to this model, we burn more calories, we don’t feel “stuffed” and tired (like after a big meal). Smaller meals mean less strain for our digestive system and smaller portions of food will also be more effectively absorbed and processed. Another important side effect of this is that the brain emits subliminal signals that there is actually enough of food, which also prevents overeating.

Myth: Eating well means having a proper, big breakfast.

Truth: In applying this principle, it is god to consider the following situations: When you climb out of the bed and start eating a breakfast immediately (or a short time after that), it’s better to enjoy a light breakfast, which gets our digestive system started. Before going on with the typical English breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, mushrooms, …), let’s look at where it originated – for example English farmers – who only after two hours of hard work between five and seven o’clock in the morning enjoyed their first meal. So it had to be nutritious and rich. So if you opt for a typical English breakfast, first try to do some physical activity after waking up. Don’t eat a big breakfast immediately.

Myth: Fat is harmful. Doctors tell us that fat is the cause of diabetes, blood vessel blockage, heart attacks, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Fat is also attributed to an increase in uric acid in the body, which contributes to the gout development, atherosclerosis and arthiritis.

Truth: Excess fat is harmful. A certain amount of fat is important for our body, same as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc. Especially important are unsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3 or omega-9), which can reduce bad cholesterol, promote the proper functioning of the digestive system and prevent vascular diseases.

 


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