Common Nutrition Myths

shutterstock_25549402In our quest to live a healthy lifestyle, we try to get more information on what is healthy and what is not. Over the years, we tend to gather certain health tidbits that we think are true and factual. But some things do not really tell us the whole thing. In the end, we begin to believe some health fact that turn out to be a myth. When it comes to nutrition, there are a lot. Here are the common ones that you should know about.

“Going organic is better.”

True. Going organic may be better from the ecological point of view. It helps save the environment by doing away with pesticides and other chemicals during its cultivation. But from the nutritional standpoint, organic produce do not have any nutritional advantage over conventionally grown produce. The latter may contain chemical residues, but so far, the amounts are too minimal to cause any harm. Aside from that, the other difference is that organic produce may cost you more. If you are trying to follow a healthy eating habit but organic is just too expensive for you, you can try conventionally grown produce, especially the ones with the skin still on them such as apples and pears. They are just as nutritious.

“Less salt reduces your sodium levels.”

Many people think that cutting back on salt can reduce their sodium levels. It may up to a certain point, but it will not have a major impact than say, cutting back on processed food. Nine out of ten Americans consume more than the required 2,300mg of sodium daily. And contrary to common knowledge, people do not get most of it from salt. A majority of sodium people take in comes from the preservatives from processed food products. Many manufacturers use sodium to preserve food products. That is where people get around 90 percent of their sodium consumption.

“Brown eggs are better than the white variety.”

Many people think that brown eggs are more nutritious since they are more expensive than white eggs. But in fact, just like organic versus conventional-grown produce, they have the same nutritional value. The only difference is that these eggs come from different hen breeds.

“Raw vegetables are more nutritious.”

Natural raw vegetables are nutritious. However, when you say that they are not as nutritious when cooked may not necessarily be true. Recent studies indicate that cooking may help make vegetables more nutritious. For example, Cornell University researchers discovered that stewing tomatoes for half an hour increases their cancer-fighting lycopene content by 35 percent. So do not worry about cooking your vegetables. They are still nutritious, if not more. Aside from that, cooking can make them more palatable, making it easy for you to eat more servings.

 
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