10 Top Food Myths

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10 Top Food Myths : 

10 Top Food Myths That Sabotage Your Diet

Myth #1 – Fat Free Is Calorie Free. : 

Myth #1 – Fat Free Is Calorie Free. When you see the label “Fat Free” do you automatically think you’ll be saving calories? Not so. Read the label and you’ll find that low fat and no fat foods are loaded with sugar – and lots of calories. Remember – eat fewer calories than you burn and you’ll lose weight.

Myth #2 – Salad Is Always Healthy. : 

Myth #2 – Salad Is Always Healthy. Watch out for fast food salads. Wendy’s, Burger King, and McDonald’s salads tend to have high salt and fat contents. A big Mac has 540 calories and 1,040 mg of salt. A premium southwest salad with crispy chicken and dressing has 530 calories and 1,2060 mg of salt. The Big Mac is a healthier choice.

Myth #3 – More Protein More Muscle. : 

Myth #3 – More Protein More Muscle. The Mayo Clinic tells us that between 10 and 35 percent of your dietary intake should be protein whether or not you’re trying to build muscle. A well balanced diet will provide plenty of protein without adding supplements. One serving of Muscle Milk will add 220 calories to your intake. Wonder how you gained that last 5 pounds?

Myth #4 – Fresh Fruit. Not Dried. : 

Myth #4 – Fresh Fruit. Not Dried. Unless you’re looking for Vitamin C, dried or canned fruit will give you just as many nutrients and sugar (for energy) as fresh fruit. If you’re having a hard time getting your 5 fruits a day; a tablespoon of dried fruit equals one serving. Watch out for juice – limit it to 1 serving a day

Myth #5 – Eat Frequent Mini Meals. : 

Myth #5 – Eat Frequent Mini Meals. Eating six small meals rather than 3 large ones can be fine, but watch out. Small means --- Small. It’s too easy to let a small meal become a large meal. No matter how many meals you eat each day, you have to burn more calories than you take in to lose weight.

Myth # 6 – Eat Late, Gain Weight. : 

Myth # 6 – Eat Late, Gain Weight. It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. What matters is what and how much you eat & how much physical activity you do during the whole day. No matter when you eat, your body will store extra calories as fat. If you want to have a snack before bedtime, think first about how many calories you have eaten that day.

Myth # 7 – Carbs Are Bad. : 

Myth # 7 – Carbs Are Bad. Many foods high in complex carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, cereals, beans, fruits, potatoes, and yams) are low in fat and calories, and are important sources of energy. Keep portions reasonable and skip high-fat toppings like butter, sour cream, or mayonnaise.

Myth #8 – It’s Good To Skip Meals. : 

Myth #8 – It’s Good To Skip Meals. Studies show that people who skip breakfast and eat fewer times during the day tend to be heavier than people who eat a healthy breakfast and eat several times a day. This may be because people who skip meals tend to feel hungrier later on, and eat more than they normally would.

Myth #9 – Red Meat Is Bad. : 

Myth #9 – Red Meat Is Bad. Eating lean meat in small amounts can be part of a healthy weight-loss plan. Red meat, pork, chicken, and fish contain some cholesterol and saturated fat (the least healthy kind of fat). They also contain healthy nutrients like protein, iron, and zinc.

Myth #10 – Celery Burns Fat. : 

Myth #10 – Celery Burns Fat. No foods can burn fat. Some foods with caffeine may speed up your metabolism (the way your body uses energy, or calories) for a short time, but they do not cause weight loss.

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