Nutrition is a big, inescapable part of life. You are constantly engaging in nutrition whether you like it or not.
The question becomes. What is your nutrition doing for you?
Is it good nutrition or bad nutrition.
The answer to this question has plagued us over the decades as the advent of a new class of disease and health complications arose in the modern era.
These diseases are called metabolic syndrome.
You may be quite familiar with the jumble of nutritional novelties.
Keto this, vegan that, gluten-free everything.
It seems nowadays, just as with religion and nationality, everyone has “their diet”.
It may seem a bit ridiculous when you notice how far some people take their dietary preferences as an ideological stance or a form of identity, but we have to accept that food is a new religion.
Just like any old religion, it all came to pass through the need and desire to rectify irregularities and missteps in the way we are eating, as indicated by the aforementioned metabolic diseases.
Science has also revealed many ways of eating that not only prevent disease but also optimize the quality of life.
The combination of nutritional info that both aims to treat poor health, save the planet and enhance one’s quality of life provided an opening for a burgeoning industry in novelty foods.
Foods tailored to each preferred dietary lifestyle and a horde of proponents influence all the different trends.
The problem is, amidst all this, there seems to have been a massive amount of misinformation going around and muddying the waters of good nutrition.
In this article, we’re going to look at a few nutritional myths and debunk them with the facts you need to know.
Sugar has gotten a bad rap over the last decade or so.
Replacing fat as the fall guy for everything wrong with the modern diet, sugar is not without its flaws.
In fact, sugar truly is ground zero for metabolic syndrome. A chronic excess in blood glucose is the leading risk factor in conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.
But the truth is, it’s not sugar’s fault. It’s how we use and consume sugar that leads to us experiencing such negative health consequences.
Sugar is a naturally occurring nutrient. It is a carb. Its molecular structure means it was specifically designed to provide living cells with energy.
In its natural state, plant bound and accompanied by fiber, sugar is healthy in reasonable amounts.
The problem is the industrialization of the food preparation process has to lead to processed or refined sugar as well as an overuse of sugar in general.
This consumption overdrive of unadulterated nutrients like sugar is where the concern is.
In moderate quantities and in its more natural, unrefined forms, sugar is quite good for you.
The gluten-free frenzies once swept the globe like a hurricane. Although the hype has died down, the gluten-free movement still has a firm grip on the reality of food marketing.
Many people have adopted a gluten-free way of life, but is it all necessary?
There exists in the human population, a few of us with a gluten intolerance such as celiac disease.
This allergic disposition makes gluten, a protein found in wheat, extremely irritating at best.
The thing is, this is just some people. Not everyone is sensitive to gluten, but the culture around gluten-free living would suggest a global pandemic you need to be wary of.
If you don’t have celiac disease or any other gluten sensitivities, you don’t need to forgo wheat or any other gluten-rich grains.
Calorie counting or calorie math seems to be the go-to method for determining how much one should eat in order to achieve specific weight management goals.
If you want to lose weight, you should burn more than you eat, if you want to gain, you should eat more than you burn.
But are the figures you’re using reliable?
Well, if you’re relying on food labels as energy guidelines, you might be shocked to know that a lot of that info is super inaccurate.
Nutritional labels are there for one reason, its illegal not to have them.
So the only real attention to detail a lot of them have is just making sure there’s a label at all.
The reason why getting solid info from these is a gamble is that food changes in its nutrient profile as it goes through processing and is subject to the aging process.
The food nutrient profile is also affected by how the raw ingredients were handled and grown prior to processing or packaging and distribution.
A can of tuna likely won’t have the same energy value as a fillet of fresh-caught tuna. An unripe banana doesn’t hold a light to the energy value of a ripe one.
The quest for a miracle weight loss solution has existed since the dawn of the dieting revolution of the late 60s.
Silver bullet solutions for minimizing body fat have been sold and bought countless times, but have they worked?
Probably not, some can be effective, but none are useful.
That’s because of a lot of these teas and diet pills, at least the ones that do something, work by shocking the system into rapid, unnatural weight loss.
Diuretics and laxatives, basically put your body in shock, forcing a reduction in water weight are the key active ingredients in most of these miracle fat burners.
When this happens, you’re essentially making yourself sick. the recovery process will lead to a rapid regain of the weight loss, and boom, back to square one.
A healthy weight loss program implemented over time is your best foot forward.
Our food governs a large portion of our lives. It’s therefore fair to understand that getting nutrition right is a mad scramble and everyone is looking for answers.
Amidst the chaos, some incorrect information is bound to be fed in. do your research and also consult a registered dietician in order to understand what works for you.