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National Nutrition Week 2021: Common myths about food and nutrition busted


New Delhi: If there is a piece of information, there will be a myth associated with it. Myths are often a part of a culture that has been passed on from one generation to another and are treated as the truth. Just like any other topic, there are various myths about diet and nutrition floating around in the vast space of information. Misinformation regarding matters that concern the body can be dangerous as it can directly, or indirectly affect health. But with advancements being made in science, we are moving closer towards the truth every day. This National Nutrition Week, let us bust some common myths regarding food and nutrition.

Nutrition myths and facts

Here are some common myths and facts about food and nutrition:

Myth: Eat fewer calories, lose more weight.
This is one of the most common myths among people practising a weight management diet. Calories help the body provide energy and unhealthy calorie restriction can cause a prolonged state of being fatigued and low on energy. To avoid this from happening, it must be ensured to consume a healthy amount of calories throughout the day. It must be kept in mind that starvation and mindless calorie consumption must be evaded.

Myth: Flush your favourite foods down the drain to keep up with your diet plan.
Following a diet plan does not require you to give up on your favourite food items. Yes, you heard it right. You can still eat pieces of cake, pizza, and fries and stay healthy. What is the catch, you ask? Make sure that you are mindful about the portion and frequency of what you are consuming.

Myth: Trust the food labels.
It is often advised to carefully assess the food labels before buying the product. However, little do people know that these food labels can be extremely misleading. The nutrition facts mentioned on the packaging is often for portions smaller than the standard serving size. This can trick the customers into buying and consuming more calories, salt, and sugar than required.

Myth: Red meat is bad for health.
Do you avoid eating meats such as beef, goat, or pork because someone told you that they are unhealthy? It is time to come out of your bubble of misinformation and Each food has its shortcomings that mostly surface due to overconsumption. Red meat is a rich source of protein, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients. Consuming a moderate amount of properly cooked red meat can benefit the health just the same as lean meat.

Myth: Supplements can compensate for food nutrients.
Nothing can compensate for the nutrition from foods, not even supplements. Contrary to supplements, food varieties have the ability to provide the body with a wide range of nutrients that can aid holistic health. The use of supplements has grown prominent lately among working professionals due to the hectic work schedule, however, it must not be used as a replacement for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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