Healthy food myths

5 Myths About Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet is a lot more simple than fad diets and social media trends might have you believe! We've busted 5 common nutrition myths so you can keep making healthier choices.

Myth #1: Keto is the healthiest diet

The Keto Diet involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and choosing high-fat foods instead.

Without carbs, your body won't be able to reap the benefits of healthy whole grain foods such as oats, brown rice and wholegrain bread. These foods provide vitamins, antioxidants and fibre which helps keep your gut happy and healthy.

This means if you struggle with stomach problems, the keto diet may not be for you. What's more, if you enjoy fruit, an extremely low card diet might not be ideal. Many fruits such as bananas, apples and grapes are considered off-limits in a traditional keto diet due to their relatively high carbohydrate content.

Myth #2: All calories are created equal

Just cutting down on your caloric intake is a not a good choice if you want to promote your overall health. For example, skipping a meal of broccoli, rice and chicken so that you can have that 500 calorie piece of chocolate cake is not a wise decision. Not only does the chocolate cake have less nutritional value, it is also high in fat and sugar and is a lot more difficult for your body to use and digest.

Myth #3: There's no such thing as too much protein

Despite what sports nutrition ads may have you believe, there is such a thing as too much protein. Consuming too much can cause indigestion, strain your kidneys and be a source of excess calories which contribute to weight gain.

Calculate out how much protein you really need.

Myth #4: Kale is the only green you need

Kale has had superfood status for years, but there are other nutrient-packed choices for your salads too! In fact, mixing up your greens is great for your gut bacteria and overall health. Try Chinese cabbage, chard and watercress; a leafy green with 238 percent of you daily recommended dose of Vitamin K per 100 grams.

Myth #5: You shouldn't eat after 6pm

Have you heard this one before? It's a myth that calories count more in the evening! That said, eating late can sometimes make it harder to get to sleep. If you're struggling to wind down at night, try an earlier dinner for a better night's rest.

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