These are 3 health myths that you most likely got suckered into believing and you need to stop believing NOW!
Wow, it has been quite some time since I wrote a nutrition post. My beloved nutrition has fallen to the waste side now that I took a semester off. When I’m in school I am knee deep in fun, stressful, rip-your-hair-out, amazing nutrition information to share and feel so
exhausted inspired to share it with you! It’s an emotional roller coaster, can you tell?
Since I am a huge science and nutrition nerd I am always staying up to date with current medical and nutrition information that is constantly being updated and published. In my opinion, if it is not published in a medical journal it is NOT a credible source. Anyone who has a health-science degree will tell you that because it was burned in our brains and branded on our forehead. What you read in magazines is almost always a load of BS. My reaction is to immediately type a novel of a response for that individual and blast it all over social media but I always end up deleting it. I usually mutter something along the lines of, “idiots…” while shaking my head or “how do you make a living off publishing BS?!” All valid statements my friends.
I could rant on and on about the amount of misinformation that is out there so I will just skip to the nitty gritty and destroy 3 health statements that I am sure all of you have heard. They are myths and can leave your mind immediately.
1. “Muscle weighs more than fat.”
Okay, this one almost makes me angry. Why? It makes me question the average human’s intellectual capacity. We are talking simple math here folks. Claiming that ‘muscle weighs more than fat’ is like saying that 2 + 2 = 18. Unless you didn’t get past first grade, just stop it. One pound of fat is equal to one pound of muscle. LISTEN TO ME. One pound equals one pound. I get why you, your trainer, or that magazine article you read told you differently and I get it okay, I really do. Looking at the scale to find the number hasn’t changed even after a month of eating clean and being active is frustrating. Not only that but it makes you feel better to justify it by contributing your weight not changing to you gaining muscle. The only truth in comparing muscle to fat is that muscle requires less room in your body because the cells are striated and fat cells are bulky. When you lose weight you lose that bulky mass thus making you appear smaller than you once were. This is also why BMI is a poor representation of an individual. For example, a 250 pound man with 8% body fat is compared to a 250 pound man with 20% body fat. They are the same weight because one pound of fat equals one pound of muscle, however, their compositions are very different. Get it? Good.
2. “A 16oz cold-pressed juice has more sugar than 8 cookies!”
So use that excuse to eat 8 cookies then! Ay yai yai. Not all calories are created equal and neither is sugar. Yes, your body recognizes both fructose and sucrose as energy but it does not absorb them the same as can be evidenced here. Also, a 16oz cold-pressed juice if drank immediately after pressed will provide immense micro nutrient supplementation that can not be obtained in cookies. Cold-pressed juices do not have fiber meaning the body does not expend energy breaking down the fiber first while the nutrients are destroyed, making absorption of these nutrients a very quick process. Your beloved cookies are broken down at a slower pace therefore resulting in minuscule nutrient absorption. As always, excessive amounts of sugar have less than stellar effects on your body as you can read about here.
3. “I’m on a low-carb diet because carbs are bad for you.”
What? Clearly you have not taken an advanced human metabolism class and in my opinion everyone should be required to. Until then, let me school you quickly. I could seriously write an entire post on this whole carbs-are-the-enemy BS…maybe I will… Anyway, carbs are not the enemy. Your body needs carbs to thrive. In a nut shell, carbohydrates are converted to glucose which is your body’s #1 choice for energy and if not used the glucose will be stored as glycogen in your liver. It will then use your fat as energy but this is not an optimal source of energy and there are many parts of your body that are dependent on continuous supplies of glucose. But hey, who needs their brain, kidneys, red blood cells, and eyes right? Without going into too much organic chemistry mumbo-jumbo that will surely bore you, without carbohydrates aka glucose, your body goes into starvation mode and uses alternative metabolic paths that will drain your body and harm your organs. Period. The moral of this story? Carbs aren’t bad for you unless you are consuming bad carbs. White rice, white bread, processed sugars, desserts, pop, and candy are not the same as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The kicker? All I just mentioned are carbs. Your mind is blown at the fact that carbs are not just bread and sugar. 😉
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, and happy 2nd of December! If you’re like me you have gone into a Christmas frenzy and keep looking at your decorations and telling yourself you need more but you don’t!
For more nutrition facts and clarification, check out the following posts!
The Truth About Gluten – Discussing whether the hype is right about the gluten craze going on.
So, where do you get your protein? – Answering all vegans most annoying question that is asked of them!
Micronutrients: Vitamin C – teaching you all you need to know about this amazing little vitamin
Micronutrients: Thiamin – who knew you would ever need and want to know about Thiamin