When it comes to getting healthy, there are so many different fads and trends - some lasting and some not so much. With so much information flying around, it’s hard to know what is true and what isn’t. Do eggs raise cholesterol, or are they beneficial? And where do we stand on butter vs. margarine?
Certain things in life are more challenging than others, like staying true to your fitness routine or nailing that job interview - click here for more on that. And one of the biggest challenges is knowing the right foods to put in our bodies, especially with so many untrue facts floating around.
Reading about these 5 common food-related myths can help get started on the road to a healthier you.
You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Although drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your health, the common belief that you need 8 full glasses a day is not necessarily the case. Of course, 8 glasses is great, but it turns out as long as you drink when you’re feeling thirsty, you’re in the clear. Your body gets its hydration from sources other than water, such as fruits, veggies, and coffee.
Peel your fruits and veggies to eliminate bacteria
Some people believe that it is necessary to peel fruits and veggies before consuming them. This makes sense, especially when buying inorganic produce, since the use of pesticides while growing is common. But when you peel your product, you are actually getting rid of the most nutritious part.
The skins on fruits and veggies are loaded with essential nutrients. They also contain fiber, which is important for proper digestion. All you need to do to eliminate bacteria is to wash your pears and peppers before eating them.
Chocolate can cause acne
Although certain aspects of your diet certainly can lead to acne, chocolate is not one of them. Yes, if you are chowing down on Snickers and Twix bars all day you might see an effect on your skin. But pure chocolate containing nutritious cacao has lots of health benefits. So next time you stroll the candy aisle, feel free to buy a dark chocolate bar.
Spicy food can lead to ulcers
Eating spicy foods is not for everyone, but contrary to the popular belief they do not actually cause ulcers (ulcers are actually caused by an infection from a bacteria called H. pylori). Lots of spices commonly used in Asian foods - like turmeric and cayenne - have anti-inflammatory properties.
Eggs lead to high cholesterol
The debate over eggs has been ongoing for decades, and research is still inconclusive. But one thing is certain; eggs have so many health benefits, so the cholesterol debate should be overlooked.
Not only are eggs one of the most affordable sources of protein , but they are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, and vitamin-D. Just try to avoid eating fried eggs every morning, opt for hard-boiled, poached, or scrambled.