Diet Myths for Healthy Living

Many of us look for tips related to healthy diet so as to maintain a good health.

But the tips that we hear or read are not necessarily always for the best of our health benefits. Here are some common myths associated with our daily diets.

Myth 1:

The first myth I would like to mention is that potatoes and bread are fattening. Actually it’s just the opposite. Starchy vegetables and bread contains quality carbs needed to fuel every part of you, from your brain to your muscles. Problem starts when you them in excess. If you smear butter on a slice of whole-wheat bread or deep-fry potatoes go on a double, triple, or quadruple, then it’s obvious to add on the calories.

Myth 2:

The occasional burger and fries won’t kill you. If you do occasionally indulge, it doesn’t do much harm. But if that occasional means every Friday night, then it’s a matter of concern. But you can still balance it if you are taking vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and other nutritious fare most other days.

Myth 3:

Drinking a glass of water before a meal can curb your appetite. Water tames appetite if it’s incorporated into food, such as soup, or a thick drink, like V8 100% Vegetable Juice. Apparently, when water is bound to food, digestion is slower. But plain water doesn’t decrease your appetite.

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One Response to “Diet Myths for Healthy Living”

  1. jonnygetsfit Says:

    From what I understand, the main problem with starchy carbs (such as bread and potatoes) is the insulin response in the body. Just like eating simple sugar, starchy carbs produce a large & instant release of insulin. The main job of this hormone is to carry glucose to the cells. When the cells are full, any leftover glucose is stored in the fat cells (i.e. stored as fat).

    Our system evolved in such a way that normal insulin secretion and operation is stimulated from the carbohydrates we get from natural UNPROCESSED foods (e.g. fresh fruit & veg). The problem is that the modern human gets most of his / her carbs from processed foods (e.g. bread, pasta, etc – and by the way, we only started eating potatoes once we started heating food. In their raw state potatoes are poisonous. That is possibly a clue that our system is not designed to deal with starchy carbs).

    Our system has to release lots of insulin to deal with the sugar & starch in processed food and starchy food, and so we become flooded with insulin – this upsets the cells and they actually close their ‘doors’, stopping the glucose from entering. This glucose has to go somewhere to get it out of the blood, so the insulin carries it to the fat cells where it is stored as….FAT.

    When the cells close their doors – this is called ‘insulin resistance’. Classic signs of insulin resistance are that you crave carbs, and need to snack to fight off that hungry feeling (e.g. quick piece of toast & jam to get you through to dinner, reaching for the biscuit tin to get a ‘sugar-boost’, etc). This is because your muscle cells are not receiving enough glucose and so your body is telling you it needs more carbs.

    Therefore, you eat more & more carbs – and get fatter.

    Therefore, myth 1 is NOT a myth, but a truth. Starchy carbs and the carbs from processed food are not good quality carbs at all, and cutting them out will definitely aid weight-loss.

    Do you know what ‘fitness’ is? – see if your idea of fitness corresponds with mine: http://jonnygetsfit.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/what-is-fitness/

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