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Top 10 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

Information and facts about what is healthy and what isn’t is pushed upon us from every angle. You only need to turn on the TV, read a magazine or hop on social media and you will be faced with a whole host of lies just like these!

  • Eating a diet high in protein causes kidney disease!
  • Eating fat makes you fat!
  • Sugar is just empty calories!

We all try to make healthy choices (most of the time!) and most of us will apply a mixture of what we read, what we see on the TV and what the so-called experts are telling us.

The problem with this is that much of the information we read is entirely incorrect! Many well known health beliefs are based on nothing more than a Google search... we believe these are the worst offenders!

1. Eating Protein is Bad For Your Bones and Kidneys

meatMany sources would have you believe that eating a diet that is high in protein causes osteoporosis and kidney disease. The reason for this comes from the fact that eating protein does increase the excretion of calcium from the bones, but only in the short term!

In the long term many studies show that a high protein diet actually has the opposite effect, and improvements are seen in bone health and a lowered risk of fractures. Several recent studies actually show there is no association with a high protein diet and kidney disease in healthy people.

In fact, eating a high protein diet can actually help the prevention of diabetes and high blood pressure, which are two of the main risk factors for kidney failure. In short, eating a high protein diet actually protects against osteoporosis and kidney failure.

2. Low Carb Diets Are Dangerous

Many so-called health professionals also tell you low-fat diets and calorie restriction is most effective to lose weight, even when there is significant evidence against that shows otherwise.

Low-carb and high fat diets have been shown to be a very effective way of losing unwanted body fat in many medical studies.Further benefits include helping to lower blood pressure and an increase in good HDL cholesterol.

3. Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You


Let's just start by saying that not all low-fat foods are the enemy. But quite a few are likely to come with a whole bunch of nasty stuff added that you certainly don’t want to be piling into your body.

When you take a product that is high in fat and remove it, you are usually left with something that resembles the taste of cardboard. Food manufactures then need to add something else to improve the overall flavour.

What do they add? Normally a mixture of refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup or heaps of artificial sweeteners and flavourings you would struggle to pronounce.

Sadly it’s often healthy natural fat that is removed and replaced with substances that are far worse for you. Don’t be fooled by low-fat claims... turn over the pack and check out the ingredients list!

4. Sugar is Unhealthy Because it Contains “Empty” Calories

We’ve news for you, sugar isn't just empty calories it's actually damaging your body!

Eating too much sugar affects the metabolism which leads to rapid weight gain and potentially metabolic disease. This is the resistance of the hormones insulin and leptin which could lead to obesity, metabolic syndrome and/or diabetes!

Probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet, sugar can also cause a relentless biochemical drive which basically means some people are unable to stop consuming it and get more and more fat.

5. High Fat Foods Will Make You Fat


Eat fat get fat sounds about right, but it's completely wrong. Despite being higher in calories than both protein and carbs, fat is an essential nutrient and definitely not the enemy.

Whilst it might sound crazy, lots of studies have shown that eating a diet high in healthy fats (and lower in carbs) can be much more effective than low fat diets for losing weight.

6. Eggs Are Unhealthy

Eggs have been demonised for centuries now because they contain cholesterol which has considered bad due to its relation with heart disease.

However, modern research has proven that the cholesterol found in eggs doesn’t raise cholesterol in the blood, but actually raises good cholesterol which is not associated with the increased risk of heart disease.

Sadly many people are still swapping healthy eggs for breakfast for bowls full of sugar-laden cereal, all due to the lies they have been fed.

7. Saturated Fat is Bad For You

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Decades ago a bunch of highly flawed studies and politicians decided that the heart disease epidemic was the fault of fat in our diets, in particular saturated fat.

This myth seems to have stuck around despite the evidence of new studies showing no association with saturated fat and heart disease what so ever!

In fact saturated fat from natural sources like coconut oil, red meat and dairy can increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and help make LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) less damaging.

8. Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories

The general mainstream view is that we should all be eating a low fat diet with 60% of our total calories coming from carbs. But high carb diets tend to be full of highly processed foods that are high in sugar with very little protein or fat.

Whilst those who are lean and active may get away with this, for the majority of the population a high carb diet is likely to lead to obesity. And for those who are already obese, or have metabolic syndrome eating a high carb diet like this is just downright dangerous.

The low-fat, high-carb diet for most often results in miserable failure. It has been proven repeatedly to be vastly inferior to lower-carb, higher-fat diets in many randomised controlled trials.

9. Meat rots in your gut

This statement is entirely false. Meat does not rot in your gut, or anywhere in your body.

We have been eating meat since time began, and our bodies are well equipped to digest and absorb all the beneficial nutrients found in meat.

The proteins and fats are broken down by powerful stomach acids and digestive enzymes in the small intestines.

They are then absorbed by the body and there is simply nothing left to ‘rot’ in your gut!

What’s the betting a bunch of pushy vegetarians came up with this nonsense?

10. Eat Many Small Meals Throughout The Day

This myth is often associated with the promise of an increased metabolism and more weight loss. The reality is that whilst the metabolism is slightly increased when we eat, it’s the total amount of food we eat in any one day that determines our weight and not how many meals we eat!

Studies have been done to test this and have shown on numerous occasions that there is no real difference between eating 6 small meals or 3 larger meals. In fact, being in a fasted state from time to time can actually be good for us.

When we don’t eat for a period of time our body performd a process called autophagy, which cleans waste from cells. It all comes down to choice... some people prefer to eat little and often which is fine, but if you are using it to aid weight loss then you might want to reconsider!

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