7 Nutritional Beliefs That Are Wrong

Believe me when I say that you can’t believe everything you hear! With that in mind, lets look at some common nutritional beliefs that are just not true and may help you in planning a healthy, balanced diet.

Caffeine Causes Dehydration

Normal amounts of caffeine (the equivalent amount found in 1 cup of coffee or tea) are actually offset by the amount of water contained in the beverage and do not cause dehydration. In larger amounts (2-3 cups of coffee or tea per day), caffeine can cause dehydration – remember, everything in moderation!

Sugar Makes Children Hyperactive

Parents may not believe it, but sugar does not actually make children hyperactive! Numerous trials and studies have shown no difference between children ingesting sugar-full and sugar-free diets. However, caffeine certainly does make children hyperactive. That’s why when children drink soft drink and are hyperactive – it’s actually the caffeine doing that!

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Lack Protein and Calcium

In the same way as a well balanced omnivorous diet provides nutrients, a properly planned and balanced vegetarian or vegan diet contains the required amounts of protein and calcium for healthy adults.  Vegan and Vegetarian diets do lack vitamin B12 and supplements should be taken in order to make up for this.

Frozen Fruit or Vegetables Contain Less Nutrients than Fresh Fruit

Frozen fruit and vegetables often contain the same amount of nutrients as their fresh counterparts as they are usually packed and frozen within hours of being picked at the peak of their freshness when they are the most nutritious. As always, it is best to take care when buying packaged food as sometimes preservatives can be added that may outweigh any nutritional benefits.

Packaged ‘Fat Free’ Foods Aid Weight Loss

Products advertised as ‘Fat Free’ can often do as much harm to those trying to lose weight, as they commonly contain as many calories over all as their fatty counterparts. In place of fat, manufacturers often use large amounts of sugar or carbohydrates, completely offsetting the ‘fat free’ offering.

Skipping Meals Helps You Lose Weight

While many people believe that skipping a meal (usually breakfast) can help weight loss, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that people who skip meals tend to have a higher calorie intake overall, made up through eating larger amounts at other meals. On top of this, eating as close to waking up starts the metabolic process at the earliest possible time.

Carbohydrates Make You Fat

With many carb-free diets becoming popular, there is a belief that carbohydrates cause weight gain. In fact it is a high-calorie diet that causes weight gain, and while certain refined, simple carbohydrates contribute to an unhealthy diet, many carbohydrate rich foods such as brown rice, beans and vegetables are a vital source of fiber and other nutrients. On top of this, many people find carb-free diets harder to stick to due to their restrictive nature and result in less weight loss over an extended period.