The Jar Essentials: 5 myths about nutrition you need to FORGET today
Updated: Jan 20
To create a healthy relationship with food, we need to unlearn a diet culture that prioritises looks over health!
In other words, we need to create Diet 2.0 - and finally debunk diet myths, which can have long-term negative effects on our bodies.
The Jar Healthy Vending is here to cover a few of them.
MYTH №1 Eating after a certain time causes you to gain weight.
Let's put it that way, eating high calorie foods (especially those which can't be categorised as healthy in general - think ice cream, white bread sandwiches or chocolates) close to bedtime can cause indigestion, bloating and sleep issues. Which eventually lead to unhealthy habits the next day.
However, you can still grab and apple or a yoghurt after 6 pm. In fact, your body would even appreciate it.
What matters most is how much you eat, what you eat, and how much physical activity you get throughout the day.
Carbohydrates are bad
Carbohydrates are the number one enemy in the diet world, and for no reason at all. In fact, carbohydrates are essential for health. We need them to support basic functions such as brain function and breathing. In particular, they provide us with energy and fiber, and also make it possible to exercise during a workout. Therefore, a significant restriction of their consumption can adversely affect overall health.
Eat smart carbs - such as grains, wholegrain bread, oats, starchy vegetables.
Fatty foods are unhealthy
Foods such as nuts, oily fish, avocados, and olive oil are almost all made up of fat. However, all of these products are practically the essential components of any healthy eating plate. For example, Harvard Eating Plate, which we also covered in our blog. These food contain high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids and essential fatty acids. These acids are good for the heart and have anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, incorporating healthy fatty acids into your diet is a healthier option than eating low-fat foods.
So, oily fires - not good. Unsaturated fatty foods - amazing.
Juice detoxifies the body.
It is very common to see advertisements for juices and teas on social media claiming that they “cleanse” the body and help you lose weight through “detoxification”. But this distorts the role of fluids in the body. Juices do not stimulate the body to eliminate toxins, because the body already does it naturally through the liver and kidneys.
Instead of drinking the advertised juice or tea, it's best to include more water in your diet to boost your body's ability to naturally detoxify.
However, drink some juices for other benefits to replenish vitamins or get energy throughout the day, for example.
The idea that sugar causes weight gain is a very common myth. Any weight gain from eating sugar is no different from gaining it as a result of an overabundance of fats or proteins.
It's important to let go of external rules and listen to your body's signals in order to make decisions about when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat in order to feel your best.
Read more about sugar myths here.
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