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Myths and Reality About Food – An Eye Opener

MYTHS AND REALITY ABOUT FOOD – AN EYE OPENER

It is interesting to observe how many food myths exist and how stubbornly people and many health professionals believe in them. Listed below are few common ones and their reality.

Myth: “Oh — get me sugar free as I m dieting!”
Taking artificial sweetener for long can lead to depressions, giddiness, diabetes in long run, cancers, gastritis, tooth decay, infertility, kidney damages and many more problems. So, instead from suffering, better to have sugar but in restricted amounts.

Myth: Cutting down fat completely from diet is important to loose weight
This is one of the deep rooted myths. Some vitamins like A, D, E, K are fat soluble, and can be absorbed by the body only in the medium of some dietary fat. Completely avoiding fats can also results in dryness of skin and high pigmentation.

Myth: Bananas, rice and potato are fattening
Although a banana is sweeter than an apple or orange, it has only 85 calories. Bananas are a wonderful source of potassium and contain valuable protein. Dieters report bananas are more filling than some of the other fruits, and they are also great for reducing constipation. Similarly, rice and potatoes are also essential in food as they are source of B-complex vitamins, fiber and amino acids. All these foods should be consumed but in wiser manner.

Myth: Want to lose weight munch like a cow—eat raw salads and sprouts.
Many of you must be shaking your head in disbelief, wondering how this age old myth can be challenged. Eating only limited food can lead to lots of deficiencies and also eating raw salads and sprouts can also sometimes be harmful and can lead to hyperacidity and joint pains. These foods are good but only be taken if it suits your body.

Myth: Idli-sambar, Dosa-sambar, dal rice are healthier options
Dieters opt for these kind of combinations presuming they are low calorie but these combinations can be deadly sometimes as they get too heavy for the body to handle, does not get digested easily and get stored as fat.

Myth: Idli-sambar, Dosa-sambar, dal rice are healthier options
Dieters opt for these kind of combinations presuming they are low calorie but these combinations can be deadly sometimes as they get too heavy for the body to handle, does not get digested easily and get stored as fat.

Myth: More the sweat, more the weight loss !
Exercise is a fabulous way and meant to relax, tone body and to improve stamina and not to lose weight. Over-exercise which is done to lose weight faster in most cases lead to frustration and injuries. Exercise should be done three to four times a week in moderation.

Myth: Stop eating- “Pop” in Calcium, Iron, B Complex tablets
Lot of dieters restricts their food intake and instead pop in tablets thinking that they are getting deficient in certain nutrients. While losing weight, all the nutrients should be consumed in natural form instead of tablets until and unless recommended by a Physician
Maximize your health by eating the right foods for your body. ‘One man’s food can be another man’s poison’ – it expresses the fact that the effect of food and drug upon the body differ greatly between individuals. How to eat right kind of food for your body without disrupting the regular eating habits can only be answered by the professional who can judge your body correctly and suggest you with right kind of food and their combination and not just a general low calorie diet plan as food can treat/control obesity, migraines, diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, acidity poor concentration and other medical ailments.

Harpreet Pasricha is a respected authority in the diet and health industry. She has been actively involved in the wellness space for years. Harpreet Eats, breathes and lives her fitness mantra, by promoting health and fitness as a way of life. Along with helping people to lose weight, she is also involved in, designing of special menus for people suffering from migraine, acidity, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and various other medical problems. Her aim is making the present day society understand the power of proper diet and regulated eating habits. She presents a holistic, integrated, set of ageless principles and timeless techniques solving various complex medical problems. Harpreet never fails to be amazed by the power of nutrition and has witnessed time and again how something as simple as understanding the importance of food can bring about huge, transformational changes in people’s lives.

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