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MISCONCEPTIONS
in nutrition
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MISCONCEPTION: Eggs are high in cholesterol and should be avoided!

For years people ate only the egg white which is the main source of protein and skipped the yolk which is rich in lutein (beneficial for our eyesight) and has a variety of vitamins and minerals. However, research has shown that contrary to what was believed cholesterol in food does not influence much the blood cholesterol. In fact, it is the saturated fat in our diet which plays a role in elevating cholesterol levels. For people who have no medical problems may consume a whole egg a day. However, those suffering from heart disease or diabetes should limit the egg yolks to not more than 3 per week. Choose eggs rich in omega 3 fatty acids to fight inflammation in the body and relieve mild depression.

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MISCONCEPTION: I can eat as much as I want from nutritious foods

Some people assume that since whole bread is healthier because it is higher in fiber, it should be lower in calories and hence tend to eat more of it. However, the truth is both types of bread have similar calories. Always choose bread which lists “whole grain flour” or “whole meal flour’ as the first ingredient and ‘bran’ as the second ingredient.

Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils available to us. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which is very important for heart health. All oils contribute similar calories which is around 126 calories per tablespoon, including olive oil.

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MISCONCEPTION: Low fat or fat free is always lower in calories
Many believe that since the label is fat free this implies that the product is much lower in calories than the original one. However, when the fat is removed the taste and texture of the food is compromised and to compensate for that sugar is normally added. When trying to get rid of excess kilograms stick with fresh produce and exercise portion control according to your body’s needs.
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MISCONCEPTION: The less food I eat the more weight I will lose on the long run

People suffering from being overweight or obese believe that the more restrictive the program is in terms of calories and the less food they consume; the more weight they will lose. However, following such low calorie programs for a long time will ultimately lower their metabolism. That means that on the long run they can no longer burn all the food they were eating and in return cause their weights to increase with time.