12 Nutrition Myths that Made Us Fat


Health Fitness Revolution came across a great article and wanted to share the information with you!

Here are 13 Nutrition Myths that were not only completely wrong, but also may have hindered our health, and our waistlines:

Myth 1: Eggs are Bad for you.

Truth:  Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can even help you lose weight.

Myth 2:  All Calories are created equal. A calorie is a calorie.

Truth:  All calories are not created equal, so fill your body with nutritious calories. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.

Myth 3:  Saturated Fat is Bad for You

Truth:  New studies show that saturated fat does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It raises the good cholesterol and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype.  There is literally no reason to fear butter, meat or coconut oil (read our list of the healthiest cooking oils here)… these foods are perfectly healthy!

Myth 4:  Eating a lot of protein is bad for your health

Truth:  Studies show that protein has positive effects on bone health in the long run and does not raise the risk of kidney disease in healthy individuals. Eating a high protein diet has many important health benefits including increased muscle mass, reduced body fat and a lower risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease

Myth 5:  Whole Wheat is Healthy for everyone.

Truth: Whole wheat is very healthy as we wrote in an article here, but only if you are not gluten-intolerant (here is our article about signs that you may be gluten-intolerant).

Myth 6: Coffee is bad for your health

Truth:  Coffee contains very large amounts of antioxidants. Studies show that coffee drinkers are at a much lower risk of developing many serious diseases.  Moderation is key with coffee consumption.

Myth 7:  Meat is bad for you

Truth: Studies show that unprocessed red meat does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. There is a very weak association with cancer, but most likely caused by excessive cooking and not the meat itself.

Myth 8: The Healthiest Diet is a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet

Truth:  So false! The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective in numerous studies and through personal experiences.

Myth 9: Refined Seed- and Vegetable Oils Are Healthy

Truth:  Stick to natural oils in our list here.  Excess consumption of refined seed- and vegetable oils can increase inflammation in the body and dramatically raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Myth 10:  Low-Carb Diets Are Ineffective and Downright Harmful

Truth:  These are actually very healthy diets and lifestyle choices.  Low-carb diets are the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is a scientific fact at this point.

Myth 11:  Sugar is unhealthy because it is empty calories.

Truth:  Sugar is unhealthy because of much more than unhealthy calories, as we wrote about in an article here.  The harmful effects of excess sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar can have severe adverse effects on metabolism, leading to weight gain and many serious diseases. Here are Tips to Quitting Sugar This Week.

Myth 12:  Fat Makes You Fat

Truth: Despite fat having more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrates, diets that are high in fat do not make people fat.  This depends completely on the context. A diet that is high in carbs AND fat will make you fat, but it’s NOT because of the fat.  In fact, the studies consistently show that diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) lead to much more weight loss than diets that are low in fat.


Based on an article in Authority Nutrition.

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