“Prevention” Magazine Names Six Food Myths

Posted on April 29, 2011 by


In a society obsessed with dieting tips and weight loss tricks, it is not hard to stumble across a few that are absolutely ridiculous, but, even in myths, there are often lies with some hidden truths. Prevention Magazine recently released six of the most common food myths—or myths that are “mostly” false—and also included the tiny aspects of truth that can be found within them.

Myth number one was that drinking water helps weight loss. Drinking water does not directly help one achieve weight loss, but it may help you eat less. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University conducted a study in which they followed a group of adults on low-calorie diets for twelve weeks. Results revealed that those who consumed two cups of water before meals lost an average of four-and-a-half more pounds than those who did not. Drinking water instead of soda or juices can cut out two hundred calories a meal and, ultimately, around twenty pounds a year.

Another common myth especially familiar in the teen world is that greasy foods such as French fries cause acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, foods alone do not contribute to acne problems; however, excess oil on the skin from touching greasy food can cause acne nd make existing acne worse.

Dr. Chris Kroodsma, a dermatologist in Illinois, said, “Dead skin cells, oil, makeup, sunscreen, and other materials blocking pores cause acne pimples.”

Jumping on the list at number three is the myth that white flour is bleached with dangerous chemicals. The truth is, white flour is bleached, but the chemicals present no danger to consumers. The process strips away essential nutrients such as fiber, magnesium, and Vitamin E, but this does not make white flour dangerous.

False food tip number four is that eating carrots will make you see better. Although carrots contain Vitamin A, a nutrient that helps keep eyes healthy, consuming carrots will not actually improve vision.

Rounding out the bottom of the list are myths number five and six.

Myth number five is that eating late at night packs on the pounds. Although celebrity Oprah Winfrey claims much of her success with weight loss comes from following this rule, the truth is that calories are calories no matter what time of day they are put into the body.

Jacquelyn Rudis said, “This myth has been around for years, and although some people could swear that their late-night eating habits do make them gain weight, recent research has shown that your body does not process food differently at different times of the day.”

People are more prone to overeat at night when emotions are high, boredom sets in, or the time set aside for watching television is accompanied by snacking. In turn, consuming too many calories will cause weight gain no matter what. The time of day has no noticeable impact.

Lastly, myth number six is that sugar causes diabetes. Consumption of sugar is not a direct cause of diabetes, but sugar can be a contributing factor to weight gain. Weight gain and obesity increase an individual’s risk of developing type II diabetes.

Although each of these six myths holds a bit of truth, it is important to understand which part is true. It may be vital to your health to separate the fact from the fiction so that you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle every day!

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