While we’re all suckers for a good smoothie bowl or a new style of yoga class, many of us, too, tend to be suckers for the nutritional myths that pop up in daily life. And, who can blame us? With a wealth of information out there on the internet, and new theories and ‘facts’ popping up all the time it’s almost impossible to know what is and isn’t true. Here, we debunk some of the most common nutritional myths.
Graze on small meals constantly
You may be shocked to read that this one is actually a myth, after all, we’re commonly told that eating smaller meals more regularly leads to weight loss. Often these words of advice are printed across all different mediums and come from seasoned professionals. However, in actual fact, the ‘studies’ that claim this is a credible weight loss method are actually heavily misinterpreted by the media.
Award winning Nutritionist, Nicki Williams, explains, ‘Latest research shows that unless you are diabetic or have hypoglycemic episodes, the body generally doesn’t do that well on grazing all day long,’ she tells Happy Hormones Magazine.
‘If you leave 4-6 hours between eating you give the body the chance to use up your sugar stores and start burning fat for energy. If you’re constantly eating, you will only be burning sugar, so you’ll find it hard to lose weight, and you’ll be stuck on the Blood Sugar roller coaster which can affect your energy, mood and brain function,’ she explains further.
Vegan = Healthy.
Yes, vegan diets are packed full of greens and natural produce, however, this doesn’t automatically mean that a Vegan diet is the healthiest choice, or in- fact, healthy at all.
‘Firstly, there’s no such thing as a one size fits all diet. I’ve known people who thrive on a vegan diet and some who have suffered badly,’ shares Nicki.
While the fruit and veg intake certainly is good for you, vegans miss out on many prime food groups and some even consume a huge amount of processed foods, meat substitutes, refined carbs and junk.
Carbs are the enemy
Rewind 10-15 years ago, we were all happily grazing on carbs without a worry in the world, now all of a sudden they have become the devil! However, Nicki believes that this isn’t justified.
“If you don’t eat any carbs you are going to be ill!” She tells us.
“Carbohydrates are a macronutrient, needed for lots of processes in the body. The thing you need to be aware of is the type of carbs you’re eating, not the fact that they are carbs! All vegetables are made from carbohydrate, and most nutritionists would recommend at least half your plate is made up of veggies.
Choosing low GL carbs like brown or wild rice, quinoa, oats and buckwheat and avoiding white refined carbs is where you should be focusing,” she recommends.
Green juices and smoothies are healthy
Chances are, when you consume a green smoothie you’re probably feeling pretty smug about how healthy you’re being, after all, they’ve gained a rep world wide for being the health drink of choice. However, while the all-vegetable version is packed full of good stuff, not all green smoothies are all that great for you. If your smoothie is full of fruit such as bananas or tropical fruits, then it can be loaded with more sugar than is healthy for you.
“The problem with juices is that they are mostly high in sugar, and they don’t have any protein or healthy fats in them. Protein and fat help to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream. You also need protein for the liver to work properly, so if you’re doing a juice programme to detox yourself, you are not helping your liver if you skip the protein,” advises Nicki.