Most Common Diet Myths: 7 Foods Everyone Is Wrong About

Salt, eggs, popcorn, milk – it’s all silently killing you, right? Wrong. You might want to educate yourself on a handful of the hottest topic foods…

Salt

A few decades ago, people thought salt was really bad. They were frightened by disorders such as high blood pressure, heart, and kidney problems, among others.

In reality, it is not so harmful if consumed in moderation: Studies conducted show no direct correlation between an increase in salt intake and hypertension or heart disease.

On the contrary, when we stop consuming sodium, our body releases hormones and enzymes that increase our blood pressure.

Eggs

We have often heard that we should limit our consumption of eggs because of the cholesterol they contain, their ability to clog arteries and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or diabetes.

10 years later, scientists admitted they made a mistake: There are actually two types of cholesterol, and eggs contain the right one.

In addition, they are rich in iron, protein, and antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect against age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Popcorn

For many years, this loyal film partner was considered junk food.

But popcorn has been found to contain more antioxidants (called polyphenols) than fruits and vegetables. And studies show that polyphenols reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Another advantage of popcorn is that it contains very few calories and is made from whole grains. However, care must be taken to ensure that it does not contain any artificial flavors.

Whole Milk

In the past, we have been advised to drink skim milk to reduce the amount of fat we consume.

However, recent studies have shown that whole fats in milk provide many essential nutrients to our body, and even make blood more resistant to certain types of cancer. In addition, whole milk helps to stay thin and reduces the risk of diabetes!

Coffee

Not so long ago, caffeine was accused of all sorts of “illnesses”: hypertension, heart problems, damage to the nervous system…

But newer studies have shown that coffee consumption leads to lower rates of heart disease and premature death. Coffee drinkers have also been found to be less prone to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver, type 2 diabetes, and even neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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White Rice

There are a number of reasons why we should not be afraid of white rice. To name a few:

  • It is easily digested and helps absorb toxins. So if you have stomach problems, it can be a good meal base for a few days.
  • It does not contain gluten. For many people, this is a big advantage these days. It helps prevent chronic digestive problems.
  • White rice has been shown to contain less arsenic than whole rice.

Chocolate

Is chocolate really the number one enemy of health, as they would have us believe?

Reliable sources say that GOOD chocolate can improve health! By ‘good’ we mean ‘black’ and containing at least 70% cacao. This type of chocolate can:

  • Restore the flexibility of the arteries, which is good for the heart and circulation.
  • Reduce “bad” cholesterol levels.
  • Help older brains stay active.
  • Reduce the risk of stroke.

One study even suggests that dark chocolate may help prevent diabetes. Its benefits are therefore countless, not to mention that it also makes you happier thanks to serotonin!

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