Today, people have become more careful about their health and much more aware about the products that they intake. No matter how much fitness conscious you become, you cannot scan through nutritional labels present over each and every product that you consume. Much of what we believe about food products is just a hearsay, nutritional words handed from science journals to newspapers, to television to your aunt to your mom and then to you, with marketeers in between. So, we tried to find out the reality behind the nutritional facts that we believe to be true. Here’s what we found:
1. Yogurt is good for bacteria in your gut
Some yogurts do contain bacteria that are beneficial to your health and do wonders when present in your gut. You need to look for lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria in the yogurts that say “live active cultures”. However, most yogurts are so high in sugar that they tend to promote unhealthy bacteria in your gut. Unhealthy bacteria feed on sugar in your belly the same way they do around your teeth.
2. Low-fat foods are better for you
Low-fat foods are often loaded with salt and cheap carbohydrates. To replace the skimmed out fat, usually fast-digesting carbohydrate called maltodextrin is added which is in no way going to help you lose weight. According to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine people on low-carb diet lose 62% more weight than those who are trying to cut fat.
3. “Trans-fat free” foods are actually trans-fat free
According to FDA’s guidelines, companies are allowed to claim their products as trans-fat free if it contains less than 0.5 gm of trans-fat per serving. Due to an inevitable link to heart disease, WHO advises to keep trans-fat consumption below 1 gram per 2000 calorie consumed (average daily calorie need of person). So, if your intake of such products is multiple times a day then you must be exceeding that limit every single day. Infact you must avoid all foods with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated labels.
4. Egg yolks raise your cholesterol
It is true that egg yolks contain dietary cholesterol. But, research has proven that dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with serum cholesterol which is present in your blood. Researchers from Wake Forest University have found that there is no relation between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, intake of eggs in breakfast can decrease your calorie intake for the remaining day.
5. Energy drinks are less harmful than soda
Energy drinks like Red Bull, Gatorade, Monster claim to boost your energy levels with a cache of vitamin B, herbal extracts and amino acids. But, they contain excessive sugar in them. 500 ml of such drinks deliver almost 280 calories that is 80 calorie more than you’d find in Pepsi. A study by University of Maryland shows that energy drinks are 11% more corrosive to your teeth than regular soda.
6. Foods with ‘natural’ label are healthier
We’ll easily find the term ‘Naturally sweetened’ on the ingredient labels of carbonated drinks/cold drinks. However, this soda is sweetened with an un-natural dose of high fructose corn syrup. Corn is natural but “high fructose corn syrup” is produced using a centrifuge and a series of chemical reactions. The worst part is you are likely paying a premium price for common junk food.