November 17, 2009

NutritionI can not avoid writing about this issue anymore, because most of my friends and regular readers go on telling me the same things again and again. “You say, eating oranges can help us preserve our youth, slow down aging processes and be always in a good health! Wow, great! Since now, I am starting eating as many oranges as possible!” Or another example. “You say, 2-3 glasses of red wine can have really bad effects! God, I will never drink red wine anymore!!

I understand these ideas and I think they take source from our tendency to look for the easiest ways for ourselves. How great could it be: just try to lower the consumption of yolk, and your blood cholesterol level will never be high. But  in real, those who want to develop healthy eating habits should take time to prepare good healthy breakfast every morning, keep under strict control their consumption of certain fatty and sweet foods (like sausages, doughnuts, cakes, etc.) and do many other things. In other words, healthy nutrition requires lots of efforts, and not eating yolks will not bring to anything good. As well as eating oranges all the time – this can actually kill a person.

There are lots of misunderstandings connected with the most popular nutrition myths. The truth is: there are no absolutely “good” or absolutely “bad” foods. Another important thing is: a healthy nutrition plan is something strictly individual, just like a custom suit. nutrition mythsFor example, if you do a lot of sports and physical activities, you need to eat a diet quite rich in fat. If you are into weightlifting and bodybuilding, you need to consume good amounts of proteins. But if you sit in front of your laptop all day long and have no time for physical activities,  need to eat mostly veggies, fruit and cereal.

There are only several basic rules which apply to all individuals and can help to satisfy everyone’s nutrition needs. Those include keeping a good healthy balance of fats, proteins and carbs in our diet, eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies (about 65-70% of our daily diet),  or giving preference to unprocessed foods. However, every individual should have a special nutrition plan, according to own body needs and life-style.

Finally, it is also very important to understand that there are actually no banned foods (except the situations when a person has a really hard health condition). If you do not suffer from a disease like diabetes, liver or kidney problems, etc., you can eat absolutely everything. The question is, how much of every product can be good for health. There is no secret of a healthy nutrition that would work for everyone. So, if you want to develop a healthy nutrition plan for yourself, start experimenting, learn more about every particular food and decide for yourself, what to eat and how much of that you should eat. And let all possible nutrition myths confuse you never again!

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

One Response to “The Greatest Nutrition Myths”

  1. BarshaNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Carla,

    This is a fantastic endeavour of educating everyone with the information you have on your site… Keep up the good work!