For every two correct food facts, there’s a food myth, and sometimes it’s hard to determine which is which. Check out some of the myths below to see if any of your long-held beliefs can be debunked right now.
Fat got a bad name years ago, but research now unquestionably shows that healthy fats are amazing for our health, as well as making everything taste much nicer.
If you’re overweight and worried about overdoing fat (yes, there are more calories in fat) then take comfort in the research that shows plant-based fats like avocado, nuts and olive oil increase appetite-suppressing hormones, so fat can help you lose weight.
Do you honestly believe that an apple is bad for you? This is a myth perpetuated by anti-sugar fans who miss the point that naturally occurring sugars also contain fibre which dramatically reduces the effect fruit sugars have on our body. Enjoy your fruit, enjoy those extra vitamins and avoid biscuits and cakes instead.
Protein is currently the thing to eat. Whilst we wouldn’t be able to build and repair muscle without it, the average person is eating far more than they need. The UK recommended amount is 0.75g for each kilogram of bodyweight, which works out at an average man eating 55g and a woman eating 45g.
Don’t chuck the protein powder – you can safely eat up to twice this amount with no adverse effects – but too much protein can harm your kidneys.
If only it were so simple. Whilst technically calories can be burned off, the quality of the food also affects our health, even if we do tough workouts. Poor diet choices ultimately harm your body, so while you may not see the visible effects on the scales, your body will be counting the cost slowly on the inside. Choose healthy foods and forget about calories.
Whilst exercise isn’t an excuse to binge, your body needs replenishing after exercising. Eating a nutrient-rich post-workout snack provides your body with the raw materials to repair your body. Light workouts might only require something quick, like a chocolate milkshake, whilst workouts over an hour need something more substantial like this protein-boosting cottage cheese, chickpea and broccoli medley.
I think a chocolate milkshake is a good after workout drink! it's got protein from milk, sweetness to lift your energy and nutrients from the cocoa. Perfect!
Have to say that I'm not entirely sure that a chocolate milkshake is the way to go after a workout, especially not with the so called 'health' ones - I tried one and it was horribly sickly-sweet. Bananas or something like that protein dish for me.