The more you learn, the more you become aware of just how much you do not know. Thinking back to what we believed about health and wellness five years ago and even ten years ago, we have identified a few myths that we used to believe about health and what we believe to be true now, which we decided to share with you today in this post.
You know how, in The Big Bang Theory, the guys had “Everything Can Happen Thursday”? Well, we have “We Can Post Any Random Post We Want Fridays”, and this is our first one!
Health Myth #1: You Have to Eat Every Three Hours or Eat Five to Six Small Meals a Day
People always thought that you have to eat many small meals during the day but it turns out that fasting is a very important part of being healthy, even if you do not do it every day. Occasionally fasting can have amazing health benefits. If eating regular meals is so healthy, then everyone would be much healthier than they are today because this is the first time in human history where we were afforded the luxury of being able to eat regularly throughout the day, and human health is at an all-time low.
For most of human history, people never knew where their next meal would come from, so the human system is adapted to periods without food. Our digestive systems are unaccustomed to being bombarded with food on a constant basis, and eating regular meals from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed can cause a large amount of inflammation in the long term.
Health Myth #2: You Have To Eat Breakfast
The breakfast myth was started by a man named J.H. Kellogg. A clue to the myth status is in the name: “breakfast”. Breakfast always used to describe the meal in which you break your fast, not the meal you have in the morning when you wake up.
Before J.H. Kellogg, breakfast could be used to describe a meal you had at night time. The scary truth is that he recommended having a bland, tasteless cereal in the morning in order to prevent sexually deviant behaviour in the population and not for health reasons. So, in actual fact, the morning meal is not the most important meal of the day at all.
Health Myth #3: Fruit Juice And Muesli Are Healthy
In this day and age, with all the information and contradictions we get in the nutrition guidelines, it is hard to say what is healthy and what is unhealthy but for fruit juice, it is pretty obvious that it is unhealthy. Fruit contains natural sugar, known as fructose, and they are normally packaged in fibre, which slows down the absorption of those sugars. By juicing them, you remove all the fibre, and the sugar is very quickly absorbed into the body, causing problematic spikes in insulin.
Most muesli is unhealthy because in order to make it more palatable, a large amount of refined sugar or honey is added in order to make it better tasting. If your muesli does not have a high sugar content, it probably isn’t as unhealthy as the ones with added sugar. And it is pretty clear from the scientific evidence that sugar is probably one of the number one things you want to cut out in order to get healthier.
Health Myth #4: Saturated Fat Is Bad For You
The myth of saturated fat being bad for you is all based on faulty science and assumptions that have turned out to be false. There are now plenty of examples online where people improve their health by increasing their saturated fat intake. I myself got sick for the first time in three years when I went on a low-fat diet. It is hard to believe that it is so bad for you when you are your healthiest on a high saturated fat diet. The only time a high saturated fat diet is bad is when you combine saturated fat with high glycemic carbohydrates, so as long as you are not overdoing the carbs, saturated fat is perfectly healthy for you.
Health Myth #5: You Need To Follow A Low-Fat Diet And Eat Multiple Servings Of Carbohydrates A Day
I can safely say that you do not need carbohydrates on a daily basis because carbohydrates are not essential to human beings. Essential amino acids and fatty acids, which form part of proteins and fats are essential in a human’s diet. If carbohydrates were so important, then there would be plenty of examples of people eating zero carbohydrates and either falling ill or dying but there is no such example.
Many people have restricted their carbohydrate intake to zero for many years with no ill effects. The question then becomes: why do so many people see carbohydrates as essential to any human diet? I think because carbohydrates are a faster-burning fuel, it has been seen as preferable in many people’s opinion, but it is also a much dirtier burning fuel. Your body has an entire system in place to derive all your energy requirements from fat. This process is called ketosis and it might not be the fastest-burning fuel but it is definitely the cleanest with fewer buildups of metabolites.
I definitely do think that carbohydrates can be beneficial in certain situations but they are definitely not needed to be healthy, so they are, therefore, a choice one can make to introduce into your diet or not.
Health Myth #6: You Need To Do A Lot Of Cardio And Aerobic Exercise
The need to do a large amount of cardio in order to be healthy is a common misconception. Health is based on multiple factors that include sleep, diet, social interactions, as well as exercise. Exercise as part of health is more about moving on a daily basis and less about doing a ton of cardio. If you are sleeping badly, eating a crappy diet, and have no social interaction, you can do all the cardio you like, and you would probably still be unhealthy.
Health Myth #7: You Will Get Scurvy If You Don’t Eat Fruits And Vegetables
Vitamin C requirements vary from person to person and from situation to situation. Glucose competes with vitamin C at the receptor level, so if you have a higher intake of carbohydrates in your diet, you also require a higher intake of vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables are not the only sources of vitamin C. It is found in small quantities in muscle meat and in larger amounts in organ meats. This means that you can eat fruit and veg for a long duration of time without getting scurvy, as long as you keep your carbohydrate intake to a minimum.
It is important to stay open-minded when it comes to health and wellness, as you have no idea what we will discover in the future. Learning is something we do find exciting, however, and we will keep you updated on everything we learn.