Food Stereotypes: Myths
Often the truth about proper diet get distorted in the re-telling and they are transferred incorrectly to the general public. Many thoughts and opinions by "non-experts" are combined, leading to food stereotypes and the creation of a false reality around certain eating habits. The following myths are the most common "fairy-tales" carried by word of mouth, sometimes from generation to generation.
MYTH 1: Drink 8-10 Glasses of Water Daily
Each of us has his or her own individual requirements in order to maintain proper hydration levels. Our needs for liquids amount to 1ml of liquid / 1 kcal, taking also into consideration loss of liquid through sweat.
MYTH 2: Certain Combinations of Foods Will Make You Fat
There is no scientific proof to support this. The solution is to create a negative energy balance! Meaning, to lose weight we simply have to increase our physical activity and restrict our calorie intake. With certain foods you can kill your stomach fat.
MYTH 3: Products Labelled “Light” (i.e. cheese, milk, ice cream)
Have No Calories ”Light” products are not without calories! “Light” soda drinks are the only exception, with almost zero calorie content.
MYTH 4: Honey Is Less Fattening Than Sugar
Honey has slightly more calories than sugar, but it is considered, “healthier” than sugar because it has a higher nutritional value.
MYTH 5: Soft Drinks and Coffee Cause Cellulite
Don’t blame these innocent drinks for causing cellulite! Unfortunately, our genes appear to be the most significant factor responsible for its appearance on our thighs and buttocks. However, increased physical activity and a dietary regime rich in fruits and vegetables, is effective in its reduction.
MYTH 6: I Want to Add Muscle Mass So I Need to Take a Protein Supplement
The right way to achieve your goal is to follow a suitable exercise program, customised to your individual needs by a Personal Trainer, along with, a proper diet plan prepared by a sports nutritionist. A general guideline indicates: 1.6 g to 2 g (maximum) of protein per day, per kilogram of body weight.
Be smart. Ask the experts and don’t “buy into” the myths! Our trainers and nutritionists will help you debunk many more myths, just contact them and talk about food myths to understand more.
Sports Nutritionist M.Sc.
Holmes Place Maroussi, Greece