They say, “You’re, what you eat”. To get the misconceptions related to nutrition, food and drinking cleared, helps us in accepting the food, we’re avoiding, and avoiding the food, we’re accepting/consuming.
Some of these misconceptions related to nutrition, food and drinking, you must have learnt in school, or some told by your dietitian. But what’s right for your body may or may not suit the other and vice versa.
So, here I list down top misconceptions related to nutrition, food and drinking created by us.
Let me start with the consumption of water.
Top 6 Misconceptions related to Nutrition, Food and Drinking
Misconception #1 : Water Intake Of 6 – 8 Glasses Or 2 – 3 litre! Is it correct?
Such blatant promotion, “That at least 8 glasses or two to three litre of water a day is needed to maintain the health.” of this misconception related to water has been around since long. But let me correct you, the amount of water needed varies from person to person depending upon the activities he/she indulge in, his body weight, environment(heat and humidity) and more.
Apart from all that, how would you expect a person to drink that much amount of water in cold wintry days. and how would you expect an athlete to not to drink that much or even more amount of water a day.
All that boils down to the activities we do, the kind of environment we live in and so many other factors that accounts for the same.
To correct it, we do need 6-8 glasses of water, but it could be in a form of any fluid(coffee, fruit juices, or the fruits we eat, or even beer in moderation).
Oh beer! Here goes the other misconception related to alcoholic beverages.
Misconception #2 : That Alcoholic beverages keeps the human body warm
Well, if you embrace liquor shots or drink more in cold wintry nights to warm yourself up! It’s time to get the facts corrected. The alcohol will warm your skin by dilating the surface capillaries but the total effect will be to cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
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No doubt, it does warm your body to a certain period of time, all that warming sensation is because they enlarge the blood vessels and we feel the warm blood rushing to our nerve endings.
May be you couldn’t notice all this, because your nervous system is affected by the alcoholic beverage you’re consuming. You’re under alcoholic effect.
While I’m at it, let me debunk one more misconception related to alcoholic beverages. What it is?
Misconception #3 : That Alcohol kills brain cells! Yes, it does! But!
What’s floating around in the news that a big night on a drink wipes the entire section of human brain cell function. Hard to swallow, no, not the drink, but the news.
But what this study has confirmed that there’s no such thing that alcohol kills brain cells or hinder the functionality of the brain cells. Instead, they asserted that wine at night reduces the risk of dementia in old age. You do know what “Dementia” is.
But, that does not give you another reason to drink more. Why?
May be, not directly, but alcohol does leads to indirect death of brain cells for two reasons. If your alcohol intake knows no limit. Another, if you’re getting your daily intakes of calories through alcoholic beverages. This could lead to serious brain damage.
Misconception #4 : Sugar leads to hyperactivity in children.
Does your kid feels more energetic or excited after an intake of food with high sugar content? That’s what many parents and teachers happens to believes. But that’s not true.
Scientist performed double-blind trials on children from all group ages and found that sugar does not induces hyperactivity in any case. To be sure of their studies and research, they also performed the test on children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but couldn’t find anything that weighs the misconception believed by parents and teachers from all over the world. Read more.
No doubt, intake of food with high sugar content does make one overweight. So, moderation in all things is the key to a good health and supple body.
Misconception #5 : Chewing gum takes seven years to digest! What, no!
Chewing gum is mostly indigestible and passes through our digestive system as quickly(no, not that quickly) as other food. No, it does not take seven years to digest, but could reside in your body(as long as you live), if it’s large and couldn’t get out of the stomach or it was trapped in the intestine. Chewing gum comprises of sweeteners and mostly the rubbery part, which is very hard to digest. Our digestive system is not very good with digesting chewing gums. Read.
It’s highly dangerous and could lead to medical complications. Many children who happened to have swallowed the chewing gum had been a victim of such drastic events in pasts.
Spit it out! Solution!
Misconception #6 : Fresh fruit is better than dried fruit
The assumption that fresh fruit is better than dried fruit does not hold much truth. In fact, it all boils down to the requirements we’re looking out in a fruit. Allow me to break it in few points.
Dried fruit is as healthy as fresh fruit, or even better, in some cases.
Fruits are boiled up prior to the drying process and to kill disease-causing microorganisms. It’s an healthier snacking option as compared to other sugary snacks.
Dried blueberries are much higher in antioxidants than the fresh ones. Dried fruit is high in fiber, lower blood cholesterol, and helps in controlling diabetes.
Though, by all means, I’m not saying that fresh fruits are of no use. They’re good too. But lets not underestimate the dried fruits when compared.
So these are some common misconceptions related to food, nutrition and drinking. If you’re convinced, good, if not, you can give them another try to get assured.
There are many more misconceptions like these floating around in the world, feel free to share with us.