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3 Common Misconceptions about Nutrition

Social media, websites, and magazines provide endless information regarding health tips and nutrition facts-most of which are incorrect. Three of the biggest misconceptions about nutrition are that fats are bad for you, avoiding carbs with help you lose weight, and that salt is bad for you. Although there is some truth behind these statements, the general meaning is a misconception.




"Fats are bad for you"


Fats are essential to the body for vitamin absorption, brain and heart health, and energy. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are healthy and can be found in avocados, almonds, tofu, and fatty fish. Trans fats are considered harmful to the body and can be found in chips, pastries, and fried foods. It is important to limit the consumption of trans fats and replace them with healthy monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.




"Avoiding carbs will help you lose weight"


Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy production. Simple carbohydrates are found in foods such as soda, chips, and candy. Complex carbohydrates such as veggies, fruits, and beans are much healthier. Reducing the consumption of simple carbs and replacing them with complex carbs can help maintain a healthy weight. Cutting out carbohydrates completely can lead to poor mental function, disrupted sleep, nausea, and hypoglycemia.




"Salt is bad for you"


Salt is a mineral essential for water conservation, nerve function, muscle function, and managing metabolism. Salt deficiency or salt restriction can cause a higher risk of heart attacks, muscle cramps, cognitive decline in elderly individuals, headaches, and irritability. Consuming an excessive amount of salt can lead to kidney damage and high blood pressure.



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