Eating healthy is a worthwhile endeavor. In addition to increasing your quality of life, a healthy diet can also increase the duration of it, as obesity is correlated with many health complications. However, eating healthy is much easier said than done, especially as we learn more and more about our bodies and the nutrition that we need. Sometimes “tried and true” advice turns out to be false, or at the very least situational, as our understanding evolves. Because of this, it’s easy to be misinformed. Here are a few nutrition myths that you should take with a grain of salt.
6. Grains: The More, the Better
It’s common knowledge that refined white flour (and rice) are less nutritious than their whole grain/brown counterparts. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just go all-out on the whole grain approach. This is because “whole grain” does not necessarily guarantee all the nutrients you’re hoping to find will be intact in the end product. Due to processing, even some “whole grain” food items may end up losing some of their nutritional value. To ensure you’re getting what you need, check the fiber content and the ingredients list to make sure that whole grains make up most of the food.
5. Load Up on Carbs Before a Workout
Speaking of grains, you may have also heard that if you’re about to do a heavy workout, you should load up on carbs beforehand to provide lasting energy. Now, there is some truth to this—depending on what kind of workout you’re going to do. If you’re a cyclist or otherwise going to be engaging in a long stretch of cardio, then go for it. This is likewise true if you’re trying to bulk up or ultimately improve performance. However, if you’re just looking to burn fat, carbs can slow down this process because they get burned as fuel instead.