5 Basic Nutrition Myths

Google “Nutrition advice” or “nutrition tips” and you’ll millions of results – do you think they are all the same advice? Nope! There’s lots of confusion out there.

Let’s take a minute to look at 5 Basic ones that we can bust right now:

#1 – Everyone Benefits From A Low-Carb Diet

Did you know carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy for the mind and the body? While there are some benefits to a low-carb diet, the typical person would benefit more from having a balanced diet with protein, carbs, and fat. So when building your balanced plate think of including one cupped handful of starchy carbs and two fist-full of non-starchy vegetables. (Sounds a bit like the Plate method which we talk about at Torque Nutrition.)

#2 – Fruit Has Too Much Sugar

While fruit does contain sugar, it is also considered a whole food which doesn’t contain as much fructose as processed options. Fruit also hydrates, can be slower digesting, and can contain fiber. The benefits of eating fruit surpass those of the more processed, lower sugar options available. (Not to mention the benefits of the micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals found in fruit!)

#3 – Fat Makes You Fat

Having a diet balanced with healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein does not cause you to store more fat. So when building a balanced plate, try to include a thumb size amount (for most women) or two thumb sized amounts (for most men) of healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, and omegas (from fish). (Yes oils that you cook with will count towards this amount!)

#4 – Egg Yolks Are Unhealthy

Egg yolks have been given a bad rap, being attributed to increased numbers of health biomarkers that doctors routinely check. However, those statements have been debunked for years, but the stigma around them remains. The yolks, which are the yellow part of the egg, are actually full of nutrients and can promote good health. (Egg whites are still a ‘better’ choice if you’re trying to watch overall caloric intake!)

#5 – Eating After 6pm Makes You Gain Weight

Your body doesn’t switch gears at 6 pm to feverishly stockpile fat just because you ate something. The truth is the entire day matters more than timing. So be sure to pay attention to what and how much you are consuming throughout the day, not just at 6pm. (There is some research and suggestion on at least a 8-12 hour fasting window at night. So if you plan on eating breakfast at 6am before the gym, then aim to stop eating anywhere between 6-8pm the previous night).

All make sense? We hope so! If you need guidance to figure out what works best for you, we can help!! All you have to do is comment below or email us!

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