On Monday, I exposed a number of common health myths that are perceived to be the absolute truth across the health industry, but the real truth is that I only scratched the surface of exposing these myths. There is plenty of faulty health information out there, and it could be limiting your ability to make the right decisions.
When youâre uninformedâor given false information by people looking to make a fast buckâit has the potential to be quite dangerous. It can add stress to your life and even make you sick. Today, Iâm going to expose a few more myths and give you the real facts on some popular misconceptions.
4 More Top Health Myths Exposed
1. âLow-Fat Milk Is Healthier Than Whole Milkâ
For decades, youâve heard that saturated fats are dangerous and contribute to heart attacks and heart disease. Well, the reality is that saturated fats do not actually cause these problems. Buying whole-fat dairy products is not bad for your health, and there is little harm in selecting them.
2. âFrozen or Canned Fruits and Veggies Are Not as Nutritious as Fresh Optionsâ
There is no difference in nutrition between frozen or canned fruits and veggies and their fresh counterparts. If anything, frozen or canned options are actually fresher because they arenât exposed to oxidization during transportation or while sitting on shelves. Just make sure that the options you buy donât have any added salt or sugar.
3. âA Calorie Is a Calorieâ
If youâre trying to stick to a diet, believing that all calories are created equal can sabotage your results. Your body absorbs calories differently depending on the source, and options that cause spikes in blood sugarâlike refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup, and added sugarsâcan lead to weight gain and metabolic problems. Stick to whole-grain carbohydrates, whole fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy, naturally occurring fats.
4. âYou Can Get Sick from a Public Toiletâ
Public toilets are not carrying diseasesâand you certainly donât need to be scared to sit on one when youâre at a restaurant or shopping mall. In order to get an infection from a toilet seat, any bacteria on the seat would have to directly enter your body. So unless youâve got a cut on your buttocks, youâre unlikely to contract anything from a toilet seat. Of course, just make sure to wash your hands after using any toilet.
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Miller, S., âNutrition and Cost Comparisons of Select Canned, Frozen, and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables,â American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine 2014, doi: 10.1177/1559827614522942.
âWhat Can You Catch in Restrooms? Bathroom Paranoia?â WebMD web site; http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/what-can-you-catch-in-restrooms?page=3, last accessed October 19, 2015.