5 Common Food Misconceptions

There are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding the food industry – most of which are already proven as false but still very much widely believed. Here are a few examples:

1. Eating too many eggs can cause high blood pressure.

Many people believe that the high cholesterol levels of the egg yolk will directly result in high blood pressure. However, if you are generally healthy you shouldn’t have to worry about consuming this delicious treat.

Eggs may have high cholesterol, but the cholesterol in eggs is not the same as the cholesterol found in meat or poultry and is considered as “good” cholesterol.  Eggs are an excellent source of protein and one of the best snack options for those who are trying to lose weight.

BUT, if you do have high cholesterol levels, it is highly recommended to limit your egg consumption to two to six per week.  Also note that It is better to eat hard boiled or poached eggs than fried.

2. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

I remember when I was still in school, my parents would insist that I eat my breakfast, claiming that I would be lethargic all day unless I ate.  Even if I wasn’t hungry, I was forced to stuff myself.

In reality, it doesn’t really matter if you eat breakfast. If you’re one of those people who wake up hungry, then it is best for you to eat something before starting your daily activities. It is recommended to eat a breakfast of protein, fruits or vegetables instead of carbohydrates, like bread or cereal.

If you don’t feel like eating after waking up, that’s totally fine too! Just remember to listen to your body and eat once you start feeling hungry. If you exercise every morning, it is better to skip the early morning munch as working out on an empty stomach can actually help you lose an additional 20% body fat compared to those who eat before exercising.

3. Drink electrolytes after exercising.

Drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, or Pocari claim to help hydrating people with high activity levels. Athletes who do endurance training and people with intensive labor jobs benefit the most from electrolyte drinks. Normal people, on the other hand, would be better off drinking plain water. Not only is it cheaper but in some cases, it would be a healthier choice since water doesn’t have any additional sugar, salt and/or artificial flavoring that most sports drinks have.

4. Eat carrots for better eyesight.

Carrots help in maintaining the overall health of your eyes since they are packed with Vitamin A but when it comes to improving your vision, don’t get your hopes up.  The only way to improve your vision is with prescription glasses or Lasik surgery.

5. Oysters can help increase your libido.

How many times have you ordered oysters during a date in the hope that it will get the “heat” going? Well, I have bad news for you bud – it doesn’t actually work that way.

Oysters are high in zinc, a nutrient that is needed in the production of testosterone and sperm in males. Eating oysters will only result in healthier sperm production but won’t help with erections or libido in any way.   As for your lady friend, there is no evidence showing that oysters improve the female libido.