Facts about common nutrition myths are something we were all told growing up even when we could not tell what is true and what was not. Understandably, we had to pick what we think to be true and live by it. I am here to finally state the fact of what’s true and what is a myth.
Common nutrition myths and the facts
Myth 1: You will gain weight if you eat late at night.
Fact: it has been believed that eating late at night would cause you to gain fat, but it is not true. The science behind weight gain is when your calorie intake surpasses the calorie you expend. Also, every person has their calorie intake each day which is enough to match your daily calorie expenditure, so whether or not you eat late at night, weight gain is only dependent on if you have passed your recommended calorie intake, if not you will not gain weight.
Studies have also shown, night eaters usually make bad dietary choices which could lead to eating passed their calorie intake and in turn weight gain. Make healthy night snack choices and you would be on the safe side.
Myth 2: Lemon water burns fat.
Fact: Drinking lemon water has been said to be able to burn fat, It is not true. It is true lemon water can help with weight loss but it is not because of the application lemon. Lemon water is no better than regular water when it comes to losing fat, drinking enough water before and after every meal will help you burn fat.
Also, drink more water can boost your metabolism which eventually would lead to faster burning of excess fat and weight loss. Also note, the benefit of lemon water and general lemon in the body is to act as a source of vitamin C in the body, rejuvenate the skin, may prevent kidney stones Water, improves digestion and boost immunity.
Myth 3: Malt and milk give blood.
Fact: Growing up drinking malt and milk was said to give blood. I just want to make it clear that malt and milk will not give you blood either will it boost your blood capacity, this is not true. Anything that helps you gain more blood or boost your blood level should contain a certain amount of iron. Take note, milk contains a small amount of iron, and an 8 oz serving of milk contains less than 1% of the DRI for iron.
If your body is low on iron it means the haemoglobin in your body would be low which means a reduction in your blood level. So if anything does not contain iron, it cannot help you build your blood levels.
Myth 4: Beans makes you tall
Fact: Firstly, your height is determined between 60% – 85% by your genetics, but the remaining percentage is determined by environment and nutrition. So if as a kid you heard your parents or an elder family member tell you how beans would make you taller and how you should eat it more often, I am sorry to tell you but this is not true. Learn more about beans in your daily diet.
Beans as we all know is a great source of protein, and when it comes to the growth of children/adolescent protein plays a vital role. When protein intake is consistently inadequate in adolescents it may cause; a reduction in linear growth, delay in sexual maturation and reduced accumulation of lean body mass.
The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.85 grams (g) of protein per kilogram (Kg) of body weight. Eating beans helps adolescents meet their protein RDA, especially in low and middle-class Nigeria were the portioning of meat will not be sufficient for adolescents to meet their protein RDA.