It is very common that people who come to our nutrition consultation or make nutrition visits online come with a series of doubts and preconceived ideas about questions related to diet. These ideas often have to do with eating myths or unfounded beliefs.
And the thing is that when it comes to food we tend to give credibility or accept advice from people in our environment without consulting these statements with a nutrition professional. In this way, these maxims are settling in our society. As dietitians – nutritionists in our Barcelona practice, part of our job is to reverse and demystify these ideas.
Next, I expose you some of the most repeated. I hope this article can be of help to you as well.
10 frequently asked questions and misconceptions about food
Let’s go with 10 myths or beliefs about food that we usually find in consultation and that often generate false beliefs regarding eating habits or specific foods.
1. Eating carbohydrates makes you fat
Carbohydrates have been the major losers in recent years, as they have been attributed a large number of damages related to weight gain. Do Carbohydrates Really Make You Fat? Should we avoid them at dinners? What hydrates are most recommended?
2. Whole foods make you less fat
As I mentioned in the previous video, there is no food that by itself makes you gain or lose weight, since it will be the whole of your diet that will make you gain or lose weight. However, whole grain products do have different health benefits, so you should consider including them in your diet if you don’t. In the following video, my partner Clara Muñoz explains it to you.
3. Lettuce retains fluids
This time we have to act as advocates for lettuce, which is attributed the myth that it generates fluid retention. Like most vegetables, lettuce is rich in potassium and therefore, rather it will help us to the opposite. If you feel bad, try incorporating other vegetables.
4. Is it advisable to have only one fruit or yogurt for dinner if we want to lose weight?
This is a question that often appears in the first visits of people who aim to carry out a diet to lose weight. But is it really necessary to have a very limited intake in this meal of the day? What consequences can this have on our diet. Don’t miss Natalia Celma’s answer.
5. Is following a gluten-free diet beneficial for your health?
Should people who do not have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance restrict their gluten intake. The one to exclude gluten from meals in a generic way is another trend that has been followed in recent times, but how much is recommended in this practice?
6. Are organic foods healthier?
It is very likely that many of you have thought that the answer to this question is yes. However, we should not establish that relationship lightly. If you want to know more about organic products you can click here.
7. When is an obese person considered? Where is the borderline between overweight and obesity?
The growth of the obesity rate in our society is really worrying. It is especially alarming how the little ones continue this trend. According to the World Health Organization, at least 2.8 million people die each year from overweight and obesity. Ana explains how to know if you are overweight or obese.
8. What are the main mistakes we make when we want to lose weight?
Often people who come to our consultation to lose weight, have previously tried to diet on their own, committing one (or more) of the errors that I detail in this Saber Vivir program.
9. Are there healthy satisfying foods?
I have already dedicated an entire article to satiating foods but I would like to answer this question again here, since the fear of starvation is very common when wanting to lose weight.
10. Why do I retain fluid? What are the causes of fluid retention?
There are different causes that can cause fluid retention, often diet plays a very important role. These factors are often misunderstood. In this video I give you more information.
Did you also ask yourself any of these questions? Do you have any questions about food that you would like to solve? You can leave us a comment in this article.