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10 Nutritional Myths Busted
B Positive Content Team
1. Fat is bad for your body and should be avoided at all costs

Not all fats are bad. The body actually needs some fats to lose weight too. Please don’t totally cut these out from your system. Definitely avoid trans fats and hydrogenated fats but bring in the good fats such as Omega 3, 6 and 9 which are vital for healthy living.

These are very important and a lot of us don’t consume them. These fats can be found in fish, and oils such as flaxseed, so get going and make them a part of your diet. People on fat free diets generally have really dry skin as they are not getting the correct oils that are needed for perfect skin. So all you people out there with dry skin please check your diets.
2. Fruit juices are very healthy
A harsh fact is that a fruit juice even without any added sugar is as calorific as a coke or sprite. Even though the sugar is coming from a natural sugar source, the fructose will cause your sugar levels to rise rapidly, thereby causing insulin to be secreted from the pancreas. A sharp rise always leads to a sharp fall (hypoglycaemia) which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, sugar cravings and weight gain. Have a piece of fruit instead. This contains loads of fibre which slows down the insulin response and keeps the blood sugar levels stable.
3. Eating brown bread is much better than eating white bread
Check the ingredients rather than the colour while buying bread. Just because its brown doesn’t mean that it has to be whole grain. Often, caramel or molasses are used as a colouring agent. If you see these listed as ingredients, then you know the brand isn’t whole meal and doesn’t contain enough fibre. Make sure the ingredients contain whole wheat or whole meal flour instead of enriched wheat flour. Enriched flour is what they use in white bread. Also, try to avoid fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils or fats.
4. Dairy is the best source of calcium
Milk, cheese and curds are actually not the best sources of calcium. Optimal teeth and bone health depends on a variety of minerals of which calcium is one. 45 per cent of us are calcium deficient due to lack of proper awareness of how to digest it. A lot of international nutritionists say that too much dairy causes acidification of the body, which in turn drains calcium from the body, doing more harm than good for us.

Almonds, broccoli, egg yolk, leafy vegetables and sardines form excellent sources of calcium that are easy to digest and provide other nutritional value to the system.
5. Eating loads of fibre relieves constipation
Fibre is essential as it draws water into the bowel and helps to soften the stool. However, if you eat too much fibre and don’t drink enough water, you can still be constipated. Make sure you drink loads of water to get those toxins out of your body. Fibre swells in the bowel, thereby making us feel fuller, and acts like a brush through our arteries, giving it a good clean. If you don’t drink enough water, fibre can become like cement in your system. To check if you’re drinking enough water, see if your urine is running clear.