Myths and Reality on Healthy Lifestyle Opinions

The science have long been fighting with different healthy lifestyle myths, which most people blindly believe in.

Here are some facts which might make you change your mind.

Myth: The slimmer you are, the longer you’ll live.

Reality: Gaining extra few kilos actually will prolong your life, according to a new study, made by the State University in New York. It claims that moderately overweight people are less likely to suffer or die from heart disease. The lead scientist d-r Abishek Sharma says: “Probably that is due to the fact, that it’s more probable to prescript heart protection drugs to overweight people.”

Myth: You have to exercise 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes

Reality: the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week at the moment might not be the most efficient and healthy training. The last researches show that a shorter but more intensive training, even if it is only 6 minutes per day can be much more effective.

Myth: Red meat is harmful for the heart

Reality: if you eat it as a part of a balanced diet, red meat does not cause any heart-related problems and brings a lot of benefits for your health. The idea that the saturated animal fat, that the red meat and butter contain, clog the arteries, dates from a research of the American scientist Ancel Keys, held in the far 1953.

The latest researches, however, point sugar as the biggest evil of the healthy diet, whereas the conducted researches during 2014 did not provide any prove that saturated fats cause heart disease. The high-quality red meat is one of the best sources of nutrients, such as iron, zinc, vitamin A and D, magnesium and potassium.

Myth: It’s more important to clean the cutting board rather than the oven

Reality: While it’s imperative to keep a proper cooking hygiene and use separate cutting boards for raw meat and other ingredients, you should never neglect your kitchen appliances. Ultimately, you will kill all bacteria when oven-cooking. The question remains though, what happens with the occasional splatters and spills on your cooker?

With time they will build up and affect the food quality in a negative way. What you could do to avert those problems is regularly clean the burners, racks, doors and oven chamber. Professional oven cleaning companies, located across Haringey, London, suggest to perform this activity every once or twice during the calendar year. That’s an ironclad way to get on the healthy living wave with flying colours.

Myth: Raw fruits and vegetables are more healthy

Reality: cooking all ingredients make them easier to digest, which means that the organism absorbs more nutrients. The raw food lovers claim that cooking vegetables kills vitamins and minerals, but researches have proven that, although cooking does destroy a part of the vitamin C in food, it increases the chances to take in nutrients, known as antioxidants. They help us fight various diseases.

Myth: Peanut Butter Is Extremely Unhealthy

Reality: scientists from the Medical School in Harvard recently announced, that a bite of peanut butter 5 times per week can lower the risk of heart attack by 50%, because the nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fats. They have a protective effect on health.

Multiple other researches show, that people who regularly snack on peanut butter or nuts are less likely to develop cardiac-vascular disease or type II diabetes. It’s also easier for them to remain slim, than those who choose to omit them from their diet. Nuts are rich in proteins and satiate a person, which protects him or her from the temptation to reach for sweets.

Myth: Whole-milk is unhealthy

Reality: data shows that in the end, whole-milk is a better choice than low-fat or fat-free. Not only that it contains just about 4% of fat and it’s far more nutrient, but the extremely important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are an integral part of it.

Myth: Olive oil is the healthiest cooking fat

Reality: It becomes unstable and potentially harmful for us at a very high temperature, for example during frying. That’s because when it starts giving off smoke, the olive oil gives off chemical, called lipid peroxides, which can interact with our DNA in ways that increase the risk of cancer and cardiac-vascular diseases. That’s why experts recommend cooking with fat such as sunflower, peanut or coconut oil. Save the olive oil for salads and seasoning.

Myth: Eating copious amounts of fruits is something extremely healthy

Reality: too many fruits can increase the risk of diabetes and obesity. Although fruits contain vitamins and fibres, they are also quite rich in fructose (fruit sugar), which, according to the latest researches, is a kind of sugar, which does not make you feel satiated. As a result people are prone to overeating, which leads to increased amounts of fats in the liver. Fruits are a very healthy fruit but in normal amounts. Two pieces a day are an excellent dose.

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