4 food myths you should stop believing

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Searching for food and health information on Google will bring up at least 1,000,000 links for each question you have so you can see why it would be easy to get confused and lost in facts. We’re shining a spotlight on some of the most common misconceptions that can often trick you into making wrong choices.

Myth 1: Juice cleanses are the best for detoxifying your body

Did we say 1,000,000? Forget it! Google has over 64 million links showcasing the amazing results of juice cleanses. But in spite of freshly blended smoothies being the ultimate go-to food choice for many celebrities these days, there is little real evidence that following a deprivation diet for several days actually flushes out all the toxins and boosts your metabolism. Though it won’t do any serious harm to your body, nutritionists agree that it’s better to just follow a healthy diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and veggies every day.

Myth 2: Sea salt is rich in minerals and has less sodium than table salt

A teaspoon of table salt has just 1mg calcium compared to 12mg in sea salt, so the second one might seem healthier. But since 12mg is just one percent of your daily requirement you’ll need to consume more salt to really feel the difference but, sometimes, salt can cause more harm than good and it’s not the healthiest way to get minerals into your diet. Sea salt also lacks essential iodine but it does taste better.

Myth 3: Celery has negative calories

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Here’s everything you need to know about food: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For example, take the popular myth that some food contains less calories than our body uses to digest it. Unfortunately, recent research shows we only need 10-20 percent of the calories in any food we eat to digest it. So, let’s just say you’ve eaten 7 calories of celery – you’ll still have 5.5 calories over – that’s not too bad but definitely not negative!

Myth 4: It takes 21 days to develop a healthy eating habit

Popular dieticians and nutritionists often say it takes 21 days of healthy eating before it finally becomes a habit and for you to start accepting this lifestyle as your new ‘norm’. Truthfully, this random number isn’t a true average and,in many studies, it can often take 18-254 days before your new thing becomes an ingrained habit. For example, getting into the habit of eating a piece of fruit daily can take 66 days although we can hardly imagine a person NOT eating these yummy products every day!