How Many Times Have You Fallen for These Diet Myths?

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Can you count how many times you’ve fallen for those inaccurate, misleading, and potentially dangerous diet scams – often called diet fads – in the name of nutritional health and weight loss? And if you’re still falling for these nutritional myths, here are some eye openers to really give you adequate reason to quit while you’re ahead.

The Cure-all Superfood Coconut Oil

According to many popular wellness websites pushing this miracle food, it’s good for a lot of things to make you healthier. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all of coconut oil’s health claims are misleading and unsubstantiated at best. Although coconut oil, or its water derivative, does contain triglycerides and lauric acid, there is no sufficient scientific evidence to suggest that these have any long term health benefits. Also, coconut oil contains 90 percent saturated fat; butter contains 65 percent, so imagine the calorie content of coconut oil. So much for being a miracle food.

Saturated fat isn’t bad for the heart

Though many studies are now coming debunking that saturated fat in meat and other sources aren’t bad for the heart after all, there is still conflicting information on this. Many medical experts aren’t convinced of the accuracy of the studies and have limited results. According to many experts and studies, while eating saturated fat will not kill your heart outright, reducing the amount of saturated fat in the daily diet still proves to improve heart health, especially when replaced with polyunsaturated fats. Also, a diet low in saturated fats but high in added sugars and refined carbs will still increase the risk of heart disease.

Gluten-Free is good for you

While gluten-free food is good for those with real gluten allergies, going for a gluten-free diet to stay healthy or to lose weight may actually lead to vitamin deficiencies. This is because gluten-free foods are low in fiber and other essential vitamins and minerals. Those who followed a strictly gluten-free eating program were found to be deficient in calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, folate, and thiamin, as well as vitamin A and zinc.

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