I bet you believe at least one of these!
1. Eating chocolate will give you spots
There is no evidence that chocolate gives you spots, however chocolate does contain high level of sugar and fat, so should be eaten within a balance healthy diet. Most young people tend to get spots due to hormone changes as they go through puberty, for some people this could be an occasional spot for others it could be acne.
2. Eating brown sugar is better than eating white sugar
All sugar is the same. It has the same calories and if you eat too much you are more likely to put on weight and suffer with problems with your teeth and gums.
3. Eating carbohydrates will make you put on weight
You need carbohydrates in your diet to provide energy which is needed to keep you going. If you don’t eat enough carbohydrates then you can feel tired and lack the energy to do anything. Carbohydrates are naturally low fat foods; it is what you do to them that makes them high in fat, such as having a jacket potato with cheese, coleslaw and butter, or having pasta in cream sauce.
4. If you eat food late at night you are more likely to gain weight
For most people it does not matter when they eat, but what they eat over the whole day, so if you are eating 3 regular meals and having planned healthy snacks including supper your weight should be in the healthy range. However if you are eating 3 regular meals plus high fat/sugar snacks and then having a big supper like burger and chips you are more likely to put weight on.
5. Missing breakfast is a good way to lose weight
If you skip breakfast you are more likely to snack and because you are hungry you will often choose high sugar/ fat snacks. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast everyday tend to be a healthier weight compared to people who skip breakfast. For more information on being a healthy weight check out the healthy weight section.
6. As long as you are active you can eat anything
Your food intake needs to be balanced for your body to work properly, if you have a diet high sugar and fat even if you are very active it will put a strain on your body, just because your body looks fit and healthy from the outside, the inside of your body could be showing signs of your poor diet, this could be with poor teeth and gums, not having any energy, feeling tired all the time, have a look at the eatwell plate to see if you are eating a balanced healthy diet.
7. Increasing your protein intake will increase your muscles
Increasing your protein intake will not increase your muscles. You need to do a combination of resistance training and have a diet that contains the right amount of energy and carbohydrates to meet your body’s needs. If you do not eat enough carbohydrates or energy rich foods then your body will use your protein intake for energy.
8. Whole milk contains more calcium than semi-skimmed milk
The less fat the milk contains the more calcium it has, so semi skimmed milk has more calcium than whole and skimmed milk has more calcium than semi skimmed milk. Try to have 3 low fat dairy foods or drinks everyday.
9. Drinking energy drinks before an exam will help you remember more
Evidence has shown that if you drink high caffeine energy drinks during revision or before an exam you more likely to underperform, as the energy drink slow down the pathway to process information. Scientists think that this is due to lack of sleep, as the high caffeine energy drinks are designed to keep you awake.
10. Fresh vegetables are better than frozen
Frozen vegetables can often contain more vitamins compare to fresh, as vitamins decrease in vegetables the longer they are stored. Some vegetables take a couple of days to get to the shop and then they are stored at home for a few days before being eating, whereas frozen vegetable tend to be frozen the same day as they are picked. This means the vitamin levels decrease very slowly in frozen foods. But whether your vegetable is frozen or fresh it will count to your 5 a day.
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