(CARLSBAD, CA) – Everybody is giving nutrition advice these days. The clerk at your local drugstore, the radio DJ, and your friends on Facebook all have their favorite tips when it comes to healthy eating. The problem is that much of the nutrition advice we get from those around us is inaccurate.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett busts five of the most common nutrition myths. Take a look at these myths to help you separate fact from fiction.
Myth #1 – Calories consumed at night are worse than those consumed during the day.
While it’s beneficial to spread out your calories throughout the day, calories consumed in the evening are no different than those ingested earlier in the day. A calorie is a calorie. Whether you eat it in the morning, afternoon, or evening, the calorie content of a food doesn’t change. What’s really important is how many calories you consume overall throughout each day.
Myth #2 – Carbs make you fat.
Sure, refined carbs such as doughnuts, sweetened cereal, and white bread are bad for you. But when you cut carbs from your diet, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Good carbs, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. And don’t forget that carbs are a vital fuel for your workout as well.
Myth #3 – All fats are bad.
Your body needs fat to help you absorb nutrients. “Good fats” are even known for decreasing cholesterol levels and fighting off heart disease. So, avoiding fats altogether is counterproductive to your health. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (aka “good fats”) are found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados. Just stay away from saturated and trans fats, which are linked to obesity, heart disease, and other health maladies.
Myth #4 – Steer clear of eggs.
Eggs have received a bad rap in recent years. Egg yolks do have cholesterol, but an occasional egg is not going to single-handedly clog your arteries. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health found no significant link between eating eggs and heart disease. The real culprits for increasing your blood cholesterol are saturated and trans fats, not eggs. Most dieticians agree that eating several eggs per week is perfectly safe. Additionally, one study at Saint Louis University reports that individuals who included eggs with their breakfast consumed 160 fewer calories throughout the remainder of the day than their egg-less counterparts.
Myth #5 – An occasional fast cleanses your body of toxins.
Your body already has a filtering system. It’s called your liver and kidneys. These organs work efficiently to weed-out toxins from your body on a regular basis. Juice fasts – or all types of fasts, for that matter – are unnecessary and potentially harmful. The Mayo Clinic warns that detox diets can lead to dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. For more than 40 years, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive fitness program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.