Wednesday, June 03, 2009

New General Interest Article - Common Misconceptions: Things We Know That Just Aren't So

New General Interest Article - Common Misconceptions: Things We Know That Just Aren't So

We all live with misconceptions about the world. This is quite normal. No one can be an expert in everything, so we simplify our learning into easy-to-remember snippets, which are often very close to the truth, but never quite there. Generally, our misconceptions are insignificant and do little harm. Some times they are very significant and do a lot of harm.

Here are some of my favorite misconceptions. It is up to you to determine how important or insignificant they may be in your own life. If you have doubts, do some research.

NUTRITION Eating at night does not cause weight gain. It is total calories that count. If your body requires 2000 calories a day for normal functioning, then if you take in 2100 calories you will gain weight and if you take in 1900 calories you will lose weight. Many diet plans recommend eating small portions throughout the day to avoid over-eating in the evening, which will almost certainly result in your taking in more calories than your body needs.

Fasting does not help rid the body of toxins. Fasting may give the perception of "cleaning out" impurities, but there is no scientific evidence that this actually happens. It is more a question of mind over stomach.

"Low fat" does not mean low calories. Low-fat foods often have the same or more calories than regular versions, especially for fat-free products. To maintain flavor, fat-free foods often contain add sugar. Read the label.

Olive oil does not have fewer calories than other oils. Like the others, olive oil is 100 percent fat and has essentially the same energy content, about 120 calories per tablespoon. "Light" olive oil refers to the flavor, not the calories.

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