Popular food myths that have since been debunked (12 Photos)

Myth: Your body communicates with you through cravings Most people assume that when we have cravings for something it is because there is some type of deficiency, but cravings are mostly linked to our emotional state.

Myth: Microwaves destroy the nutrients in food Using the microwave does have an affect on certain nutrients, but it doesn’t magically zap all the nutrients from the food.

Myth: You need more fiber There is no arguing that fiber isn’t important, but we don’t need to go out of our way to eat fiber-enriched foods. The food we regularly eat normally has enough.

Myth: Chicken skin is bad for you People have always assumed that since chicken skins were greasy (and delicious) that they were bad for you. As it turns out, chicken skin is actually 55% heart friendly monounsaturated fat.

Myth: The skin of potatoes contains all the nutrients Potato skin is certainly rich in multiple vitamins, but it still only contains 20% of the nutrients.

Myth: Sea salt is healthier than regular salt While it may not be processed, sea salt counts for the exact same amount of your daily intake of sodium.

Myth: Carrots improve your eyesight Carotene may help keep your vision, but it can’t make your eyesight any better than it is.

Myth: Avoid whole milk While it might be a little fat in content, drinking whole milk has been linked to a decrease in the risk of heart disease.

Myth: Gluten-free living will benefit everyone If you’re not gluten sensitive or intolerant, going gluten-free really won’t accomplish much.

Myth: In order to lose one pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories This isn’t correct because there are just far too many variables to get an exact calculation on what burns exactly one pound of fat.

Myth: Scales are a good way to determine fat loss When some people begin exercising to lose weight and gain muscle, they may be disappointed when they see the numbers on the scale go up instead of down. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you may be shedding fat, but gaining weight in healthy muscle mass.

Myth: Fat free means healthier The problem with many fat free products is that while the fats have been removed, these products often contain loads of sugar, which isn’t exactly a healthy alternative.