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7 myths about healthy food

1. myth. Not eating breakfast or skipping other meals it is possible to reduce weight.

This myth is false in its essence because people who skip for example breakfast or lunch are more often to overeat in the evening. Consequently it ensures that all day the body lives in the saving- mode and then any surplus calorie it gets it try to accumulate because “bad times” show up. As a result a person will not be feeling well because of the long starving and later he will feel heaviness and discomfort from the overeating in the evening and as a result such eating- regime can really provoke the formation of overweight. Moreover breakfast in no case should be skipped because it is the main meal when we have to receive new energy for the new day.

As dietician Andis Brēmenis emphasizes: “The most important it is to consider all the meals and you should not skip the meal under any circumstances, especially the breakfast when we have to ingest 25% of the necessary daily energy. If you will balance the nutrition in some meals not eating at all, the body will not be in stress and it will be more easier to get rid of excess kilograms!”.

2. myth. All fats are harmful therefore you should avoid them!

Also this myth is wrong. There are two types of “good” fat and “bad” fat or animal fat. The body needs both types of fat because fat are the source of energy, they help the organism to absorb such vitamins as A, D, E and K (without any fat the organism cannot absorb the vitamins). However primarily we need “good” fats because they contain essential fat acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) which our body need but it cannot produce it by itself.

As dietician Andis Brēmanis explains: “The body needs both type of fat and however you should be moderate in “bad” fat consumption because if they are not used they star to accumulate and unsaturated fat acids in many products are hidden, for example in sausages, fried food. It is important to use in everyday menu products that contain “good” fat, for example vegetable produce oil, nuts and far fish, etc.

3. myth. A glass of juice can replace the meal!

This myth is actually true. Juices contain 85-92% of water and however unlike the pure water it contains substances with the energy value- natural sugars and a bit of proteins and very little fat. Fresh juice especially squash contains ballast contains and therefore it is valued as food.

As Andis Brēmanis says: “Juices may be included in the bigger meal but they can be also as small, separate mealtimes. However remember that the juice can not entirely replace a meal!”

4. myth. Margarine is a poor product because it contains more trans- fat!

This myth no longer is true. Up to 90’s beginning margarine actually contained many trans- fats which in its very nature “bad” fats and besides if they are used in to big amount it reduces the “good” cholesterol level in blood.

In nowadays there are no trans-fat in the margarine or they are in a very little amount (middle 0,5 g on every 100g of product, the butter has around 5% from the total weight of the product). By all means hen buying various products (including the butter, margarine, as well as mixed products, etc.) you should pay attention to the trans- fat content, it should not exceed 1 g on every 100 g of the product.

Margarine as a product is very important for people who have heart and cardiovascular diseases because unlike the butter there practically is no cholesterol.

As Andis Brēmanis explains: “Good margarine is made of good vegetable oils which contains valuable poly-saturated fat acids which are needed as a building material in cell membranes and affect the cholesterol level in the blood, at the same time reducing it. Thus for immobile people and individuals with high cholesterol level in the blood would have to rather choose a good quality margarine.”


5. myth. Vegetarianism is unhealthy because the body does not get nutrients that meat has.

This myth is partly true but however it depends on the vegetarian eating habits. Real vegetarians do not eat meat but at the same time they balance the menu so that they would have all the nutrients and vitamins which are in the meat. Consequently vegetarians should pay more attention to their menu planning.

As Andis Brēmanis tells: “People who give up meat for any reasons should think about the supplementing their body with the vitamin B12 and iron. These nutrients in natural way are in meat so they should use other products that are enriched with these substances in order their nutrition would be balanced and they would have all the necessary nutrients.”

6. myth. During the day you must drink at least 8 glasses of water.

This myth can be considered as partly true because water is very important for a person in everyday live but it is doubtful you should need to drink such amount of water. The most important is that a person does not feel thirst and to use the liquid in sufficient amount (during the meals, and additionally if it is needed). Basically the necessary amount of the water depends on the person and also you must remember that many food products contain water.

Andis Brēmanis emphasizes: “During the day the necessary water amount depends on the nutrition, weight, physical load, climatic conditions and other things, characteristics of the specified person and there is no exact amount of water the people should drink. If you have a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables in your nutrition you will need less water but if your menu is with less liquid you will need more water. Fallow your feelings and in any case always keep a bottle of water by your side!”

7. myth. In order to comply with the healthy lifestyle you must not eat after 18:00 o’clock.

Also this myth is partly true because overeating before going to sleep is not healthy. Then the body has to process the food and it has less time to relax. However to eat or not to eat after 18 o’clock it depends on the person himself. People who go to sleep after twelve or one o’clock will definitely want to eat and they should but people who go to sleep already after nine or ten o’clock should not eat after 18:00 o’clock.

As dietician Andis Brēmanis explains: “Eat or not to eat after 18 o’clock depends on a person himself however people should remember that there is no need to eat heavy, backed food at least 2 hours before going to sleep. Tea drinking together with some snacks or some fruits will not mane any problems even if it will be done shortly before going to bed.”

Agnese Marhele @ 2009-10-03 12:07:30

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