Because of the Internet, everyone is a critic these days and everyone is pretty much an expert at something. Nutrition, for instance, was, is, and always will be a never-ending debate, contemplating whether some type of food or drink is bad or good for your health.
There are so many opinions flying about that the scientific truth regarding practically all dietary matters has become somewhat obscured. Well, truth be told, a diet is an individual thing, because every single one of us has a different taste pallet and biological predisposition towards certain ingredients, so no one is in a position to be absolutely right.
We are all gourmands deep inside, we simply love to eat. It is considered to be one of the beauties of life – being able to savour all sorts of dishes from each corner of the world. Due to our current technological advancements, we don’t have to fret to acquire exotic ingredients which we cannot find in our country. Everyone has a chance to hone and expand their culinary skills nowadays.
But if you want to clarify certain myths regarding such matters, here are a few interesting nutrition facts which will shed a new light on nutrition:
It is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but it is still being demonized wherever you turn. That is quite unfair, because this warm (and sometimes cold) beverage is actually quite healthy if drunk in moderation. Coffee is high in antioxidants and coffee drinkers reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s among numerous other diseases.
2. Fatty Fish
The reason why fish is good for our bodies is because it contains fats which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and various other nutrients. Salmon is the best example of this claim. Not only does fatty fish lower risks of all sorts of diseases, but it also helps battle dementia and depression.
People have an aversion towards fats, but this macronutrient is necessary for our physical well-being. Just like anything else, once again, moderation is key, but if you want to consume the best kind of fat there is, nuts are the solution.
They also contain magnesium, fiber, vitamin E, and are really good for boosting metabolism, treating type 2 diabetes and heart disease, plus they (almonds in particular) can help you lose weight.
4. Water Is Life
Yes, the majority of our body is comprised of water, but what is even more important is that drinking it helps you activate your body and burn your calories. It is best to drink it when you wake up and about a half an hour before meals.
Only half a liter of water prior to a meal can increase metabolism by around 25%. Also, if you have a hangover, that means that you are dehydrated, so keep a bottle of water close to you when you drink alcohol.
5. Eat Your Veggies, Kids
Mom has always been right when it comes to fruit and vegetables. They are loaded with probiotic fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, so it is no wonder why people who eat them live longer. Bear in mind that fiber helps you digest food faster and helps you get rid of waste material much easier.
That is why fruit and veggies are excellent for battling obesity and they lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and all manner of diseases depending on what you are eating, of course.
6. Protein Is Crucial
A lot of experts claim that the average daily intake of protein, especially among kids, is too low. This macronutrient is extremely important for athletes and if your nutritionist’s coaching skills are at a professional level, you will know how to supply yourself with a sufficient amount in order to lower your blood sugar and regulate blood pressure.
Protein is the building block of muscles, so you cannot become an excellent sportsman/woman without this macronutrient to strengthen and sustain your body.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nutrition facts and culinary secrets. If you find this article interesting, then by all means, do some more research on this matter. But make sure to find proven sources about nutrition facts. Who knows what the Internet has in store for us regarding this topic and how many dietary claims are in fact false.
Also, apart from striving to eat healthy food, make sure that it tastes good, too. Don’t abandon your hedonism.
This is a guest post written by Samantha(@sam_olivier_), a fitness freak who has spent two years working as a personal trainer. If you enjoyed these nutrition facts share them with your friends and family. Stay fit!