04 Oct 2016
Myth : Myth: I will go on a fruit only diet to loose weight

Fact : Fact : Even though fruit is high in vitamins, minerals and fibre, this group is loaded with fruit sugar. Weight loss diet needs to comprise of high fibrous foods from cereals and lentils. A handsome serving of vegetables would aid in adding variety and bulk in the diet. A handful of nuts or a cup of yogurt will slow down digestion and keep the blood sugar levels steady.


03 Aug 2016
Myth : Avoid nuts when are trying to lose weight.

Fact : Walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashew nuts, pistachios, almonds and chestnuts clubbed as one have a high fat content but are high quality fats composed purely of unsaturated fatty acids that help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts and walnuts all contain a high quantity of lecithin which promoted memory and concentration. Nuts should be eaten in moderation and in their natural state. Frying and salting them will lead to concentrated sodium and bad fat ingestion.


03 Aug 2016
Myth : Myth: Healthy food is unaffordable!

Fact : Fact: Food companies keep introducing new and modified food items labelled as health food. However, procurng health based food is not only simple but inexpensive too. it is actually more likely you will find a lot of cheap healthy meal ideas that help save you money. You just need to be clever and creative about it. Buy what’s local and in season.Try preserving seasonal fruit by sundrying them at home. Make your own muesli and protein bars at home. Try pre preparing a batch of ready to eat snacks.


05 Jul 2016
Myth : Any Aloe vera plant is safe for ingestion as well topical application.

Fact : Even the commercially prepared aloe vera gels come with a warning that this could cause burning and itching and ingesting aloe vera in high doses can be dangerous. Because the aloe vera plant is not approved by the FDA as a medicine and its health benefits are derived from often contradicting research findings, there are some things you will want to keep in mind when using it. Aloe latex (the yellow substance located right beneath the aloe leaf’s surface) is often known as the unsafe part of the aloe vera plant due to its laxative properties. There are chances that some aloe latex can slip into the extracted aloe vera gel causing you tummy troubles.


05 Jul 2016
Myth : The Higher the SPF, the Longer You Can Stay in the Sun.

Fact : Sun Protection factor shields out the UV rays of the sun but gives no indication of how long a product protects you from the sun’s blistering, cancer-causing UVB rays. While an SPF of 15, screens out only about 93 percent of UVB light, an SPF of 30 filters out 97 percent and those any higher don’t offer much more benefit. It is always advised to use a sunscreen that will be effective only if it is reapplied at least every two hours; use at least a teaspoon of it on your face. Use the broad spectrum sunscreens that cover both UVA and UVB rays.


05 Jul 2016
Myth : Nuts are as bad as junk food.

Fact : Nuts are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients, as long as you keep servings to a handful. Harvard researchers found that women who ate that amount about five times a week were 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t eat them as often. Additionally, several large studies have found that a regular intake of nuts protects against heart disease


05 Jul 2016
Myth : It is not advisable to drink too many glasses of water in the morning as it leads to bloat and heavi

Fact : On the contrary begin your day with several glasses of water for rehydrating your body after the night and begin the day with better biochemical balance. Plain water at the right temperature is the best hydrating beverage. Few beverages such as tea or aerated drinks have a diuretic effect on the body leading to water elimination. Watch out your coffee and colas consumption.


05 May 2016
Myth : Pineapple is not harmful in early pregnancy

Fact : There are some warnings regarding the consumption of pineapple juice. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, you should limit the quantity of pineapple juice you consume, as it can cause uterine contractions, which can cause a miscarriage. Also any juice from a pineapple that is not yet ripened can be quite dangerous as well. Pineapple juice is sweet and delicious, but if consumed in large quantities, you can experience vomiting, diarrohea or even rashes on your skin.


05 May 2016
Myth : Skip meals lose weight

Fact : This theory hardly holds true for long. Skipping meals leads to water loss and muscle loss. Since muscle is heavier than fat, the weighing scale shows a drop in weight. Eating smaller lighter meals at small intervals helps in fat loss and better weight management.


04 Apr 2016
Myth : Fish is Full of Good Fat

Fact : Fish does have good fat but there is bad fat also present in fish. The good fat in fish is the omega 3 present upto 30 percent which helps prevent blood clots and reduces inflammation. But the other 70 percent or more is a mixture of saturated fat that tends to raise cholesterol.Tuna for example, is 23 percent "good" fat and 33 percent "bad" fat. For salmon, the numbers are 27 percent "good" fat, and 16 percent "bad" fat, with lots of other fat thrown into the mix.


17 Feb 2016
Myth : Myth: “A raw-food diet provides enzymes that are essential to healthy digestion.”

Fact : Some enzymes present in raw food are made only for the survival of plants. Such enzymes are not essential for the human health. Some essential nutrients are made available to the body for absorption only after subjecting them through gentle heat. Moreover, plant enzymes might reach the small intestine intact but their overall contribution to human digestion appears minimal. Human body is such that we continue to make enzymes as long as we live.


23 Jan 2016
Myth : Fat-free and low-fat foods are always healthier than full-fat varieties

Fact : When it comes to dairy products and some other foods, such as meat, you can reliably adopt a simple rule: The less fat, the better. But that’s not always the case with other foods. Take salad dressing for instance if you are trying to lose weight, switching from an oil-based dressing to a low-fat or fat-free dressing may make sense. But sparing yourself 100 calories or so (per 2 tablespoons) comes at a cost. For starters, salad dressings made with healthy monounsaturated fats, such as olive or canola oil, may help prevent heart disease and other conditions. What’s more, a recent study shows that you may be missing out on important disease protection by going oil-free. That’s because without some fat in the meal, your digestive tract won’t absorb many of the nutrients in a salad. There’s no need to drown your greens in oil, however; 1 or 2 tablespoons will get the job done.


23 Jan 2016
Myth : Looking at sun clears your eyes and does not damage vision

Fact : Sun has UV rays that have been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis, and corneal dystrophies. Looking at sun may cause permanent eye damage. The most dangerous time for sun gazing is during a solar eclipse. The brightness of the sun is hidden; but the dangerous invisible rays that permanently burn your eyes are not reduced.


17 Dec 2015
Myth : You should not have curd at night if you have a bad cold

Fact : Milk in our country is always set at a warmer temperature to form curd. Once set it is pushed to chill inside the refrigerator. Curd in its natural form is warm. It is a good source of minerals and a few vitamins that will on the contrary help to cure a cold. It is however advised to consume curd at room temperature.


17 Dec 2015
Myth : It does not matter if you are thin overall and carry weight only around a specific body area.

Fact : The health risks are greater if you tend to carry your weight around your abdomen, as opposed to your hips and thighs. A lot of belly fat is stored deep below the skin surrounding the abdominal organs and liver, and is closely linked to insulin resistance and diabetes. Calories obtained from high sugary beverages such as soda and processed foods like doughnuts, muffins, and candy) are more likely to add to this dangerous fat around your belly. Cutting back on sugary foods can mean a slimmer waistline and lower risk of disease.


17 Dec 2015
Myth : Children become overweight because of family genes or their lifestyle habits.

Fact : The expectant mothers who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy have four times the risk of having an overweight child. This will be a major contributing factor in leading to obesity in the adolescence. Research shows that children born to normal-weight mothers are less likely to be overweight as they grow up. Their fat metabolic pattern will process fats and carbohydrates in a healthier way than for those children born to overweight mothers.


23 Nov 2015
Myth : Fact: Fresh is always better than frozen!

Fact : Vegetables and fruit even today depend on the perfectly conducive environment and season for growth. Frozen produce can be as nutritious as fresh, Heller says, because it’s flash-frozen shortly after picking, which means it retains more nutrients than if it has to travel, unfrozen, for days before being sold. Plus, frozen often costs less. If you prefer fresh, try to buy local.


28 Oct 2015
Myth : Best way to lose weight in winter is by going on a soup only diet

Fact : Many soups are low in calories and high in vitamins and protein, especially if they contain vegetables and a source of lean protein such as paneer or chicken or black beans. Soup can be a healthy addition to a weight loss diet. A weight loss diet based on soup only will be devoid of nutrients. Some fad diets involve eating soup as a drastic way to lose weight quickly. These diets are unsafe and unsustainable ways to lose weight.


08 Oct 2015
Myth : Myth: “Calories from ice cream eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.”

Fact : According to Dr. John Foreyt, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine “Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in.” It is like stashing money in a bank. It is not necessary to know the source of the earning or the time of cash deposit. The end result is savings in the bank. Similarly, the calorie deposit is the same at any time of the day.


21 Sep 2015
Myth : Food eaten after 6 p.m. turns to fat

Fact : Weight gain is the result of eating too many calories throughout the entire day. The timing of the meal has less impact than the overall quantity of calories consumed. It is because we are less active in the evening and a heavy meal will resultantly remain stashed in our system. Food eaten after this time doesn’t necessarily turn to fat. It is recommended eating more of your energy in the front of your day. This will not only reduce the amount you consume overall, but will allow you time to properly digest food prior to sleeping. Finish your last meal at least 3 hours before going to bed!


08 Sep 2015
Myth : It is alright for Children to drink as much fruit juice as it is healthy.

Fact : Fruit juices are concentrated sources of sugar. They contain similar amounts of sugar and calories compared to soda or soft drinks. Too much fruit juice can resultantly lead to excessive weight gain. As fruit juice has high levels of sugar and is quite acidic, drinking too much may also contribute to tooth decay when sipped regularly over prolonged periods. It is best to eat fruit without juicing them. Also advised is to add a mix of vegetables to plain fruit juice to enhance the fiber and nutrient quotient.


24 Aug 2015
Myth : Myth: Children need to drink whole milk only.

Fact : This adage holds true till the child's first two years only. Post that, milk does not remain the only source of fat which is essential for developing of brain tissues. The additional fat present in whole milk won’t do them any more good after the age of two, and skim or 2 percent will provide all of the calcium and other nutrients as well.


24 Aug 2015
Myth : Myth: Children need to drink whole milk only.

Fact : This adage holds true till the child's first two years only. Post that, milk does not remain the only source of fat which is essential for developing of brain tissues. The additional fat present in whole milk won’t do them any more good after the age of two, and skim or 2 percent will provide all of the calcium and other nutrients as well.


10 Aug 2015
Myth : Once you reach your 60s and you need fewer nutrients.

Fact : Agreeable with age, the requirements for few minerals such as calcium and potassium, increase along with the need for vitamin D, and B12. This is due to the fact that seniors need fewer calories yet more of some key nutrients, they must take special care to eat nutrient-rich foods. The reason is as we age, our bodies are less efficient at making or absorbing some vitamins and minerals. The skin’s ability to generate vitamin D from sunlight declines. The body’s ability to absorb B12 also decreases.


29 Jul 2015
Myth : Healthy food is unaffordable!

Fact : Fact: Food companies keep introducing new and modified food items labeled as health food. However, procuring health based food is not only simple but inexpensive too. it is actually more likely you will find a lot of cheap healthy meal ideas that help save you money. You just need to be clever and creative about it. Buy what is seasonal and available locally. Try preserving seasonal fruit by sun drying them at home. Make your own muesli and protein bars at home. Try pre preparing a batch of ready to eat snacks.


14 Jul 2015
Myth : Coffee Causes Cancer

Fact : This stimulating beverage has been linked to cancer on several occasions over the past generation or so. Scientists used superior research methods to study larger groups of people. They found none. Studies have also shown in recent years that drinking coffee appears to offer some protection against other conditions including Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes. It is the number of coffee mugs sipped through the day that causes a lot of harm to the body. But no scientific studies support this theory.


04 Jul 2015
Myth : Avoid completely or lower your salt intake to reduce Blood Pressure.

Fact : Sodium on the contrary is needed to maintain the blood pressure. If sodium to potassium ratio gets disturbed the water balance in the body too gets affected which in turn disturbs the blood pressure. The disturbed Na-K ratio also comes in the way of nutrient absorption into the cells. What needs to be considered is the source of salt intake. Sodium in the form of preservatives, pickles and processed foods certainly needs to be avoided.


08 Jun 2015
Myth : Eggs are responsible for the increase in Cholesterol levels!

Fact : Depriving yourself of an egg means foregoing 13 naturally occurring vitamins and minerals as rightly said by researchers. The body's cholesterol levels are influenced by certain saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain very little saturated fat (1.5 grams of fat per large egg) and absolutely no trans fat. It is suggested that eat the whites and not the yolks but even though the yolks have a lot of cholesterol, very little of it actually makes it into your bloodstream, where it matters.


23 May 2015
Myth : Curd should be avoided if you have a cold.

Fact : Curd has live bacteria that help in stimulating the production of white blood cells. People, who ate yogurt with live bacteria on a regular basis, had higher levels of immune system T cells, which protect our body from disease-causing germs. Bacteria in yogurt also help to absorb many nutrients, which are important for our immune system. On a cold, it is best to continue to eat curd and flavoured yoghurts at room temperature. Choose low-fat, sugar-free yogurt with "live active cultures" or probiotic curd to help you recover from colds- faster.


12 May 2015
Myth : Hot foods kept in the refrigerator make food poisonous.

Fact : Hot food can be placed in the refrigerator. Bacteria grows very fast on food left out to cool at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Large amounts of food should be divided into small portions and put in shallow containers for quicker cooling in the refrigerator. Perishable foods should be put in a refrigerator that is 40 degrees or below, within 2 hours of preparation.


22 Apr 2015
Myth : ENERGY DRINKS do not cause harm to the body.

Fact : Fact: The energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine which provides a temporary energy boost. A 2011 report from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that men who consumed such drinks on a daily basis had certain markers of cardiovascular disease in their blood, including higher levels of lipids like triglycerides and lower levels of HDL, or the good cholesterol.FDA limits the caffeine contents of cola-type soft drinks to 71 milligrams per 12 fluid ounces, no such limit is required on energy drinks rendering them more unsafe. Fresh juices high in potassium and sodium are ideal rehydration therapy. Stay hydrated this summer with safer options.


09 Apr 2015
Myth : Myth: Be safe by doing away the 'nutrient devoid' skin of the Apple!

Fact : The skin of the apple is unusually rich in nutrients, and even if the recipe you've chosen requires peeled apples, consider leaving the skins on to receive the unique benefits found in the skins. Ideally, of course, choose organic apples to avoid problems related to pesticide residues and other contaminants on the skins. If you cannot obtain organic apples, and you are willing to accept some level of risk related to consumption of residues on the apple skins, we believe that it can still be a good trade-off between nutrients and contaminants if you leave the skin of the apple intact and eat the apple unpeeled. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse the entire apple under a stream of pure water while gently scrubbing the skin with a natural bristle brush for 10-15 seconds.


30 Mar 2015
Myth : The healthy way to drop weight is on a High-protein/low-carbs meal.

Fact : Eating fewer than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day can lead to the buildup of ketones (partially broken-down fats) in the blood. This can lead to ketosis which can further lead to high levels of uric acid and kidney stones. High protein sources can be meat, eggs, cheese which is also concentrated sources of harmful fats and cholesterol. This may raise the risk of heart disease. In order to go low on carbs, the intake of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains decreases this may lead to constipation due to lack of dietary fiber. Moreover, following a high-protein/low-carbohydrate diet may also lead to nausea and fatigue.


09 Mar 2015
Myth : All food colours are safe and harmless.

Fact : Fact:Even though, adverse reactions to food colours occur only in a small proportion of the population, yet possible risks to humans can be associated with the ingestion of food colours over a period of time. Symptoms include skin rashes, nasal congestion and hives, although the incidence as low as one or two persons in 10,000 have been estimated. However, if you are used to ignorantly eating synthetic colours filled diet for your whole life with little or no harm to your body, it’s because the human body is remarkably resilient. But with age comes reduced resistance, and these toxins start accumulating in the body after a certain point. The liver, our natural cleanser, is the first to suffer. Eat only natural foods and natural food colours as much as you can.


12 Feb 2015
Myth : Sugar consumption leads to cancer.

Fact : Agreeably all cells- including cancer cells depend on blood sugar for energy. But on consuming more sugar, the growth of cancer cells does not speed up. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar does not slow their growth either. In a cancer research report, it was stated that this misconception may be based in part on a misunderstanding of positron emission tomography (PET) scans, which use a small amount of radioactive tracer — typically a form of glucose. All tissues in our body absorb some of this tracer, but tissues that are using more energy including cancer cells absorb greater amounts. Sugar by and large should be limited to a minimum low in our daily food consumption, not just to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.


10 Jan 2015
Myth : Fruit diet leads to quick slimming

Fact : Weight-loss diets planned non-scientifically rely a great deal on mono-diets. Fruit based diets consider fruit a freebie that dieters don't have to factor into their daily tally. Fruit is agreeably high in vitamins and fiber but on the flipside are the calories and sugar content present in fruit. For weight loss, it is recommended to stick to four or five servings of fruit a day. This along with a fair balance of complex carbs, a good serving of protein and fiber will eventually aid in slimming you to your ideal weight.


03 Jan 2015
Myth : Radiation from microwaves alters the food quality.

Fact : “Radiation” does sound like a major health hazard. Just like in radio or energy waves from visual lights, in a microwave too, the energy travels in waves and spreads out as it goes. A lot of comparison is made with X-rays and gamma rays which do pose health concerns. But the 'microwaves' in a microwave used to cook foods are many, many times weaker than X-rays and gamma rays. Microwave radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation which means it cannot directly break up atoms or molecules or damage DNA of living foods. Microwave ovens are safe when used as directed. Microwaving in any plastic cookware or a low quality bakeware may leach compounds into food, so take care to use only microwave-safe containers.


15 Dec 2014
Myth : Cooked veggies are inferior nutritionally to the raw ones.

Fact : Fact: Finely chopping the veggies or open cooking them definitely leads to some degree of nutrients getting lost in the process, however cooking on the other hand breaks down the fiber content in vegetables making the vital nutrients easier to absorb. Additionally, few vegetables such as carrot or tomatoes release more lycopene on cooking.


08 Dec 2014
Myth : Cold weather makes you sick

Fact : Fact: Is it a given that winter will bring with it respiratory tract infections? It is not the cold weather that weakens our immune defense. It is the lack of humidity and more dryness in the air that dries out the mucus lining of the nasal passages making it easier an entry for the viruses leaving you feeling sick. By keeping your body well nourished and hydrated, enables you to pose a tough fight against such deadly viruses. Steam inhalations help in clearing the clogged nasal passages. Keep yourselves well clad and warm!


17 Nov 2014
Myth : Women with diabetes should not get pregnant.

Fact : Statistics reveal that diabetic women have enjoyed healthy pregnancies and also given birth to healthy babies. Agreeably diabetic mothers do require closely monitored diet program in order to keep their blood sugar in check. The meal frequency, meal type, food combinations, nutrient distribution through the meals has to be well balanced with insulin intake. The expectant mother needs to combine a daily exercise or physical activity pattern to stay healthy.


07 Nov 2014
Myth : You shouldn't exercise in the cold!

Fact : To think that the winter chill slows you down as you hit outdoors is wrong. Indeed crawling out from under the comforter for a walk or jog in the morning chill is a task but according to research published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, in cold temperatures, race times are actually faster. You pace quicker and burn more calories in less time. So, put on your running shoes every day and kick the winter blues away.


14 Oct 2014
Myth : Lactose intolerance is the same as milk allergy!

Fact : Fact: Milk allergy can be more life threatening than lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance causes discomfort but there is no risk to life on drinking milk. It is more of an enzyme deficiency that lactose is not tolerated by the body. The enzyme lactase is necessary to digest the sugar in milk. Common symptoms include nausea, cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhoea, which begin about 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking foods containing lactose. The severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of lactose each individual can tolerate. Milk allergy on the other hand is the body having an immune reaction to the protein in milk. Typical reactions to milk protein allergy involve problems associated with the skin, the stomach or intestines and the lungs. Itchy red rash, hives, swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, face or throat, eczema, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, gas, cramping, wheezing etc. Long term symptoms include migraine, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety. Children may get hyperactive, bed-wet or even be inattentive.


06 Oct 2014
Myth : Candies and toffees only are responsible for Dental Caries

Fact : Fact - Frequent sugar contacts cause much more decay. But it is wrong to say that only candies lead to the decay. Most of the sugar consumed is not only in candy and sweets. The problem is that manufacturers put sugar into all sorts of food items ranging from ketchup and white bread, spaghetti sauce and mayonnaise to almost all processed foods. The germs in the plaque are very small. Upon contact with sugar they get all that they need. It takes the germs about 30 minutes to digest the sugar and turn it into acid before they are ready to eat more. After the first bite, they are full. It is more so like eating one full cake in one sitting making one sugar contact vis-a-vis, slicing it into 24 pieces and thus making twenty-four times sugar contact increasing the chances for tooth decay.


16 Sep 2014
Myth : Today´s fruits are too sweet and inferior nutritionally as compared with fruits in the past.

Fact : Fruit in the past were agreeably free from pesticides. Comparative data about today’s fruit renders them to be nutritionally adequate even if they are not as nutritious as they used to be earlier. Research says fruits that are continually being hybridized with new strains to add variety are the same in their nutritive values. While flavour and sweetness are taken into account in the development of new varieties and strains, nutritionally such fruit are at par or a little less, a few maybe more nutritive than their ancestral lot.


06 Sep 2014
Myth : To lose weight stay away from Carbs!

Fact : Fact: There are good and bad carbohydrates. Agreeably, the bad carbs are those which are refined or made with corn, fructose that increase belly fat. It is the good carbohydrates or complex carbs such as whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, oats, whole wheat pasta, fruit and vegetables that are packed with fiber. Such carbs also reduce the visceral fat which is dangerous as it is the kind of fat that wraps around the visceral organs promoting insulin storage. Cravings for more sugar resultantly increase leading to weight gain and added risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, breast and colon cancers and type 2 diabetes.


19 Aug 2014
Myth : ENERGY DRINKS are dietary supplements for gymmers.

Fact : Fact: The energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine which provides a temporary energy boost. Some energy drinks contain sugar and other substances. The boost is short-lived, however, and may be accompanied by other problems. There are energy drinks with added sugar that may contribute to weight gain. Too much caffeine leads to nervousness, insomnia, palpitations and increased blood pressure. Research shows that caffeine is present in much higher levels than the permitted range approved by the FDA for soft drinks. FDA limits the caffeine contents of cola-type soft drinks to 71 milligrams per 12 fluid ounces, no such limit is required on energy drinks rendering them more unsafe. Fresh juices high in potassium and sodium are ideal rehydration therapy.


05 Aug 2014
Myth : Loading up on fruit helps you slim down.

Fact : Fact: Grazing on fruit all day just because you are on a weight loss diet? Or following a bizarre diet that has only 1 fruit repeated in all meals in your daily tally. But just because grapes are loaded with nutrients does not mean you should graze on them all day. Even though fruit is high in vitamins, minerals and fibre, this group is loaded with fruit sugar. Weight loss diet needs to comprise of high fibrous foods from cereals and lentils. A handsome serving of vegetables would aid in adding variety and bulk in the diet. A handful of nuts or a cup of yogurt will slow down digestion and keep the blood sugar levels steady.


21 Jul 2014
Myth : On slicing an apple, the surface turns brown which shows it is the richest source of Iron.

Fact : Fact: Apple is not the richest source of iron. The brown colour is the result of oxidation. Apples turn brown due to an enzyme in the fruit that reacts with oxygen in the air. This process is known as "oxidation." A medium apple contains .31 milligrams of iron mount to less than 2 percent of the iron a woman needs to consume each day.


07 Jul 2014
Myth : Sugar Causes Diabetes

Fact : If you do not have diabetes, sugar intake will not cause you to develop the disease. The main risk factors for type 2 diabetes are a diet high in calories, being overweight and an inactive lifestyle. If you have diabetes, you need to watch your intake of sugar and carbohydrate. A registered dietician can help you to manage your blood sugar level.


13 Jun 2014
Myth : You need to stop tea consumption in summer to prevent dehydration

Fact : Fact: Green tea is packed with healthy antioxidants and phytonutrients and helps restore the fluid balance in the body. Its potent plant nutrient called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG is an overall fat buster which increases the rate at which fat is burned in the body. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who drink about 3 cups of green tea daily had a 46 to 65 percent decrease in their risk of developing hypertension. Keep up the consumption of green tea by switching to iced tea in scorching summer months.


07 Jun 2014
Myth : Any summer drink with some amount of water content is good for hydrating the body.

Fact : FACT: Not all summer drinks are hydrating. Soda’s and colas have a diuretic effect in the body leading to dehydration. There are drinks containing added sugar and are full of artificial colorants. Such drinks on the contrary require the body to work harder in order to metabolize them and eliminate from kidneys. This is a vicious cycle of quenching thirst with thirst quenching beverages leading to increased dehydration and kidneys overload. Go for fruit flavoured water, low fat buttermilk, herbal iced teas, 100 percent fruit juice mixes and more.


19 May 2014
Myth : I can eat more salt in summer as I sweat it out.

Fact : About 75% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, cheese, soda and sauces. We are eating too much salt without even realizing. You only lose a small amount of salt in sweat, and as we all eat more than we need we do not need extra salt in summer. Try and make it a habit to lower your salt intake for 3-4 weeks. As a result, your taste buds will adjust and become more sensitive to the same amount of flavour from less salt. You will also be able to taste the natural flavours of food.


02 May 2014
Myth : Permitted Food colours used in kiddie candies are safe for kids.

Fact : Scientists have been studying the link between food additives and hyperactivity in children. In 2007, a British study published in The Lancet concluded that consuming artificial coloring and preservatives in food can increase hyperactivity in kids. Few dyes such as Yellow No. 5 has been thought to worsen asthma symptoms. Processed foods, which tend to contain more additives, are often less healthy and should be eaten less often. The best recipe for health is to maximize intake of whole, fresh foods. These foods are free from additives and reduce the risk of cancer and other lifestyle diseases.


21 Apr 2014
Myth : Go for food items packed with Fiber to lose weight!

Fact : Fact: Our daily recommended intake for fiber should be 25 grams. Not all food pack in good fiber. Go for the naturally occurring fiber found in vegetables and fruit and whole grains. Synthetic Fiber added in granola, muesli or protein bars or crackers crowding the supermarts are also high on added sweetners sugar and fat. Think natural and consume natural.


07 Apr 2014
Myth : Results of weight loss show only on long duration of physical activity

Fact : Experts advise doing aerobic activity for periods of as short as a 10 minutes duration or longer at a time. You do not need to be active for long periods to achieve your 150 to 300 minutes of activity each week but can spread these sessions out over the week. Plan to do at least 10 minutes of physical activity three times a day on 5 or more days a week. Whether for a short or long period, bursts of activity may add up to the total amount of physical activity you need each week.


18 Mar 2014
Myth : I got stones in my kidney because of excessive Tea consumption

Fact : Stones in kidneys cannot be left to guesswork and by myths that surround them. It requires careful analysis as to the composition of the stone. It is assumed that tea and iced tea in particular cause stones. Whatever potential risks may be associated with tea, oxalates are present only in some teas. Studies clearly show that they do not increase the risk of stones. Being dehydrated is the most common cause of kidney stones. Men are four times more likely to develop kidney stones than women. And postmenopausal women with low estrogen levels and those who have had their ovaries removed are also at greater risk.


08 Mar 2014
Myth : Weight gained during menopause is difficult to lose!

Fact : Women do gain weight during the peri-menopausal stages. However, this weight gain need not be considered as permanent. The ovaries agreeably decrease estrogen production at this stage and there is a gain in weight. Hormones such as the estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin are imbalanced that otherwise work in symphony to regulate metabolism and weight. This inevitable mid age weight crisis need not be accepted but worked upon. Exercise, a healthy diet, and natural supplements can assist women to lose weight at these times.


17 Feb 2014
Myth : It is unsafe to Eat All Cruciferous vegetables uncooked.

Fact : Broccoli delivers a healthy dose of sulforaphane, a compound that is known to fight cancer. Raw broccoli provides significantly more of this beneficial nutrient than cooked as heat makes this compound unavailable to the body. Eat broccoli raw or slightly blanched to keep sulforaphane unlocked for the body to absorb this super foods’ rich cancer fighting compounds.


07 Feb 2014
Myth : Athletes do not get Osteoporosis

Fact : Osteopenia, a condition of low bone mass which precedes osteoporosis is fairly prevalent among women who participate in sports that place a significant emphasis on low body weight. Lisa Dorfman -certified specialist in sports dietetics comments “When female athletes over-exercise and limit their calorie intake, they frequently lose their menstrual cycle. When these three things occur together called the female athlete triad, women are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis. She further adds even though both running and strength training decrease the chance of osteoporosis, they will not protect against the disease if the triad occurs. In addition to this, there are many nutrients beyond calcium important to bone health including vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium. A balance diet, regular exercise and normal hormonal levels all work together to support healthy bones. Strike balance. Avoid over-exercising, and eat a healthy diet with enough food and calories to fuel your body.


18 Jan 2014
Myth : Skim milk contains less calcium than whole milk

Fact : All varieties of milk have the same amount of vitamins and minerals including calcium. The only difference is in the amount of fat and calorie content. Most varieties of cow's milk contain between 275 and 300 mg of calcium per cup. Reducing fat content in milk on the contrary slightly increases its calcium content as the fat in milk does not contain calcium which is why one cup of whole milk contains 276 milligrams of calcium, while 1 cup of 2-percent or fat-free milk contains 300 mg of calcium per cup, respectively. Although the fat content in milk only slightly affects its calcium content, choosing low-fat or fat-free milk instead of whole milk can significantly reduce your daily calorie intake for healthy weight management.


04 Jan 2014
Myth : Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight

Fact : The caffeine in coffee acts as an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster. Pouring those unlimited coffee serves in a day may lead to sleeplessness, anxiety and high blood pressure. Coffee may temporarily squelch the appetite but will not aid weight loss. Moreover, sleep disruption produces more of the hormone ghrelin - an appetite stimulant and less leptin, an appetite suppressant. So, think before you order your next cup of latte!


24 Dec 2013

Fact : Our body does use a considerable amount of energy to warm and humidify the air we breathe when we exercise in the cold. But the cold weather itself does not increase calorie needs. Our winter gear is partly responsible for burning a few more calories to carry the extra weight of layers of clothes or the heavy parka, snow shoes etc. So folks, continue with your exercise routine to expend the unwanted calories.


06 Dec 2013
Myth : “It is fair to put on extra weight and store more fat in winter!”

Fact : In our ancestors’ time, the winter months were associated with famine. If we wrap up warm when going out and keep our homes well heated, it is unlikely that winter temperatures will contribute to any significant alteration in appetite. One theory is that we’re genetically programmed to increase fat stores in autumn to help us survive in winter known as the ‘thrifty gene hypothesis’. We no longer need to store fat because we have an abundance of food available all year round. Hypothetically, our genes may favour fat storage in winter but you can control fat intake by making the right food choices.


23 Nov 2013
Myth : You Need Less Hydration in winter.

Fact : While your caloric requirement increases in the cold, your hydration requirement decreases because you aren't sweating as much, although you still need fluid. Some physiologists opine that the hydration requirement increases in the cold because you are exhaling moist, warm air; however, metabolizing glycogen (from carbohydrate) releases H2O, which more than offsets the water vapor exhaled. Keep hydrated, as this helps your immune system keep working well. You still need 6-8 glasses of fluid (includes tea, coffee, juice, water) each day, even though the temperature outside is chilly. Follow the rule the same year-round: drink to satisfy your thirst.


01 Nov 2013
Myth : ‘Some people have above normal blood sugar levels which is certainly not diabetes.’

Fact : High blood sugar levels are never normal. Certain conditions associated with illness or high pressured stress and certain medications like steroids temporarily spike the blood sugar levels in people without diabetes. People who have higher than normal blood sugar levels or sugar in their urine should be checked for diabetes by a doctor.


21 Oct 2013
Myth : Nuts eaten in their raw form are more easily digested.

Fact : Eating large amounts of raw nuts can put extra pressure on the digestive system and may cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms like bloating, heaviness and nausea. Nuts contain natural chemicals that can interfere with the absorption of the nutrients present in them. Raw nuts contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that can reduce the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients properly. Raw nuts make for a highly satiating healthy snack packed with protein, healthy fats, fibre and important minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium. Activate nuts such as almonds or walnut by soaking them in water which would increase their nutrient value and break down the problematic compounds thus help enhance their digestibility.


04 Oct 2013
Myth : Our Young brigade believes that Smoking hookahs are healthier than smoking cigarettes.

Fact : Hookah smoke is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke. Hookahs generate smoke in different ways as cigarette smoke is generated by burning tobacco while hookah smoke is produced by heating tobacco in a bowl using charcoal. The end product is the same smoke, containing carcinogens. Smoking tobacco through water does not filter out cancer-causing chemicals. Water-filtered smoke can damage the lungs and heart as much as cigarette smoke.


20 Sep 2013
Myth : “I'm a strong contender for heart attack cause heart disease runs in my family & there is no escape!

Fact : You can prevent heart ailments! Knowing your family history can help you learn which preventive health strategies are best for you. Even though you can't change your family history, it is important for people with a strong family history of heart disease to lower their overall risk by focusing on the risk factors they can change. Chart out an action plan aiming at keeping your heart healthier. Controlling cholesterol, eating healthier, managing blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar, getting active, giving up on smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and other such steps will keep you well protected against a heart disease.


06 Sep 2013
Myth : I have put on all this weight over festive occasions!

Fact : Just as attempting to lose weight overnight is impossible, all of the weight gain due to Christmas lunches or wedding dinners is also not true. Weight gain is actually a slow process and it is unlikely that we put on a lot of weight during such times when we indulge. To add a pound of weight we need to consume an extra 3,500 calories. Such meals can never add up to 3500 calories. Just as eating right over a period of time helps in weight maintenance, over eating in spurts, regularly drinking highly sweetened drinks or high alcohol consumption will definitely account for the weight gain.


17 Aug 2013
Myth : No- Carb diets cause faster fat loss!

Fact : There are many such fad diets promoting high protein and low or no carbs diet. A very low carbohydrate diet such as Atkins or a Ketogenic diet leads to ketosis, a condition where body switches from running on carbohydrates as fuel to using a source called ketones. Many theories support that in a state of ketosis, fat loss speeds up. Agreeably, low carb diets promote hunger control but fail to influence the change in rate of metabolism. In fact, if you go without carbohydrates for too long, your metabolism could decrease because carbohydrates are the main macronutrient that influences the thyroid gland.


02 Aug 2013
Myth : It is a whole grain product if it is brown.

Fact : Foods made with whole grain may not necessarily appear brown in colour. Whole white wheat, oatmeal, rice or corn bakery products on the contrary appear lighter in shade. Food colorants such as caramel render the grains a brown appearance which many associate with whole grains.


13 Jul 2013

Fact : In comparison with the unlimited fried options, salads agreeably look the ‘light’ and low fat versions. However, many salads on the ready boxed fast food menus clock in more fat in grams when compared to the small French fries packs. Salads need only a dab or drizzle of the salad dressings and that too specifically avoiding the high-fat creamy dressings and toppings such as fried nuts and croutons. Salads are tossed best on your home kitchen counters. All you need is a well stocked produce!


05 Jul 2013
Myth : Keep lemons away in case of cough!

Fact : Lemons on the contrary help in ridding the system of persistent cough. Boiled and pureed whole lemon with its skin, seeds and fiber intact in one cup water along with 1 tbsp of molasses helps in dissolving mucus. The bioflavonoid in the skin restore the tissue integrity of the respiratory system. What exactly is a cough? It is our body’s attempt to rid itself of excess toxic mucus through lungs and bronchial tubes causing the throat to ‘cough it up’. Lemons assist in this detoxification process.


14 Jun 2013
Myth : If you are bloated, avoid drinking water!

Fact : When you find yourself full, heavier and tighter around your girth, trousers straining at the waist, it is bloat you are suffering from. Dehydration and acidity cause bloating. Improper chewing of food or eating on the run also contributes to a bloat. Drinking water on the contrary helps flush out toxins and cleanse the body system, thus reducing the bloat.


08 Jun 2013
Myth : Stress causes stomach ulcers!

Fact : Stress may aggravate the symptoms of ulcers but is not the only reason for ulcerations. Research has pinned the blame on Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a spiral-shaped bacterium that causes more than 90 percent of ulcers by weakening the protective mucus coating of the stomach and duodenum. The acid gets through the sensitive lining underneath. Treatment for peptic ulcers typically involves antibiotics to kill the H. pylori bacterium and other medications to reduce the level of acid in the digestive system to relieve pain and encourage healing. A full course of antibiotics has to be taken for two weeks and acid-reducing medications for about two months.


17 May 2013
Myth : Raw eggs have better protein

Fact : Raw egg nog and shakes are so popular with gymmers. Consuming eggs raw poses higher risks for food poisoning. There is no evidence to suggest that cooking reduces protein content. But eggs when eaten or gulped raw can be the source of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria. Cook the egg thoroughly to reduce the number of bacteria. A lightly cooked egg or a runny yolk can lead to infectious outbreaks.


03 May 2013
Myth : In Summer, drink up atleast 3 to 4 litres of water!

Fact : Water helps to keep our body well hydrated, which is important for keeping all of our body systems working properly. But how much water is enough in hot summer months? It totally depends on your body temperature, your lifestyle, habits, amount you sweat and how your individual body works. To keep your body well hydrated, it is not necessary that you need to depend only on water. There are other summer chillers you consume through the day that add to your water intake while boosting your vitamin and mineral intake at the same time. Summer fruit such as watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers also contain high amounts of water per serving.


19 Apr 2013
Myth : Lean meat is less nutritive than regular meat.

Fact : Always choose lean meat over the regular fatty meat. Animal fat in the non-lean meat boost the free radical activity in the body which can harm the retina cells in the eye. Protein and other nutrients are retained in lean meat. Steer clear of processed meat such as salami, sausages and bacon.


05 Apr 2013
Myth : High Blood Pressure Cannot Be Prevented.

Fact : Do not give up or take it lying low if your blood pressure measures well above the normal range. Hypertension is preventable and treatable. If it is high, you can take steps to lower it. Just as important, if your blood pressure is normal, you can learn how to keep it from rising. By observing proper measures such as aiming for a weight at a healthy level, opting for foods high in nutrients and low in fat, sugar, and salt, limiting salt and alcohol consumption, getting regular exercise, managing stress the right way, you can keep hypertension at bay.


16 Mar 2013
Myth : Synthetic multi-vitamin pills claiming to reduce cancer risks.

Fact : What natural herbs and plants can offer in terms of cancer fighting nutrients, synthetic vitamins formulated in laboratories cannot. The fact remains, that most studies have found no connection between taking such supplements and lowering cancer risk. On the contrary, some research has found that taking individual vitamin supplements that are again synthetic in nature may actually increase cancer risk. We advise that you aim at getting your nutrients from fresh food groups as nutrients appear to work more effectively in their natural compositions and combinations that nature intended. Herb concentrates and formulations are also the safest form of a 'must have' for 40 and above age group to close the gap.


01 Mar 2013
Myth : 'Coconut water in pregnancy makes the baby fair'

Fact : The evidence supporting such old wives’ tales is based largely on anecdotes rather than research showing any links between coconut water and complexion of the baby that has got more to do with the parent’s genes than with coconut water consumption. Coconut water is ideal for pregnant women because it contains electrolytes and potassium, is light and non acidic rich in growth hormones.


15 Feb 2013
Myth : Drink gallons of water to lose weight!

Fact : Fitness instructors are often heard recommending extra glasses of water as a cure to weight problems. Agreeably, water is a great strategy for dieters because it has zero calories. But touting it as the secret drug for all dieters is hardly true. Water will fill up your stomach and reduce your food intake at mealtimes. Moreover, doctors warn that taking on too much water can lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition called ‘hyponatraemia’ which sees the body’s salt levels drop and can lead to swelling of the brain. Make sure you drink 0.66 times your bodyweight in pounds. This gives you the approximate amount in ounces of water that you need to consume per day.


01 Feb 2013
Myth : Drink Red Wine everyday for a healthy Heart

Fact : The myth about the heart protecting abilities of red wine came from the so-called French paradox that the French drink a lot of red wine and suffer a relatively low instance of heart disease, despite the fact that they eat a lot of fat. People began to think maybe red wine was protecting them. Red wine agreeably contains Resveratrol found to reduce the risk of heart disease and increase life expectancy. Originally, resveratrol is found in the skins of red grapes and a glass of red wine a day has been put forward as the reason for healthy heart and longer life span of French and an excuse to consume alcohol. American Heart Association does not endorse alcohol consumption even in the form of red wine and warns that in addition to alcoholism, excessive alcohol use increases your risk of developing high blood pressure or having a stroke. A bunch of grapes or grape juice is an alcohol-free alternative with cardiovascular benefits excluding the downsides posed by alcohol consumption.


18 Jan 2013
Myth : Those who avoid dairy will end up with weak bones

Fact : Dairy has long been confused as being synonymous with calcium. Dairy is taken as the best food for healthy and strong bones. Agreeably milk and cheese and yoghurt contain calcium, but so do dark-leafy greens and few other such sources. Additionally, bone health goes beyond just calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin K found ample in green leafy vegetables and not in dairy is important for bone health. Magnesium too has an important role to play in bone health which is lacking in milk but found in almonds, cashews, oatmeal and potatoes etc. Spruce up your daily calcium requirement with a variety of greens, nuts and more.


04 Jan 2013
Myth : New Year Resolution: Crash diet to achieve weight loss.

Fact : Miracle or crash diets making tall claims tempt far too many. Crash diets may certainly help to shed off a few pounds at first, but will not help you to stay at a healthy weight in the long run. Once you stop restricting your calorie intake, you will put the weight straight back on again. Crash dieting will ring in new deficiency disorders, will leach out calcium from your bones and teeth, drain you off your energy supplies. Omitting entire range of few foods groups as advocated in some diets can be dangerous. Get a scientifically planned, tailor made diet program chalked out by a dietitian and follow it for a healthier you in this New Year.


21 Dec 2012
Myth : Diet soda is harmless!

Fact : Diet soda is the most sought after beverage for dieters who feel they are getting good hydration without having to compromise on flavor. Tooth enamel, kidney insufficiency, weight gain and bone loss are a few side effects from regular diet soda consumption. Artificial sweeteners used in diet soda are aspartame and sucralose which lead to hard-to-control food urges later in the day. Try weaning yourself off by switching to healthier drinks such as iced teas, sparkle or carbonated water and flavorings with slices of fruit, lemon, cucumber, and fresh herbs. Not only does it looks appealing but adds a lot of zing too.


11 Dec 2012
Myth : Women gain a lot of weight due to menopause.

Fact : Women tend to gain weight during mid age. Most of midlife body changes in women are caused by aging such as weight gain, hair thinning, and loss of muscle tone. Neglect in peri-menopausal or menopausal stages adds to weight gain. Some studies do point to a change in body composition post menopause, including increases in body fat percentages and decreases in lean body mass. With a low fat- high fibre diet and a well planned exercise routine you can prevent weight gain during these middle years. Plant-based foods that contain isoflavones mimic estrogens and help relieve menopausal symptoms in some women. Eat fat free dairy products, broccoli, legumes and nuts to get your calcium and protein. Go up on your iron and fibre intake. Include a tablespoon of flaxseeds into your diet every day.


23 Nov 2012
Myth : A good workout is sufficient to remove all body toxins!

Fact : Sweating through the sweat glands while exercising, agreeably does remove small amount of toxins. However, the primary role of sweat glands is to help regulate the temperature of the body while the main excretory organs responsible for excreting waste are the liver, kidneys, immune system and lungs. Our body needs a clean-up diet to detoxify itself which means that you need to be on fresh and alive foods such as fruit and vegetables to wash out the system. It is advised to work up a good sweat by working out every day. But for detoxifying your body you need foods that cleanse your liver and kidneys.


02 Nov 2012
Myth : Pregnant women should eat for two.

Fact : In Pregnancy, women tend to eat more than their body demands resulting in overweight. The risk of complications goes up with increase in body weight at this time. They also have a higher chance of blood clots in the legs and lungs which can potentially be life-threatening. The risk of diabetes in pregnancy is three times higher in women with a BMI of over 30 compared to those under 30. A BMI of 30 or above also increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, while a BMI of over 35 doubles the risk of pre-eclampsia. Carrying a baby actually requires only 300 extra calories a day along with higher intake of protein, calcium, Iron and folic acid primarily.


19 Oct 2012
Myth : Each one of us is allergic to a particular food.

Fact : Today, every third individual is a self diagnosed lactose intolerant or suffers a wheat allergy. Unknowingly, such individuals could be putting their health at risk by wrongly self-diagnosing a food allergy or intolerance, ‘Instead of having their condition medically diagnosed and treating the root cause of their symptoms, millions of people are needlessly cutting whole food groups out of their diet,’ says Dr Carina Venter, allergy specialist at the University of Portsmouth. It only takes a few years of cutting food groups out to have a much longer impact. Adolescents are following the fashion trend of shunning dairy from their diets due to self proclaimed allergy and ending up with Vitamin D and calcium deficiency. True allergies occur on immediate contact with even trace amount of the allergen in food causing severe symptoms. Do not announce an allergy on self diagnosis, get it assessed by a specialist.


05 Oct 2012
Myth : ‘Probiotics’ should to be consumed daily.

Fact : Pro meaning “promoting” and biotic connoting “life” are probiotics or live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer health benefits to the host as defined by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Our digestive system is home to beneficial bacteria and the ‘bad’ or pathogenic bacteria peacefully coexisting in the digestive system in an 80:20 balance, with the good bacteria in the majority. Dietary supplementation of probiotics becomes necessary when there is an ‘off balance’. Triggers for this could be stress, poor diet or a heavy dose of antibiotics. Inclusion of probiotics once or twice a day as part of daily diet has gained huge popularity. However, the idea of taking probiotic supplements should be only to restore the ratio and improve dietary functions. Over dosage shows up as common side effects such as gas or bloat or abdominal tenderness and pain, a clear indication that our intestinal flora is not dependent totally on supplementation only.


28 Sep 2012
Myth : Bananas are fattening!

Fact : ‘Ban bananas if you are on a weight loss diet’ or ‘bananas should not be eaten after 3pm’. Such baseless claims for the world’s most popular fruit rest on the fact that bananas have a high sugar content accounting for 90 calories for every 100 gms. However, bananas do not contain any fat! A rich source of potassium, bananas also pack in calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, Vitamin C, A, Vitamin B. Bananas have been eaten as an age old cure for constipation, bowel problems, anemia, blood pressure, heart problems, ulcers, brain stimulation, depression, nervous disorders, stress, morning sickness and more. Banana has a high satiety index that helps weight watchers to curb their hunger pangs. Eating bananas as often as one a day will not get stashed away as fat in the body unless you go on a banana binge.


21 Sep 2012
Myth : Vigorous exercise helps in lowering the incidence of Migraine.

Fact : A migraine headache is a form of vascular headache caused by vasodilatation of blood vessels that causes the release of chemicals from nerve fibers. Physical exertion of any kind will only trigger migraines hence jumping right into an extreme exercise program is not a good idea. Anything that is abrupt or jolts your body out of its normal rhythms can cause a migraine to flare up. Avoid cheese, vinegar, nuts, red wine, beans, bananas, plums, raisins, fresh bread, processed meats and chocolates.


28 Aug 2012
Myth : Smoking is ideal for weight loss.

Fact : A random survey conducted on college students showed that 65 percent of them lived by the myth that smoking cigarettes helped them in losing weight. There is undoubtedly no credence to the claim that smoking helps keep their weight in check. A critical review of the medical research team on smoking and weight management found that obesity combined with smoking cut out the average life expectancy by 13 years compared with non smokers of a healthy weight. Smoking momentarily suppresses appetite or curbs hunger cravings. But this is no reason to continue smoking. There are many health risks of cancer and metabolic disease caused due to smoking. Small changes to diet and increased physical activity can easily offset the weight gain. The student-promoted “benefit” of controlling weight by smoking is greatly exaggerated, and more myth than reality.


25 Aug 2012
Myth : Eating dairy causes acne.

Fact : Young adults and teenagers resort to shunning dairy from their daily diet as ‘the’ cause for their troubled skin. Scientific studies assert that milk and dairy foods do not cause acne or make it worse. The American Academy of Dermatology and the Australasian College of Dermatologists state that acne is not caused by diet. Other factors such as skin type, genetics, stress levels, hormones and exposure to environmental pollutants are more likely to be involved. A proper skin regimen of cleansing, toning and moisturizing with the right type of lotions for your skin type helps curb acne. Eating a healthy balanced diet including plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and low fat dairy foods will ensure your skin gets all the nutrients it needs.


06 Aug 2012
Myth : Go Gluten Free For A Thinner You!

Fact : Wheat free diets are fast becoming trendy. By being on a gluten free diet, you are required to rule out all wheat products including chapaties and pastas and breads. Moreover, Gluten-free foods are not free of calories then how can they contribute to weight loss? Going gluten free should only be a lifestyle choice for those suffering from celiac diseases or those with confirmed gluten allergies. There is no benefit in restricting wheat and products made from wheat just to lose weight. You are more likely to lose weight and feel fitter by swapping a diet heavy in refined, processed foods (that contain gluten) to eating more fresh, whole foods (that are naturally gluten-free). Focus on filling your diet with as many unprocessed whole grains as possible.


28 Jul 2012
Myth : Mono diets such as the grapefruit or cabbage soup diet leads to quicker weight loss!

Fact : There is no one such particular food that aids in faster weight loss. Mono diets are restrictive in nature and low in nutrients. Mono diets are made out of single foods like cabbage soup or watermelon. You tend to eat fewer calories that lack essential nutrients. More so, eating only one type of food results in boredom setting in faster. The visible weight loss is due to loss of body water and lean body mass. This is the incorrect way of achieving weight loss. For losing weight, the diet should be scientifically planned including foods from all food groups resulting in weight loss as well as a better nourished body.


21 Jul 2012
Myth : Polished Rice is Superior than unpolished Rice

Fact : Polished rice is milled rice devoid of essential vitamins and dietary minerals such as B complex vitamin, iron, magnesium etc. Milling or ‘whitening’ removes the outer bran layer stripping off vital nutrients residing within that layer.When the bran layer is removed to make white rice, the oil in the bran is also removed. Rice bran oil is known to lower LDL cholesterol. Unpolished rice is far superior nutritionally as it contains all three components-bran, germ and endosperm. Bran contains approximately 80% of the minerals.


19 Jun 2012
Myth : “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away!”

Fact : As the old age saying goes, apples enjoy the status of being somewhat a miracle fruit. "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. Could the common apple honestly help a person to maintain perfect health? Aside from being crunchy and delicious, apples contain dietary fiber and powerful antioxidants such as quercetin, catechin, few bioflavonoid and vitamin C, apples are not iron rich with a mere .22 mg of iron in a medium-sized apple. All fruits are nutritional powerhouses. Bananas are potassium rich essential for a healthy heart and proper muscle function while berries are loaded with vitamins and fiber. An apple alone or any fruit for that matter cannot ensure a doctor-free life.


04 Jun 2012
Myth : Any product carrying "Sugar-free" labeling is healthy and safe.

Fact : Before buying packs and packs of sugar-free drinks and ice cream, chocolates, jams and cookies, learn the facts to make an educated decision. Such sugar free foods are associated with lower calories luring diabetics and weight watchers. What fails to cross our mind is the fact that such foods can be loaded with fat, refined white flour or cornstarch and even hidden sources of sugar such as fructose, maltitol which when eaten in large quantities can have detrimental effects on health. Look at total carbohydrate, not just sugar. Even milk, added fruit, and cereals as mentioned above contain hidden sugar.


07 May 2012
Myth : You can eat whatever you want… as long as you exercise!

Fact : This popular notion of eating anything so long as you burn it off by exercising becomes more pronounced in summer when people flock to the cool pools to ward off heat. Swimming or workouts truly burn off your excess calories but such exercises are intense in comparison to taking a walk or doing moderate yoga and pilates and tend to spike your appetite. Exercise alone is half effective way to losing weight or staying in shape. You can make a better impact by controlling what you eat. Follow the fitness mantra “workout regularly, indulge occasionally”. There has to be a fair deal between calories burned versus calories eaten.


23 Apr 2012
Myth : Pale individuals are anemic

Fact : Skin colour may be pale with or without iron deficiency leading to anaemia. Pallor may be masked by skin pigmentation. Pale skin and nail beds are often a useful diagnostic sign in moderate or severe anemia, but it is not always apparent. Anemia can be caused by a deficiency in folate, iron and vitamins and can take months to years to develop. Anemia goes undetected in many people and symptoms can be vague. One should totally rely on laboratory testing for detecting anaemia in individuals who look very pale and have other anaemic symptoms


09 Apr 2012
Myth : Orange juice is healthier than whole fruit

Fact : Four or five oranges extract out a single glass of orange juice making it higher in calories. Orange juice is devoid of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants and other vital nutrients as found in oranges. Eating a whole orange as against consuming orange juice maximizes vitamin and nutrient intake while minimizing only caloric intake. Juicing the fruit strips off the vital nutrients. Opt for orange segments instead.


26 Mar 2012
Myth : Potatoes are fattening…Avoid!!

Fact : potatoes loaded with vitamin C and B complex and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and phosphorous are naturally low in fat. It is how we cook them is what adds to their ‘fat’ content. We dunk them in oil for crispy fries and the famous ‘aloo bondas’ and dehydrate them and then fry them to make potato chips. The real problem isn’t the potato but how it has been cooked. By baking and boiling for cooking we avoid excess fat leaching within the tuber. Pulling potatoes from the daily menu is not the answer; it is how we cook that makes all the difference. So, let us save the spud from this blame game.

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