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Diet Myths - Busted

Peanuts have good cholesterol

Peanuts have a lot of cholesterol?

The truth: All plant based products are usually cholesterol free, naturally. Peanuts are plant based and naturally do not contain any cholesterol. Yes, they do have good fats, but no cholesterol.

Ghee is better than oil ?

The truth: Fat is an important part of a balanced diet. However, there are good fats and bad fats. Vegetable oils like peanut, sunflower, corn, canola, olive oil, etc. are good sources of good fats like polyunsaturated fats as well as monounsaturated fats and do not contain cholesterol. However, ghee contains saturated fats as well as cholesterol, both could contribute to heart diseases.

No magic food

A diet of green tea and chili peppers will boost metabolism ?

The truth: No magic food will speed up metabolism. Some studies have shown that green tea and hot chilies temporarily boost metabolic rates, but the lift isn't enough to offset eating too many calories.

Just because you're putting a lot of chili peppers in your food doesn't mean you can eat more of it. The path to healthy weight loss is through portion control and a balanced diet filled with nutrient-rich foods, not by increasing green tea and chilli pepper intake.

Very low calorie diets and skipping meals can jumpstart weight loss ?

The truth: Weight loss is all about creating an energy deficit – ingesting fewer calories than your body expends each day – but creating too large of a calorie deficit can backfire. Our bodies are smart, and programmed for survival. Severely limiting calories can make your body think it's entering a famine, and that it needs to do more with fewer calories. Your body adapts to the restricted caloric intake, and uses fewer calories to perform the same tasks.

Good fat is good sense

The Less Fat You Eat, the Better it is for you ?

The truth: Your body needs three nutrients to thrive: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Yes, fats! Good-for-you fats found in foods like nuts, seeds, fish, avocado, olives, and low-fat dairy give you energy, help rebuild cells, and produce needed hormones.

The fats to limit or avoid are saturated and trans fats, found in foods like butter, ghee, cream, full-fat paneer , high-fat dairy, red meat, and many processed foods.

Hot water helps to lose weight ?

The truth: There's no doubt water is vital for your body -- but a weight loss aid? Not really. If drinking water keeps you away from high-calorie drinks, it can certainly help you lose weight. But adding more hot water to your diet, without changing anything else, makes no difference in lowering the numbers on your scale.

Too much sugar causes diabetes ?

The truth: Love for cake or candy will not lead to diabetes. Stop fretting about this diet myth. If you don't have diabetes, eating sugar won't cause you to get the disease. What does raise your diabetes risk, however, is being overweight and inactive. So do your body a favor: Cut back on the sugary calories, and get moving!

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