The healthy guidelines you live by can actually be funny stories.
Last week, the rule you need to enter 10,000 steps per day The number made news when it was said to be a Japanese marketing tactic with little scientific basis.
According to Dr. Donald Hensrud, an associate professor of medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic, it’s the only health fact that’s a myth.
“When evaluating the veracity of these myths, it’s important to look at what scientific evidence is available,” Hensrud told the Post.
Here, he walks us through six commonly accepted myths and tells us what’s true.
It is very important to drink eight glasses of water every day
Downing 64 ounces of pristine H2O daily isn’t as important as we’ve been led to believe. And some people may get enough hydration from the foods and other drinks they eat. Coffee and even alcohol in moderation can contribute to dehydration.
“There’s nothing magical about 8 glasses,” Hensrud said. “The amount of water a person needs can vary slightly depending on several factors: how hot it is, how much they exercise and their diet.”
Eating at night causes weight gain
Over the years, many diets have promised results by implementing a Rest time limit when eatingBut according to Hensurud, the important thing is – not when – what you eat.
“In general, calories are calories,” he said. But he notes that limiting eating to certain hours encourages you to eat less and not mindlessly snack in front of the “Late Show.”
Breakfast is the most important meal
It has long been considered a foodie VIP, but there is little to justify that status.
“The evidence is conflicting,” Hensrud said. “People are less likely to overeat later in the day after eating breakfast. [but] On the other hand, there is some evidence that it may not be as good as we taught earlier.
Hensrud says some people benefit from intermittent fasting and skipping breakfast, and there’s no evidence to back it up. Not eating breakfast affects General health. If you choose to skip it and that works for you, there’s no need to change the habit.
“Breakfast in general is good, but not as clear as we think it is commonly believed,” he said.
Organic food is better for you.
Organic food Sounds It just might be better for you, but it might not make that much of a difference to your overall health.
Hensrud says that although it is commonly believed that organic foods are healthier than non-organic foods, it is not true.
“Washing fruits and vegetables is a good idea [of pesticides] Before eating, it is clear, but it does not seem that there are many negative health problems [if pesticides are consumed],” he said. The bottom line is that people should eat more plant products, fruits, vegetables — organic or not.
Hensrud said organic foods are “definitely better for the environment” because there is less soil, water and air pollution than non-organic foods, but “it’s more of an environmental issue than a health issue.”
Exercising at a certain time is very effective
Hensrud said he doesn’t know of any data to suggest that exercising on a certain day or in certain weather burns more calories, but if it does, “draft” and other factors come into play.
“Exercising when it’s hot (depending on the temperature) burns a little bit more calories, but it’s just a matter of being able to keep exercising,” he said.
In general, you should exercise whenever you can fit it into your schedule.
“The best time to practice is when you’re working for people,” he said.
Coffee is bad for you
Good news for caffeine drinkers: Your cup of joe won’t negatively affect your overall health.
“It’s one of the biggest health myths,” Hensrud says of Java’s bad reputation. In fact, “coffee reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, improves mood and reduces the risk of depression, improves kidney function, reduces the risk of gout and possibly kidney stones and gall bladder stones.”
He said that there are a few negative health problems (caution can sometimes be harmful to pregnant women or women) but in general it depends on how an individual assimilates caffeine – which explains why some are more vulnerable to side effects.
“The bottom line is that coffee is a healthy substance,” Hensrud said. “It has many antioxidants and side effects [if experienced] They should limit their consumption and not be afraid of being bad.