Health Myths Busted! Three Things You Need To Know To Start Living A Healthier Life

The media tends to have a clever way of telling us half truths, and then trying to instil and fear into us. Sensationalism is still rife in the press, and one of the biggest offenders is the health industry. A simple study suggesting that a certain type of food or exercise is dangerous results in nationwide uproar, and before we know it the next fad has begun. So what exactly CAN you believe about the most common health myths, and what is just made up to scare us?


Microwaving destroys all the goodness in food

Many people avoid microwaves for many reasons, whether they believe they can cause cancer or because they make food less healthy. In fact, a lot of people hold the consensus that microwaving your food pretty much ruins it. But just how true is this? First off, we need to realise that microwaving is a convenient technique. It is not advisable that you cook all your meals in a microwave. However, cooking your food in a microwave is not going to render you with a completely unhealthy meal at the end. Whilst it is true that microwaves do kill off SOME nutrients, they by no means have a profound effect on what you are cooking. For example, studies have said that cooking broccoli in the microwave destroys sulforaphane. However, it is impossible to cook broccoli any way without destroying or at the very least, greatly reducing the effectiveness of this nutrient.


Depending on where in the country you live, you may come across both hard and soft water. Soft water is the type that runs through most of our homes. You can identify it by how easily soap lathers in your hands when washing with household water. Hard water contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, making it difficult to lather up with soap. If you think your water supply is hard, invest in the best water softener to combat the problem. However, the myth that DRINKING hard water is bad for you is completely false. In fact, studies suggest that is may actually be better for you than soft water due to its high mineral count.


You should only eat gluten free foods from now on

A year ago it was the raw food phase; the year before that it was the time of the vegans. In 2016, the health world has been all about going gluten free. Gluten itself is a mixture of proteins generally found in types of dough, wheat and other related grains. A large number of people suffer from coeliac disease, where they have an allergic reaction to products containing gluten. These reactions can vary in severity, but some can be extremely dangerous. However, unless you are coeliac or have some other kind of gluten sensitivity, your body should have no problem digesting gluten. Plus, unless you are intolerant, shunning gluten from your diet can actually do more harm than good. Many gluten free products, such as gluten free pasta and bread, actually contain fatty refined starches.

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