جمعة, 03/28/2014

Health Myths - Part 2

Especially good for the thyroid is supposedly salt that has been fortified with iodine. It is true that the thyroid needs iodine to function smoothly. But it is also in bread, milk products and fish. If you have a balanced diet, you do not need iodized salt.

But what about salt in generally? Does it really increases blood pressure? One does not exactly know. However, since salt is important for our body, one may already take in up to six grams per day.

Cholesterol is harmful – but only the LDL cholesterol which stick at the vessel walls. If these fatty deposits become to thick it can promote atherosclerosis and heart disease. HDL cholesterol, however, solves the fat from the artery walls and transports it from the body. In this respect, cholesterol is good too. And as long as you have a higher HDL than LDL level you are on the safe side. In order not to risk problems with the LDL cholesterol, you should be on a balanced, low fat diet and ensure adequate exercise.

Often eggs are associated with cholesterol – especially with the harmful cholesterol. This, too, is a legend. Anyone who has a cholesterol metabolism disorder should be careful the rest can eat as many eggs as he wants.

Children hate it when you tell them that they should eat salad because it contains many vitamins. Now you can relief them from doing so because it is not true. Salad does have a lot of folic acid, which the body needs, but vitamin can be found much better in other vegetables and fruits.

Several small meals are supposed to be better. This, too, belongs to the realm of legends. In fact it does not matter at all at what time of day you eat. That also means that you do not get fat when you eat late in the evening as some believe but studies have proved to be wrong.

And last but not least, a health myth that has nothing to do with diet, but is very popular: humans do not use the full power of the brain. Usually it is said, we only use 10 percent, some say 25 percent. In reality, however, we use all areas of our brain. Studies have shown that there are no inactive parts.