#4: Eating slowly can help you lose weight
By taking time to savor your food and chew slowly, you get several benefits. Firstly, meals become more enjoyable. You will feel more satisfied with your food, reducing cravings and hunger later on. Secondly, chewing your food more thoroughly makes digestion much easier. Lastly, studies have shown that people who eat more slowly end up eating less. This translates to less calories and more weight-loss over time.
#5: Spicy food burns more fat
Myth (and truth)
This myth is tricky because there is some truth to it. Capsaicin and piperine are compounds found in chili peppers and black pepper, respectively. These substances are what give these spices their kick. Studies have shown that the spices can help people burn more calories by encouraging thermogenesis. This is why we feel hot and sweaty after eating something spicy.
However, some people make the mistake of drinking soft drinks or eating more food to quell the burning sensation in their mouth. In addition, too much spicy food can cause gastrointestinal distress that you may regret a few hours later. Therefore, adding some spice to your food can help stimulate your metabolism but you won’t just melt away fat on its own.
#6 – Artificial sugar can cause cancer
Artificial sugar or sugar-free sweeteners have been controversial from the get-go. For many, it seems too good to be true and the word “artificial” is scary. There was even a time when saccharin, one of the earliest artificial sweeteners, was banned because it was linked to bladder cancer in lab rats in one study.
However, the Nation Cancer Institute and other health authorities have deemed saccharin and other sugar-free sweeteners to be safe. Just like any food, these sweeteners should be used in moderation. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, acesulfame, and sucralose are some of the most commonly available. These are ideal for people with diabetes or are on low-sugar and carb diets.
In summary, there are many healthy eating myths and facts out there. If you are currently doing some of these myths, now is the time to stop. It is best to do your research or better yet, talk to a doctor or registered dietician regarding what is right for you.