True or False- Eating raw eggs will give you more health benefits than eating cooked eggs. If you believe what you see in pop culture, raw eggs are the healthier route to go. Since Rocky Balboa gulped a glass of raw eggs, a common TV and film trope has been characters eating raw eggs whenever they wanted to bulk up and get healthy. But does it hold up to facts? Absolutely not. Humans cannot process much of the protein in a raw egg as easy a cooked egg. Any good personal nutritionist can tell you that there are a lot of nutrition urban legends. How can you tell fact from fiction? Well, a little research or your own personal nutritionist can help guide you. To get you started, let’s take a look at some of the common nutritional misconceptions that are currently out there:

Nutrition Urban Legends

Eggs are Unhealthy

Let’s stick with the topic of eggs. Long considered a staple of a healthy diet, eggs became the target of cholesterol scaremongers in the 80s and 90s. Labelled as a primary cause of high cholesterol and heart disease, people turned away in droves. Modern science has demonstrated that eggs are incredibly nutritious and only raise the level of “good” cholesterol in the blood.

Want to Live Healthy and Lose Weight? Become a Vegetarian

It isn’t that simple. Becoming a vegetarian will eliminate or greatly reduce the amount of animal fats that a person intakes; obviously, this could lead to reduced obesity and lower the instance of heart disease. But, a vegetarian diet is not healthy by default. You still have to make the right choices and unless you have a personal nutritionist helping you, it can be hard. Think about it: a chocolate donut can be a vegetarian choice.

Low-Fat Foods are Good; High-Fat Foods are Bad

Let’s kill two birds with one stone. Not all fats are created equal. Some fats are essential nutrients that your body needs. If you attempt to eliminate all fats, you could do more harm than good. Learn the difference between good fats and bad fats. The fat in a cheeseburger, chocolate cake, or anything deep-fried is bad; the fat in fish, avocadoes, and nuts is good (in reasonable amounts). As for food labelled aggressively as low fat, you might want to re-think that option. While it is true that the fat has been removed, they have to make up for the taste somehow and that usually comes in the form of excess sugar. You are merely exchanging one problem for another. Steer clear.

Exercise Only Counts in Long Durations

Some suggest that exercise is only effective if it is done intensively for at least 30 minutes at a time. Anything less won’t help. Not true. It is recommended that the average adult get 2.5 hours of exercise every week. This is can be spread out of the week in short increments. The benefits are the same.

Plan to Lose Weight? Be Ready to Give Up All of Your Favourite Foods

This urban legend is the most damaging as it scares people off from creating diet plans and eating healthier. After all, no wants to live an ultra-restrictive lifestyle where everything you eat tastes like cardboard. Healthy eating is not about self-denial, it is about portion control. You can still eat your favourite foods, just in smaller amounts and not everyday. A diet plan is not a prison sentence; it is a way to live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

These are just a few examples; there is still plenty of misinformation out there. It is good to get some guidance if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. The LOMI App can bring the guidance right to your fingertips. So much more than a meal-planning app, LOMI will put you in touch with healthcare workers with the background knowledge you need. Certified nutritionists, dietitian consultants, holistic nutritionist, and fitness experts are waiting to help you. Download the LOMI App today.