Dec 4, 2017 Healthy Living

3 of the Biggest Health and Wellness Myths (and the Truth Behind Them)

by Meghan Rooney
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When it comes to healthy eating tips and dieting, it's hard to keep up with the latest fads and result-promising crazes that trend in the wellness world on a daily basis. Since there's no lack of "expert advice" to help you achieve your health goal, it has become more and more difficult to determine which is the best proven approach when it comes to adopting a diet that fits your lifestyle.

With tons of misleading nutritional "facts" saturating the market, it's time someone set the record straight, and thankfully, Insider has answered the call by sharing the leading misconceptions in the health and diet world—and the truths behind them. Check out these three mind-blowing myths below.

  1. "Sugar alternatives are healthier for you." The sweetener may be one of the most controversial substances when it comes to nutritional myths because the suggested amount, transparent labeling, and artificial varieties have all come into play as far as the overall health aspect of sugar. But don't be fooled. Simply put, "There's this idea that there are different types of sugar, but that's a myth," cardiologist Jennifer Haythe revealed to Insider. "Brown sugar, white sugar, honey […] they are all ultimately broken down into the same thing: glucose." Bottom line? Sugar is sugar.
  2. "Gluten is bad for you." As one of the biggest dieting trends of late, going gluten-free is not for everyone. While gluten, a protein found in wheat, can be extremely dangerous to those with a diagnosed intolerance or celiac disease, experts have concluded that gluten is not necessarily unhealthy for those who can process it. Though many people who have eliminated gluten report feeling better after avoiding it, this is usually associated with healthier dieting practices in general, not the absence of gluten alone. So barring medical exception, it's not actually harmful to your diet.
  3. "You need to drink eight glasses of water a day." One of the longest-standing myths associated with a healthy diet is the amount of water consumption recommended universally. While hydration is essential to survival and optimal health, it's not only water that can do the trick. As explained in the article by Frida Harju, a nutritionist at the health app Lifesum, "We can get some of the required liquid from other drinks, such as tea, coffee, and fruits and vegetables." While the healthiest approach is absolutely drinking adequate amounts of water, there's no real scientific evidence behind the eight-glasses-a-day theory.

Head over to Insider to uncover more shocking nutritional myths, and then test out some tried-and-true, delicious, and heart-healthy recipes to get kick off your diet right.