10 Trendy Myths About Food That Are Not Quite True

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Myth #7: Our body accumulates toxins and needs regular detoxing.

Truth: In 2009, a group of scientists contacted the manufacturers of 15 popular detox products to find out what evidence they had for the product claims and what they meant by “detox.” No one could answer the scientists’ questions and it was clear that the detox claim was just a marketing trick.

Edzard Ernst, an emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, says that the body of an average human (exposed to no narcotic or toxic substances) doesn’t need any supplements to clean out toxins.

Myth #6: Table salt is a poison for the body. It’s better to replace it with healthy exotic salt.

Truth: It’s usually recommended to replace regular salt with sea, Himalayan, black, or many other types of salt. But the difference between these types is so tiny, you have to consume huge amounts of salt to get the full benefit.

The only one thing that differs is the amount of iodine, and regular salt actually wins. Table salt is artificially iodized to cope with iodine deficiency and its consequences. According to the World Health Organization, around 1/3 of people in the world consume an insufficient amount of iodine. By the way, even if you live in a coastal area, it doesn’t mean you don’t experience iodine deficiency. So do you still think quitting table salt is worth the risk?

Myth #5: Red and processed meat cause bowel cancer so we should stop eating it.

Truth: Even if red meat undergoes thermal processing, it still isn’t considered processed. This term is implied only to long-term storage meat products.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) assumes that red meat is classified as Group 2A, probably carcinogenic to humans. In other words, the classification is based on limited evidence from studies showing positive associations between eating red meat and developing colorectal cancer as well as strong mechanistic evidence.

Nevertheless, doctors don’t recommend eating more than 2.5 oz (70 gr) of red meat a day. It’s also better to stop eating processed meat.

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