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A scientist debunks the most popular myths about healthy eating

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Many eating habits that were thought to be healthy are either not supported by scientific research or are a misinterpretation of various studies, according to British scientist and physician Tim Spector.

From a very young age, many people grow up with recommendations for healthy habits that they should follow in their diet, however many of these have been transmitted from generation to generation and it is not scientifically proven that this is the best for the body.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Tim Spector dispelled the 5 most common myths that society follows in its diet.

  1. If you don’t eat breakfast, you gain weight: For many years, breakfast has been considered the key and most important meal of the day, and it has even been believed that skipping breakfast would make you hungrier at the end of the day. However, it has been proven that skipping breakfast allows you to lose weight thanks to the reduction of insulin levels with a fast of more than 12 hours.
  2. Eating fish is very healthy: Tim Spector considers that the benefits of fish meat are greatly exaggerated since the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the brain and heart has not yet been studied in depth.
  3. Salt consumption should be reduced: The scientist refuted the popular belief that salt is the ‘white death‘ and explained that healthy people do not notice changes in their health when the consumption of this product changes.
  4. Exercising a lot will make you slim: Some consider that this is the magic formula to lose weight, but Spector clarified that to lose weight, exercise must be accompanied by a good balanced diet in parallel. Otherwise, you will not see any results.
  5. Go vegan to stay healthy: Another common myth is that veganism is good for you, but Spector noted that vegetarian and vegan menus today are not limited to just salads or vegetables, but also include various desserts, meat substitutes, and other foods that contain sugar and fats. In addition, he warned that children should not have a vegan diet, since it cannot provide the body with all the necessary nutrients.
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