National Nutrition Month: Top Nutrition Myths You Should Stop Believing
Separate Nutrition Facts from Fiction This March!
If you intend to live a healthy and well-balanced life, you need to make informed food choices. Everyone seems to have their own opinion on what should or shouldn’t be eaten. Unfortunately, without the right kind of information, you can easily fall for seductive food and nutrition myths that refuse to die even in the face of incontrovertible evidence.
As we celebrate National Nutrition Month this March, it’s about time that we expose these misconceptions and shine the light of truth on them.
Top Nutrition Myths Debunked
We all need some dietary wisdom to enjoy healthy lives. Since it’s way too easy to fall victim to food and nutrition myths that have managed to perpetuate themselves over the years, we at Goodwill Car Donations are here to debunk them as we separate silliness from science.
- MYTH 1: Eggs aren’t good for your heart.
If you’re a healthy person who’s not allergic to eggs and has no history of diabetes or heart problems, there’s no reason why you should avoid eating them. Although egg yolks contain a considerable amount of cholesterol, your body automatically compensates by producing less cholesterol.
For this reason, eating an egg a day won’t significantly impact your blood cholesterol. What you should watch out for are foods rich in saturated and trans fats. These can significantly raise your blood cholesterol and cause heart disease.
- MYTH 2: Eating at night is more fattening than eating in the day.
It doesn’t matter what time you eat — calories are still calories. Nutrition experts recommend paying attention to the total number of calories you take in every day instead of the time you consume them.
- MYTH 3: Craving certain foods means that your body needs some of the nutrients they provide.
Unless you’re a moose that needs “salt licks” or mineral deposits that give them the nutrients they need in the spring, your food cravings don’t mean the same thing. People crave certain foods especially when they follow a strict or boring diet. Humans tend to want to eat foods that they know they’re not supposed to have.
However, if you’re severely deficient in iron, you may find yourself craving ice. In some cases, severe iron deficiency can seriously affect the body’s appetite mechanisms and lead to a rare condition called “pica” where people crave inedible items such as clay or cement.
- MYTH 4: Microwaving your food zaps its nutrients.
In general, the cooking method doesn’t significantly reduce the nutritional value of certain foods. However, the hotter you cook your food and the longer it takes to cook it will cause you to lose certain water- and heat-sensitive nutrients such as thiamin and vitamin C. Since you cook your food more quickly with the microwave, this will help keep nutrient losses at minimum levels.
Reach Out to Those in Need!
To our less fortunate fellow Americans, having food — any kind of food — to satisfy their hunger is more important than knowing the nutritional value of what they’re eating. Relatedly, what they’re more concerned about is how to find decent and stable sources of income so they can support themselves and their families.
However, this is a tough challenge for those who are burdened with disabilities, lack of education or essential skills, and other disadvantages that pose huge hurdles to their dream of living productive and fulfilling lives.
If you’re looking to find ways to make a difference in the lives of these folks, you can easily do that by donating to Goodwill Car Donations any type of vehicle that you no longer need or use. We will auction off your donation and use the proceeds to help finance the community-based programs and services being delivered by the Goodwill organizations serving your local area. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits provide disadvantaged individuals with job training, employment opportunities, scholarships, livelihood assistance, disability benefits, and other critical community-building support services.
You’ll also benefit from your charitable contribution since this will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. Moreover, we’ll provide you with our professional pickup and towing service at no cost to you and wherever you’re located in the country.
Best of all, you’ll find matchless satisfaction in having done something that will benefit your entire community as once idle members attain financial stability.
We accept nearly all vehicle types, even those that are no longer working properly.
Be Your Community’s Hero Today
This National Nutritional Month of March, as you take a close look at the nutrition you and your family are getting from the foods you’re consuming, take a close look as well at the plight of the less fortunate people in your community. A Goodwill car donation can help turn their lives around. Call Goodwill Car Donations at 866-233-8586 or fill out our online donation form now!