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"Best" Diet Food Myths - Making Sense of the Diet Hoopla



Raw Horseradish?

Sure, raw horseradish is high in a variety of nutrients, but I keep finding claim after claim on the internet stating that it has special properties to help aid you in weight loss. Don't kid yourself or even bother using this food to lose weight quickly. This is surly a myth without any real consistent research backing it.



Mustard to rapidly shed body fat?

I must say, it does make it substantially more believable when people reference a "scientific study" even when it's about "mustard research". Regardless, this theory is flawed from the start for the simple fact that mustard is high in sodium, which causes water retention. That would equate to the opposite of weight loss, mustard researchers. The only way I see mustard aiding in weight loss is if you consumed enough to get sick and it prevents you from binging on that polish sausage dog you lathered it all over.



That rat is lean and mean!


Turmeric (Curry) was shown to reduce belly fat in rats, not humans. Internet marketers, please stop claiming it's the next magical weight loss ingredient and trying to sell it to me. I'm not a rat and either are my readers.



Carbs make you fat!

No, neither sugar nor carbohydrates make you gain body fat. Eating too many calories does. However, you should definitely limit your intake of simple carbs and cut out as much sugar as possible. Empty calories are never ideal when dieting and should be avoided like the black plague. You already know this.



Cinnamon and honey to lose weight?

How about two pounds every single month just for drinking it? There are no real conclusive studies that show that these two ingredients can cause natural and simple weight loss. However, many online marketers pushing related products would like you to think otherwise. Avoid!



Mix green tea with your Starbucks coffee, but don't stop there...

...for that real burn, throw in some chili peppers and cayenne powder. I am trying to be sarcastic here and hope you get my point based on how ridiculous this all sounds. In reality, the sum of these products can cause you to burn a little addition calories, like coffee for example. However, your body will quickly adjust to any of the above ingredients in no time via a little thing scientists like to call homeostasis and the benefits won't be substantial enough to truly put a dent in your calories burned anyway. It's really based on personal preference, but the above stimulants are usually not a worthy effort for most people.



Eating 6 meals a day will rev up your metabolism, wrong!

There is a light metabolic raise after eating foods, but nothing substantial enough to boast or write home about. Plus, the food you eat will always negate the thermogenic effect caused by digestion anyway. The process of forcing you to eat smaller meals and a little thing called portion control (causing a reduction in calories) is the real reason this works for so many.



Negative calorie foods only existing in "Wonder Wonderland".

I hate to be the bearer of reality for all those that enjoy flying around with Peter Pan on weekends and looking for foods that turn back time and make you slender. But there is no such thing whatsoever. There is no food that deducts calories for just eating them according to science. Maybe if you eat enough picked eggs that you get sick enough to vomit. Would that be considered a negative calorie food? Possibly?



What has worked for you?

Facebookers, have any of the above methods, or any other "wonder foods" for that matter, worked for you? Also, do let me know if you have any other possible myths that you would like me to research further, related comments or questions.


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