I hope that you have all been well. After hearing some not so correct nutrition information from various people around the world (AKA in my hostel Mamallena) I decided it’s time to write another nutrition myth busters piece. To check out my first edition of myths click here.
- B12 will cure your hangover. Wrong! Excuse my language, but taking B12 aint gonna do shit. (unless you are a chronic alcoholic and actually depleted in B vitamins). The only things that are actually going to help your hangover are Advil, water, a high protein breakfast perhaps. Don’t waste your money on those “hangover cure” supplements either. Many people claim they work, but the truth is at some point you are going to start feeling better. If you take that supplement you may attribute the feeling better to the supplement, but in reality, it was just time. The placebo effect is very strong people!!
- Lemon water to lower your blood pressure. Nope. Not gonna work. There are natural things that can help lower your blood pressure, such as eating more potassium (bananas, potatoes, dark green veggies), exercise, reducing stress, etc. My host mother swears that the lemon water she drinks every morning is helping her blood pressure. No Senora. While I’m extremely happy that her BP is better, I think (I know) that it has more to do with her new exercise routine and weight loss, then the lemon water.
- Dietitians and Nutritionists Eat Perfectly. All The Time. I studied nutrition because I like food. A LOT. All food, including sugar, fried food, ice cream, pie. MMM. Yes, I also LOVE a great salad, fresh fruit, hearty soup, and warm whole grain bread. I do have a healthy diet, and generally most dietitians do. But what is a healthy diet? Is a healthy diet one that only includes fruits, veggies, lean meat and nothing else? I don’t think so… that is a psycho diet if you ask me. Or for a more professional term, we refer to this as Orthorexia.
- You Need to Eat Organic Fruits and Vegetables to be Healthy. This statement is almost correct. But this one is 100% correct: You need to eat fruits and vegetables to be healthy. Ding, ding, ding! While I fully support organic agriculture for environmental reasons, there is still a lot of mixed evidence if it is actually healthier for our bodies. If you can afford it, 100% go for it. If you can’t, wash those darn things as best you can and eat up. If you want to buy organic, buy organic from the Dirty Dozen.
Any other myths you’ve heard? Don’t agree with me? Let me hear it!
Now for some photos in Costa Rica and Panama…