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Nutrition Myths People Still Believe

Originally published at: Nutrition Myths People Still Believe • Joe's Writers' Club

By Jack Gayer There are many nutrition myths everyone believes in. Seeing is believing and when we are exposed toideas over and over again, we believe they must be true. This is also known as the illusory truth effect.Here are a couple of successful marketing ideas that have been posing as sound nutrition advice for years. Myth #1: Intermittent fasting is a scientifically proven way to help you lose weight and improve your overall health Intermittent fasting (eating within a narrow time window) is constantly thrown out as a life-changing wayof eating. Ultra-fit celebrities such as Terry Crews swear by it. Science-y websites even tout its benefitswith a heavy dose of medical jargon—seemingly boosting its credibility. From So how does it work? When the body goes into ‘starvation’ mode during a fast, due to lowerglucose levels, it starts a homeostatic process known as autophagy, the body’s way of cleaning outdamaged cells to regenerate newer, healthier ones. However, intermittent fasting is not the cure-all many health sites promote it as. Toni Marinucci, aregistered dietitian nutritionist, says what’s happening is people are losing weight from calorie restrictionand that it takes longer than a day for the body to enter starvation mode.…