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DEBUNKING NUTRITION MYTHS

By: Iya Lindahl

In our culture that is obsessed with physical appearance, different myths about nutrition constantly rise and fall. Sometimes, these myths are even circulated into the athletic community with the misnomer to improve performance. 

Whatever the ultimate goal is, here are some myths that won’t help you get there. One of the most infamous of these tales mislabels carbs are the enemy. On the contrary, they are necessary for recovery and energy for performance, especially athletic performance. Another of these feared food groups is fats. But as Kamal Patel says in The Top 17 Nutrition Myths of 2017, “Far from being healthy, shunning all fat from your diet can be dangerous, since your body needs to consume at least some omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.”

Another myth that many people hear is that it is beneficial to work out on an empty stomach. As an athlete and a coach at Jackson Strength, this is truly upsetting to hear! Humans eat food to fuel themselves so skipping out on nutrition when you are pushing your body to the limits is in no way healthy. On top of that, the difference in fat loss is very little.

Overall, it is important to stay away from misleading myths about nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about what good nutrition is, visit the Jackson Strength website or talk to a coach!