Chocolate causes acne. Eating crust makes your hair curly. You shouldn’t eat before swimming. These are but a few food myths that may have spooked you as a child but which you now probably know to be entirely false. However, many other nutrition myths that remain ingrained in our imaginations will persist in conventional discourse and continue to misinform our diets until we learn the cold, hard truth about their legitimacy. Here are five mainstream nutrition myths that you can rest easy have been debunked by modern science.
Nighttime Eating Causes Weight Gain.
This nutrition myth supposes that late-night eating makes you more likely to pack on pounds than does daytime eating – a food myth further propagated by diets that prescribe tapering off calorie intake throughout the day by eating a large breakfast and a minuscule dinner. However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, weight gain, loss, or maintenance is influenced not by what time you eat, but by what foods you eat and your physical activity levels.