It’s April Fool’s Day, but don’t be fooled by these common myths!
MYTH: Detox diets are a good way to cleanse your body.
FACT: There’s no solid scientific evidence to show that you need a detox diet. In fact, your liver, kidneys and intestines already do that job for you. Detox cleanses can cause serious problems such as diarrhea, cramps and dehydration. Plus detox diets tend to be quite low in protein, which is a nutrient we all need to build and repair our muscles.
MYTH: Margarine isn’t a healthy choice.
FACT: Soft, non-hydrogenated margarine is made from healthy unsaturated fats such as canola and sunflower oils. Canada’s Food Guide recommends that we consume a small amount (30-45 mL or 2-3 tbsp) of unsaturated fats every day. This includes soft, non-hydrogenated margarines. For the best choice, read product labels and look for a soft margarine, like Becel®, that is low in saturated fat and contains no trans fat.
MYTH: Sea salt is better for you than table salt.
FACT: Sea salt and table salt both have about the same amount of sodium. Eating too much sodium may lead to health problems such as hypertension. The main differences between sea salt and table salt are in the taste, texture and how the salt is made. Table salt is mined from dried-up ancient salt lakes. Some table salts have added iodine which is important for the normal functioning of the thyroid. Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater, and has a distinctive texture and taste depending on where it’s been sourced. Whichever salt you prefer, aim to use less.