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Myths to SLAM!

August 14, 2018

Australian Nutrition and Sports has uncovered some of the most inaccurate myths and clarified the truth to put your minds at ease. Protein has many health benefits, giving the body energy and assisting with healthy functioning, reducing the risk of chronic disease and ensuring high absorption of vitamins and minerals.

1) Only take protein if you want to gain muscle

Around half of the human body is made up of protein, such as our skin, brain cells, and hair and nails. Our body provides us with the non-essential amino acids, and we must consume protein in our diet to receive the essential amino acids. When these are broken down they provide us with a good source of amino acids which form the building blocks of protein.

These amino acids will be used by the human body for protein synthesis, as precursors of key compounds needed by the body for energy.

Some of the foods that are high in protein include:

  • Flesh foods, such as red meat and fish
  • Dairy, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Quinoa
  • Legumes and beans such as lentils, chickpeas, soybeans and kidney beans
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach
  • Healthy grains, such as oats
  • Seeds and nuts, such as Almonds, Pistachios and Cashews

ANS encourages Individuals with busy lifestyles to include a premium protein supplement in their diets, as lacking time to prepare meals may result in insufficient levels of protein in our bodies. Some symptoms include weight loss, muscle weakness, liver problems and low blood pressure.

2) Soy is unhealthy in the diet

Soy can be a great source of protein for vegetarians and lactose intolerant. Moderate amounts of soy can also be good for menopausal women, as it increases oestrogen levels for fewer hot flushes. There has been an overwhelming amount of evidence to support the benefit of soy for protection from coronary heart disease and to lower the risk of osteoporosis.

Foods that contain soya beans:

  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Soy protein

3) Eating fat makes you fat

The body needs fat to function, for blood clotting, muscle movement, building cell membranes and to protect your nerves. If you don’t include healthy fats in your diet, your body will not be making the most of the vitamins and minerals you provide it with, as healthy fats are required by the body to absorb these nutrients.

The ANS philosophy ‘moderation is key’ understands that there are many foods offering health benefits and we shouldn’t limit our diets to only a few of these. Our expert nutritionist encourages including Polyunsaturated fats such as seeds, nuts, and fish oils, and Monounsaturated fats such as avocado, butter, and oils in your diet for heart health and to prevent chronic diseases.

4) Only elderly suffer from muscle loss

The rate of muscle mass loss is accelerated after the age of 30 years, however, muscle loss is not only age-dependent, with research revealing  that young people actually lose more muscle mass from inactivity over 2 weeks than older people do.

However, the impact of losing muscle mass is more critical for older people who are 50 years of age or older, and therefore a balanced diet with protein and nutrients, and strength and resistance training should be included in all lifestyles for greater control over muscle mass.

 

 



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