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Nutritionist Rob Hobson breaks 8 food rules

London-based nutritionist, Rob Hobson has declared some of our beliefs in our eating habits as null and void.

He has declared 8 common traditional rules of diet that we adhere to religiously as not valid and set new rules as follows:


  1. Carbohydrates makes you fat

Particularly with oats, rice or pasta, you can’t grow fat because these foods contain 4 calories per gram which is the same as protein.  It is only what you eat them with that increases calories. They are rich sources of nutrients like fibres and Vitamin B.  It is noteworthy that surplus of any food supports weight gain.


  1. Food eaten after 7 p.m is stored as fat

First, food eaten at 7 p.m is not suddenly turned to fat by the body.

Second, though metabolism can slow as you sleep,it still digests any food in the gut.

The amount of fat you lay down is determined by the excess amount of calories you eat during the day against those you use up by keeping active.

This tip could be useful for weight loss but only by preventing people from overeating at night.


  1. Bread causes bloating

Although some people are sensitive to wheat which might cause bloating, sensitivity is not that common and allergy to wheat is rare.

Research has shown that between eating of bread and pasta, bloating is less with bread than pasta. It is believed that bloaters are more sensitive to the feeling of abdominal gas whilst not actually producing it.

Opting for toasted bread and specialty loaves such as sourdough can reduce bloating in those sensitive to wheat. 


  1. Eating small meals can increase your metabolism and help lose weight

Metabolism increases as you eat but it is not enough to cause weight loss.

Snacking is used by dieters to avoid hunger pangs but this could lead to overeating.

The most effective method of boosting your metabolism is with regular exercise.


  1. You need dairy foods to get enough calcium

Many people have decided not to include dairy foods in their diet but this is not necessary or has benefit to health except you are prejudiced.

Dairy foods are major sources of calcium but we have other foods rich in minerals like almonds, ground spices, fortified plant milks and green vegetables.

It is important to eat food rich in calcium for healthy bones but do not rely totally on dairy foods.


  1. Foods naturally high in cholesterol like eggs can raise blood cholesterol thereby increase the risk of heart disease

Earlier suggestion to reduce egg consumption has been changed because we now know foods naturally high in cholesterol have little impacts in the blood.

Eggs are highly nutritious and can aid weight loss, especially if eaten at breakfast.  But those with diabetes or high cholesterol levels should limit the consumption to three times in a week.


  1. Raw food diets are better for your health as they’re rich in enzymes that are essential for healthy digestion

Even though this is true, many of the reasons given don’t add up.  There are antioxidants which are available when foods are cooked like lycopene and beta-carotene.

Raw foodies usually talk about how great they feel but much of this can also be attributed to the healthy lifestyle that usually accompanies this way of eating that often involves regular exercise and abstaining from alcohol, coffee and smoking.


  1. Saturated fats in diets increases cholesterol and leads to heart disease

Research has shown that saturated fat intake cannot be strongly linked to heart disease as earlier thought as fat is the most complicated of all nutrients.

Cholesterol is not all that bad, it has many important functions that it performs in the body.  The body produces more of it than we eat.


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