Nutritionist Debunks 6 Food & Drink Myths | Nutritionist Explains… | Myprotein

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Expert nutritionist debunks 6 food and drinks myths, that people will be shocked about.

Richie Kirwan, an expert nutritionist, takes us through 6 common myths, that need to be debunked. While some of these myths can be really well known in the general population, some are really specific and only circulate in online nutrition communities. Those communities often act like echo chambers where people keep hearing the same bad information over and over again until they believe it as fact.

The problem with fake news like that is that it can be really hard to get people to unlearn it, which is often something they need to do to make progress with their nutrition. Hopefully, some of these will help you make better nutritional choices in your day-to-day life.

Right, let’s debunk some nutrition myths.

00:00 – Introduction
01:40 – Lemon water
04:21 – Broccoli v Steak
05:28 – Pink Himalayan rock salt
08:47 – Fructose corn syrup
10:30 – Any more myths need busting?


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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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  1. Yes. right .. and I read Omega 6 fatty acid also known as CLA is more in grass fed beef than omega 3 this is also be mentioned I think..

  2. A comprehensive guide on complimentary proteins would be useful. If they should be counted as part of your daily protein intake? Which food types compliment others to complete the chain? Grains, pulses, legumes etc… maybe some useful combinations that can be easily slipped into a healthy and balanced meal? There's alot of content online about it, but its knowing which to follow and believe.

  3. Hello, thanks for the great content! I would like to know if microwave really destroys nutrients in food? Hope you will cover this topic in one of your next videos 🙂 Thank you!

  4. It would be interesting to get your take on Himalayan rock salt having far less micro plastics than regular table salt? Seems to be a big concern in the health/biohacker community.

  5. I love this vid! Super educational. Have you ever used Next Level Diet? I got a personalized weight loss meal plan from them and I love it.

  6. A glass of lemon water each morning can help with weight loss if you keep your lemons seveal miles away from where you sleep. It also works better if the lemons are at a higher altitude than your bed. It's a scientific mystery.

  7. Hi Richie, I have a question. I'm trying to maintain a low calorie high protein diet.. Is it okay to consume 150g of soy protein powder a day if I still eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and my other macros are met?
    I'm having like 4 protein shakes with some fruits and one whole meal a day.

  8. Another great vid. Thanks. You might have covered it already but some info on the myth that seed oils are toxic to humans would be useful. Too much false info on the net about this.

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