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Ever had someone tell you that you shouldn’t eat a certain type of food, or that supper is bad for you? Here are some common myths about food and eating:

Late-night Eating Is Bad For You

This is one of the most common myths that we have all heard of. Supper is one of the most sinful guilty pleasures that Singaporeans indulge in, especially with the numerous 24-hour eateries that are available to us. Most of these places also serve food that are high in calories. But is eating supper really bad for you?

Although supper might cause weight gain, it is not due to the timing at which you consume the food. Eating supper means eating an extra meal apart from the three meals you eat a day, and naturally, eating an extra meal means increased caloric intake.

However, research has shown that late meals don’t necessarily cause any nutritional disadvantage. This is due to the fact that the number of calories remains the same, regardless of the time you consume them.

Artificial Sweeteners Are Better Than Sugar

Artificial sweeteners sound like a gift from heaven for people watching their weight, since most of them promise almost zero calories. This is because a small amount of artificial sweetener delivers the same amount of sweetness as sugar, without having to consume as much calories.

However, research has shown that despite this fact, artificial sweeteners might not always be a better option than traditional sugar. Many people tend to use this lower caloric intake to allow themselves to eat more sweet food. This in turn increases their threshold for sweetness and might cause them to overeat in the long run as they require more sweet food to satisfy their taste receptors.

Long-term use of artificial sweeteners instead of sugar can also cause your mind to relate consumption of sweet food to low caloric intake. Over time, this can cause you to indulge in more sweet food, thus causing weight gain and increased risk of diabetes, among other illnesses.

Skip Meals to Lose Weight

Many people skip meals for a variety of reasons, from lack of appetite to weight watching. However, research has proven that skipping meals is actually unhealthy. For one, skipping meals makes you are more likely to overeat during your next meal as your body did not receive the usual amount of nutrients it is used to. Instead of skipping meals, it is advisable for people to take smaller portions in order to provide your body with the needed calories and energy as well as to stave off the hunger pangs.

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