Get the Skinny with Myth-Busting: The Nutritional Facts Behind the Hype

Nutritional misinformation and myths are often passed along so much and for so long that they become accepted as fact. In today’s Get the Skinny, Molly gives us the real skinny behind 3 common nutritional myths.

Myth #1: Sea salt has less sodium than regular table salt

Reality: The sodium content isn’t much different at all.

  • 480 mg per quarter-teaspoon of sea salt
  • 580 mg per quarter-teaspoon of regular table salt
  • One key benefit of sea salt or coarse kosher salt: granules are larger than table salt, which means that it takes longer to dissolve on the tongue, so we can use less of it and still get the same impact.

 

Myth #2: Muscle turns to fat if you stop exercising.

Reality: Muscle cells and fat cells are completely different types of cells, and one can’t evolve into the other.

  • Muscle turning into fat would be like a chicken breast turning into butter – they’re totally separate things.
  • However, muscle burns lots of calories even at rest, so losing muscle does make it easier to put on body fat.
  • Those once-muscular people who are now overweight? They’ve lost muscle mass, especially if they’re not training like they used to — and if they didn’t adjust their diet for their reduced level of activity, they have gained body fat — but their muscle didn’t “turn into” fat.

 

Myth #3: You should follow a low-fat diet if you have high cholesterol

Reality: Cutting total fat too much can cause ‘good’ HDL levels to drop as well.

  • Our bodies need healthy fats like nuts, oils, avocado.
  • Too little fat in our diet can drop LDL cholesterol, impair hormone production, is linked to increase in depression, and can affect appearance, including quality of hair, skin, nails.