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06/10/2017 The Fit Hijabi in Fitness /

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By: Hana Jaber, Dietetic Intern at the University of Nebraska

 

Often times it seems like there are so many rules surrounding eating healthy. We all try our best to stay on top of the “do’s” and “don’ts” of nutrition, yet with changing science and a confusing media – we all get lost. To simplify some of these guidelines of our diet, here are 5 nutrition myths that don’t stand up to the test of nutrition science.

You Need to Detox to Cleanse Your Body

Smoothies

Detox products promise weight loss among other benefits, but are actually simply a marketing scheme. Your body is a masterpiece that has an amazing system for removing toxins. Your body’s liver, kidneys, and spleen work constantly to ensure any buildup of toxic products is exposed of. It isn’t necessary to purchase products such as detox tea or go on strange juice diets to ensure your body is ‘cleansed of toxins’. In fact, these products are often just laxatives mixed with flavoring.

Allah said in the Holy Qur’an;

“We have certainly created man in the best of stature” {At-Tin 95:5}

 

Fruit Has Too Much Sugar

Fruit

The sugar in fruit is not comparable to the sugar in processed foods such as soda, candy bars and ice cream. Fruit is a valuable aspect of our diet – providing our body with a sweet way to get vitamins that our body can absorb. Fruit is also packed with fiber, which has been shown to lower cholesterol 1 and keep you full for a longer period of time 2.

Here are some delicious fruits found in the Holy Qur’an and hadith:

  • Pomegranate
  • Dates
  • Banana
  • Grape
  • Fig

 

Brown Breads are Automatically Whole Grain

Brown Bread

Packaging companies are sneaky and often label breads “Multigrain” or “9-Grain”. To really ensure you’re getting whole grain bread, read the list of ingredients and look at the nutrition facts label on the bread. The first ingredient of whole grain bread is 100% whole wheat or whole grains such as oats. “Enriched wheat flour” does not mean whole grain flour. Sometimes companies add caramel coloring to make white bread look darker, but this appearance means nothing. It is important to choose whole grain breads as they contain more nutrients and beneficial compounds than refined white grains

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never ate white flour even though it was available. He enjoyed whole grain options instead;

“Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” I asked, “Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him,” I said, “How could you eat barley unsifted?” he said, “We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it.”

[Sahih Bukhari 5413, Book 70, Hadith 41]

 

Gluten is the Root of All Evil

Nutrition Bread

There are some people who need a gluten-free diet to maintain a healthy gut, and those are people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. For the rest of the population, cutting out gluten is not necessary and doesn’t confer any health benefits necessarily. If you don’t have these gluten related diet restrictions, you won’t automatically feel better after cutting out gluten. Although we see gluten-free products all over supermarkets – they aren’t weight loss products and shouldn’t be used as such. However, if you do have symptoms of gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, such as abdominal stress and fatigue, it is important to consult with your doctor.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enjoyed products with gluten, such as bread made from barely.

 

Fatty Foods will make you Fat

Nutritional Fats

Our bodies need dietary fat to function properly and receive necessary nutrients. As long as you consume dietary fat within your given caloric range and balance them in your diet with a variety of foods – they will only benefit you. Choosing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and limiting saturated fats is a great way to get some essential vitamins. Some fat choices that are great to include in diets are; avocados, eggs, salmon, nuts, and olive oil.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) included olive oil in his diet and adviced us to do so as well;

He said – “Season (your food) with olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.”

[Sahih Ibn Majah 3319, Volume 4, Book 29]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to ask Hana any questions, leave comments below and we will be sure to address them in a later post!!

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