There is like crux of truths behind so many food and nutrition myths and now, this articles will help you separate science from silliness and uncover some most common Food myths. Yes, some conventional food wisdom you think makes you so wise, is well, not so wise. And that’s why you need to clear up your cluttered mind and here’s are some real food myths busted, only for you. Go through them and get yourself amazed…
Chocolate lifts up mood and is Antidepressant: The most common aspect we believe in, these delicacies help in upliftment of mood and makes us feel better when you are feeling low. Like Really? The story behind it is that chocolate has been touted as possessing this ability to boost serotonin levels. But there’s a problem with this theory as per researchers. First being, that your mood changes without change in serotonin levels. Finally, when you eat chocolate as comfort food, it is more likely to prolong your depression rather than bringing it to an end and this is why the joy you receive from eating chocolate is short and sweet as a pleasure of anticipation.
Calories eaten at night have more fattening than the calories eaten in morning: Well, this is funny to think that calories have effect on your body system as per time of the day. As told by Dr. John Foreyt,” Calories are calories and it doesn’t really matter what time you eat them. What actually matters are the total calories that you take in.” So, better to keep check on the amount of calories rather than on time.
Fresh is always better than Frozen: Not a truth as Frozen can be as good as fresh food with all the nutrients intact. The frozen produce can be as nutritious as fresh and this is because it is frozen shortly after picking, which says that it retains more nutrients than if it has to travel, unfrozen for days before being sold and consumed. Also, there is cost benefit as frozen is often cheap as compared to fresh.
Apples are as good for you now as they always were, like in 19th century: Apples are awesome and are an excellent wholefood and source of nutrients and Vitamin A, of course. But unlike in 1940s, when apples were known to contain three times as much of iron as one of today’s apple, which was due to growing of the same crops in the same soils. It removes the nutrients and that’s why crop rotation is so important.
Dark or Brown Bread is always better than White bread: A very common perception that people have, that white bread holds no good and dark one is better. While the truth is slightly different as dark bread may just have caramel colouring and be no better than white bread. Rather look at such words on the packaging like, ”whole wheat bread” “whole grain” ; that means bread is made from unrefined wheat, which has more than double the fiber and also has high potassium, manganese, selenium content. So, break this myth.
Eggs are bad for your heart health: Well, Labeling eggs as bad for the heart is wrong notion as many studies show that healthy people can eat an egg a day without any problem. Though it is true that it contains substantial amount of cholesterol in their yolks which is about 211 milligrams per large egg. But the good thing for most of us is, that the cholesterol we eat in eggs or any other food, doesn’t have a huge impact on raising our blood cholesterol as the body compensates by simply manufacturing less cholesterol itself. Only trans fats and saturated fats are the chief culprits for heart disease. Make sure that eggs can fit in as long as you make a room for them in the rest of what you’re eating.
Carbohydrates make you fat in some way: The famous low carb/no carb manifesto is generally followed by many people thinking carbohydrates are fattening while there’s nothing inherently in them that make them a fat food. Undoubtedly, refined carbohydrate rich food such as white bread, pasta can raise the risk of gaining weight and other health problems but is you cut so called, good carb from your diet such as whole grains, beans , then you are missing out the main source of fuel for your body.
Radiation from microwave zaps nutrients in your food: This is a misguided thinking as according to many researchers, it is the heat and the amount of time you are cooking that affects the loss of nutrient and not the way you cook it. The right perception is; because microwave take less time to cook and hence minimize the nutrient losses. Microwave cooking is no different than any other method of cooking that supplies heat to food. You just need to make sure that you use microwave-safe containers only and not just pick any of the plastic container.
Craving certain food because there is deficiency in one of the nutrients they provide: Nope! It’s not true that you crave certain because you have gotten deficient in nutrients they provide to your body. The basic reason behind human food craving tends to be more about satisfying emotional needs than the actual hunger. Generally, cravings occur when you have a boring diet or you are restricted to eat something. If there is any nutrient deficiency then it is of “iron” and that lack of iron might somehow affect the body’s mechanisms.
All these food facts or food myths busted here might surprise you and change your ways and perceptions about it. But it is for your good, if taken into consideration. Now, relish food more.
Healthy Eating. Happy Life.