We are surrounded by information about the foods we consume, but not all of it is true. Myths turn to popular beliefs, and we tend to get confused about what to follow, and what to overlook. When it comes to good health and diet, it’s best to listen to your body. But it helps to know about the common misconceptions and make the right choices.
Here’s a list of food-related myths, debunked:
- Myth: Frozen Food Has No Nutrition
Fact: Fruit and vegetables start losing their nutrient content the moment they are picked from the farm. The foods that reach us are several days old, after all the time they take up in transit. Frozen foods, on the other hand, are refrigerated quickly after being picked, which helps retain a good amount of nutrition. While fresh food is definitely healthy, its frozen variety is also good for you, and could, in fact, turn out to be more pocket-friendly. While picking anything frozen, however, be sure that it is not sweetened, or artificially flavored.
- Myth: Raw Is Always Better Than Cooked
Fact: Not all foods are healthy in their raw form. Sure, raw foods have all the nutrients intact, which otherwise get lost to the heat while cooking. But certain cooking methods actually help retain nutrients better, and make the food more palatable. For instance, green vegetables hold onto their nutrients better when steamed. Cooking tomato helps its cell-walls open up, making antioxidants more available. Cooking vegetables with less water has also proven to be of benefit. Garlic, on the other hand, should be eaten raw and chopped, leaving it to sit for a while before consumption.
- Myth: Eggs Are Bad For The Heart
Fact: Egg yolk does contain cholesterol, but its consumption in moderation does not raise blood-cholesterol, and thus doesn’t have a negative impact on the heart. Having eggs for breakfast can, in fact, provide energy and lower your calorie intake through the day. Not having eggs could deprive you of certain essential nutrients and proteins. Practice moderation.
- Myth: Having Several Small Meals Through The Day Helps Lose Weight
Fact: It’s believed that having multiple small meals through the day can boost metabolism and help burn fat. While it does help curb hunger, it doesn’t increase the amount of calories you burn per day. Your metabolism won’t slow down, nor will you gain fat if you have fewer meals. In fact, having three wholesome meals at the right time could be great for your weight and overall health.
- Myth: Low-Fat Dairy Products Are Better
Fact: Considering that most of the benefits of dairy come from its fatty components, low-fat products are not your best pick. Although high-fat dairy products are rich in saturated fat and calories, they don’t necessarily increase the chances of heart disease. Moreover, products coming from grass-fed cows are actually found to lower the risk of heart disease and obesity. Consuming full-fat dairy products in reasonable amounts could prove to be safer and healthier for you.
- Myth: A Low-Carb Diet Aids Weight Loss
Fact: A balanced diet is incomplete without carbs. Some carbs are essential for the proper functioning of the body, and they certainly do not contribute to weight gain. If you are cutting back on the vital carbs like whole grains, you are missing on the body’s much-required fuel. While it is better to stay away from refined carbohydrates like white polished rice, you should ensure that you get the necessary nutrients and fiber by eating the right carbs, in the right amounts.
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