Ladies, we all know that not everything we hear is 100% true, specially since there are so many food myths. It’s important to know the right facts from the complete hokum when it comes to what we eat. So today we bring you a list of 7 popular food myths that do the rounds all the time, and are absolutely not true!
Myth #1: You Must Drink a Minimum of 8 Glasses of Water a Day
This popular food myth has been doing the rounds for ages now. It’s true that water works wonders for your body, but too much of it can actually damage your liver and system severely. Not to mention that water molecules are also found in food stuffs and other beverages. So here is our first food myth busted!
Myth #2: Olive Oil Is Good Fat
Sure, it’s healthy, but not as healthy as it is hyped to be! Did you know that olive oil is actually a mixture of many kinds of natural fats and acids? Yep! Extra virgin olive oil, frequently touted to be the healthiest form of it, has 15% saturated fats and 75% oleic acid, which has been linked to heart disease. So using lots of it in your food isn't going to do you any favours at all and is a popular food myth. The next time someone says olive oil is the best for you tell them you have got that food myth busted already.
Myth #3: Milk Is the Key to Strong Bones
Sure, milk is rich in calcium, which is good for your bones, but this food myth doesn't hold. Milk lacks an important component called vitamin K, which is actually responsible for making your bones strong. Since this vitamin is absent in milk, the calcium is not automatically absorbed by your system. Is that food myth busted already? Vitamin K can be found in leafy vegetables like kale, bok choy and spinach.Now you know the real reason why Popeye the Sailor Man chooses spinach over milk! ;)
Myth #4: Chocolate Is Unhealthy
Wrong! Chocolate, in fact, can do wonders for your health and the notion that it is unhealthy is a popular food myth. This tasty bar is loaded with antioxidants and endorphins, which is great for battling stress and lifting your mood up. A recent study also showed that daily consumption of cocoa-flavonol-containing dark chocolate can lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure. There! We busted this food myth as well! The next time someone tells you that eating chocolate is bad for you, tell them to read this.
Myth #5: Egg Yolks Should Be Banned from Your Diet
Although most of the protein in egg is indeed found in the white, there are major food myths associated with its yolk. Studies show that one large egg contains 3.6 grams of protein in the white (60%) and an additional 2.7 grams of protein in the yolk (40%). Egg yolk is a valuable source of nutrients such as riboflavin, choline, selenium, vitamin D and vitamin B-12. In short, a balance of both is beneficial for your system. Food myth busted again! You can definitely include the egg yolk in your diet if you balance your nutrition chart well.
Myth #6: Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
Poor diet, irregular exercise, genetics and a lethargic lifestyle causes type 1 diabetes - sugar is not the cause of it and is just another popular food myth. Obviously if you have too much sugar your body may not be able to process it, and thereby causing health issues.
Myth #7: Fruit Juices Are Healthier Than Fruits
Fruits here are the real deal! Unlike in packaged/canned juices, there’s no added fats, sugar or preservatives, to keep it fresh. If you hear someone call that healthy please do tell them that it is a food myth. These juices are often adulterated and contain very less fruit pulp. If you're a juice person, we recommend you consume fresh juice. Make your own at home! It is best to bust food myths then following them blindly right?
Don’t pay heed to food myths just because they are popular, ladies. Research your food, and accordingly take a call on what’s healthy and what's not. Eat safe, eat wise!
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Published on Sep 26, 2014