Are you aware that you may be consuming what you thought was a healthy food when in fact, it isn`t? And perhaps even vice versa? Check out today`s article by guest blogger, Henry Kingston, who may just have busted a few little known healthy food myths!
Many foods that have been falsely believed to be harmful can actually be beneficial for us. You just can’t start believing in certain facts if you do not have substantial proof to back it. Also one thing that should be taken into consideration is the fact that one man’s meat can be another man’s poison. This is because what might suit you might not suit someone else and vice versa.
Your body type determines what you should eat and what you should not. Health related fallacies about certain foods and related diseases have been contradicted by studies and science researches.
Here are some myths about your favorite foods debunked:
Myth # 1: Eggs are harmful.
Due to the high cholesterol content in eggs people usually avoid them. Also some people might be allergic to it. In fact, eggs are rich sources of nutrients like unsaturated fats, vitamin B and D, folate and minerals like zinc and iron and brain boosting chemical choline which retracts the effects of cholesterol.
Processed foods have a higher chance of increasing blood cholesterol level. As it is only 25 percent of our body cholesterol comes from food whereas the rest is produced by the liver which is why it is recommended that children should eat eggs regularly. Let not false assumptions deprive your child of the essential nutrients.
Myth # 2: Raw fruits and vegetables provide more nutrition than cooked ones.
Although cooking fruits and vegetables kills digestive enzymes but it breaks down fiber, making it easily digestible. If you aim to become healthier, consuming only raw fruits and vegetables is the last thing you should do. Where raw foods lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels; on the other hand, it raises the level of homocysteine which is inevitably linked to heart attack and strokes.
Take for example, tomato ketchup that provides five times more of the antioxidant lycopene than raw tomatoes hence is more helpful in fighting diseases like prostate cancer. This draws a fair enough conclusion between the raw and processed form of tomatoes giving as base to establish reasonable logic.
Myth # 3: Natural, fresh fruits and vegetables are better than frozen, canned ones.
This is only true if the produce is used as and when picked or within a few hours. Fresh, natural foods that you find in the produce section actually release enzymes that cause them to lose nutrients and also have to face environmental factors like heat and humidity during the long journey from the orchards to the market. Food processing like quick freezing preserves much of their nutritional value and is done for certain purpose.
Myth # 4: Cancer risks increase by drinking coffee.
Coffee contains caffeine which was thought to support the growth of cysts in breast tissue and increased risk of pancreatic cancer. After many studies it was stated that coffee had no link to cancer instead its effect was actually the opposite. There was a 24 percent less chance of colon cancer for those who drank coffee. Furthermore, it is believed that it provides protection against Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes.
Myth # 5: Nuts should be eaten in small amounts as they are fattening.
It is true that nuts contain fats that are heart healthy monounsaturated fats which can also be included in a weight-loss diet. Nuts help you keep full longer as they are a great fiber source and also a store of vitamin, magnesium, folate and copper. In addition to this, studies prove that those who eat nuts five times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Regular intake of nuts also prevents heart diseases.
Myth#6: Fat-free and low-fat foods are always better than full-fat versions.
In case of meat and dairy products, the lesser the fat the better it is. But in some packaged products, in order to reduce the fats, other not so healthy ingredients are added to compensate for the taste. It is best to avoid such processed fat-free foods and prefer natural foods with healthy fats such as nuts.
It is a very common belief among people that substituting butter with margarine will reduce our calorie intake. In fact, butter and margarine both have equal amount of calories. Margarine is actually a healthier alternative to butter because it is made from vegetable oils. Some margarines can adversely affect our health due to the presence of trans fat which leads to a number of diseases to the heart.
Myth#7: Energy drinks and fruit juices are good thirst quenchers.
Whole fruit is more preferable than a glass of juice. This is because juice has much more calories than a piece of fruit and also lacks fiber and vitamins which limits other food requirements. Having an energy drink or soda after exercise is just added calories. Water is enough to quench your thirst and replenish the body’s water requirement.
About the Author
Henry Kingston is a passionate Health blogger, loves writing as it’s his obsession. He has written on various topics like Healthcare, Home care for the elderly and about different other aspects of life. You can follow him on Twitter for more updates.
What do you think of these healthy food myths?