Debunking Top 4 Food Myths

Diet advice these days is changing so rapidly, that at times it is extremely hard to keep a tab of what exactly is good for the body and what is harmful. More often than not, when a certain piece of advice becomes a rigid rule to follow, it is possible that the rule might be a bit skewed off track. Hence, taking the opinion of leading nutrition experts, we clarify some of the more common food myths around us and discern the actual truth behind them.

 

  1. Myth: nutrients are destroyed while microwaving food.

Truth: in actuality, microwaving food is one of the better ways of maintaining all the nutrients in fresh produce, such as vegetables. In a number of cases, when vegetables are boiled, important minerals and vitamins are leeched. However in the case of microwaving, foods continue to stay nutrient packed because the way a microwave cooks food, it does so without using a lot of water.

  1. Myth: increasing the number of grains in the daily diet.

Truth: it is absolutely true that grains or multigrain meals are preferable to refined or bleached white flour because of the high quantities of fibre content and vitamin B levels in them. However this does not mean that you have to fall into the multigrain trap. In a number of cases, if a product advertises that it contains multiple grains of different variety, it is not guaranteed that these grains present in the product have not been processed or stripped off its nutrient density. Processed grains available in commercially prepared food products are often devoid of its nutrient, thus changing the way the body absorbs them. It is important to check food labels and ensure that when you pick up a certain multigrain food product it contains the word “whole” before any kind of grains listed on it. Also, more importantly ensure that the first item in the ingredient list is whole grain, which further affirms that the most important ingredient of that food product is whole grains. In addition, also keep a close eye for the amount of fibre content in the product. If a 15 cracker serving contains an abysmal 2 g of fibre, there’s your proof that there is probably any whole grain in it.

  1. Myth: salad dressings that are fat-free are healthier.

Truth: a number of fresh produce such as fresh vegetables and fruits contain fat-soluble nutrients that require the presence of fat in order to process itself in the body, such as lycopene in tomatoes. Lycopene is extremely important because of its stroke lowering abilities and cancer fighting properties. However, a salad dressing that does not contain any fat may deprive you of acquiring the benefits present in certain foods. Seek out all of olive oil based salad dressings and include nuts and avocados in your salads, both of which contain healthy fats for your body.

  1. Myth: stay away from white vegetables.

Truth: a large number of diet experts believe that the more brighter and diverse foods are, the better it is for your body. It is true that colourful foods such as strawberries and carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is a critical antioxidant necessary for fighting against cell inflammation while dark green fresh vegetables are rich sources of important vitamins, calcium, antioxidants and fibre. However, that does not mean that the rest of the vegetables that are predominantly white in colour are nutritional fiascos. On the contrary, onions, cauliflower, garlic, mushroom, and even the humble potato are significant sources of potassium, antioxidants and fibre. A large number of dieters have completely shunned the white potato, but including a reasonable quantity of potato to your diet does not harm weight loss. In fact, potatoes are rich in fibre and including a moderate amount of potatoes in your diet can go a long way in making you eat less throughout the day and helping you feel full. Interestingly, a potato can to be used as a means to enhance a meal; for example if you include a little bit of cheese and broccoli to a meal it can go a long way in satisfying your hunger for a long period of time, especially for if you are .

Joe Bianchi is a writer about food and diet. He is passionate to write articles about weight loss related to Food and HCG diet.




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