8FOOD Myths | Read the truth about these nutritional lies…

| 07/03/2012 | 1 Comment More

Microwaving Food Destroys Nutrients: Two factors affect the nutritional quality of vegetables, exposure to heat and exposure to water…That’s why according to the Harvard Medical School, boiling can be the worse way to cook, wear as microwaving exposes them to heat more briefly so they retain more goodness.  That’s just the rule of thumb though as carrots are more nutritious when boiled because it makes their nutrients easier to absorb.  The best strategy is to eat as much veg as you can.  However it is prepared.

Eggs Raise Your Cholesterol Levels: Although this is true, it’s not the reason to avoid them, because eggs contain high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, the good kind of cholesterol that is needed for optimum health.  Eggs are also high in protein and healthy fats, making them one of nature’s top muscle foods.

Red Meat is Bad For You: You should limit your consumption of red meat to no more than 500g per week and cut out process meat to reduce the risk of bowl cancer.  But don’t bin red meat altogether…  A diet containing red meat can lower your levels of low-density lipoprotein (Bad Cholesterol) and increase absorption of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Low-Fat Food is Good For You: Don’t be fooled by this and the labels on low-fat food packaging…  Low-Fat food can contain the same amount of calories as the full-fat version because it replaces fat with the likes of sugar to cover the change in flavour.

Organic Food is More Nutritious: Just because its more expensive, doesn’t mean it’s better for you, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicines systematic review of more than 50,000 studies over a 50yr period reported that conventionally and organically produced foods were comparable in 10 of the 13 nutrient categories analysed, with no significant health benefits attributed to the differences.

You Shouldn’t Eat Full Fat Cheese: The full-fat version maybe higher in calories than the low-fat option but one serving of full-fat cheese per day can actually help you lose weight, this is according to research from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute.  This is because it’s a combination of protein and healthy fats that keeps you full and prevents snacking; it is also a good source of bone-strengthening calcium.

Only Fresh Fruit Really Counts: Although fresh fruit is your best source of vitamin C, but dried and canned fruit also count towards your recommended five daily portions of fruit and veg.  Dried fruit is low in fat and sodium and high in fibre and potassium.

Red Wine is The Only Alcohol That is Good For Your Heart: Red wine contains a chemical called resveratrol, which has been shown to have heart-protecting properties by numerous studies, but a Harvard University study published in the journal ‘Circulation’ found that one alcoholic drink per day helped reduce the risk of heart disease, regardless of whether it was beer, wine or spirits.  Drinking more than this regularly though, increases your risk.

By Mike Buss.

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Category: Nutrition, Nutrition (weightloss)

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