10 Unbelievable Food Myths You Should Know About
Myths are fictional stories or facts that are believed to be true but might be completely false. This is the case of many thing believed to be true about food. So to give you a better knowledge and the true facts, we decided to put together a list of the 10 most popular myths and the things you should know about
Myth #1: Eggs are bad for the heart.
Believe it or not this is a very common belief in people all around the world. This common belief in based in a true fact, egg have a lot of cholesterol in the yolk, around 200mg per egg. This lead to a common belief of that eggs is causing heart diseases, the truth is that the bigger culprit on heart failure are the Trans fats. Even when the myth is false you should consider the recommendations of the American heart association when consuming eggs.
Myth #2: Vitamin C can prevent you from getting a cold
But it is also truth that even when it makes your body immune system stronger it doesn’t makes it invincible.
The myth has its basis on the fact that it does prevents getting a cold but only on skiers, marathoners and people under sub-Artic conditions.
Myth #3 Grains and Legumes must be eaten at the same time.
The myth states that for getting a “full protein” you need to eat both grains and legumes at the same time to get the best nutritional benefits. There is a bit of truth to it. Amino acids are the responsible of synthetizing the proteins but you don’t need to eat all of the essential amino acids required at the same time to get a full nutrition. Eating throughout the day ensures that you get all the nutrients and amino acids you need for a proper body function.
Myth #4: Eating celery burns more calories than what you are eating.
Yes celery is a food powerhouse considered by many as a super food because of the myth that surrounds it that says that it gives you negative calories.
The truth is that a medium stalk of celery provides around 7 to 10 calories while you actually might burn 1 or 2 while eating and digesting it so it doesn’t provides you with “negative calories”
Myth #5: Carbohydrates make you fat.
The truth is that eating carbs has nothing fattening has revealed several studies since the 70’s. The true is that all of our bodies run on carbs. The fact is that eating lots of processed carbs and sugary things like doughnuts and others like it do have a negative effect in your health. The recommendation is to avoid all white breads and processed carbs and go for whole grain options that are better for your system.
Myth #6: Raw diets provide more nutrients.
The truth is that in fact, heating the foods breaks down many of its nutrients but in the case of vegetables (you should never eat raw meats) and plants it that these proteins are essential for us and recent studies have proven that these enzymes get almost completely broken down while in our stomachs and most of it will never reach our intestines and this little amount has been proved to have very little to no impact on our bodies.
Myth #7: Calories eaten at night are more fattening.
Calories are calories, no matter when you eat them. Calories don’t have a night mode for fattening us. However, this myth is part truth. There is a fact behind this myth and it is that in the night we tend to be much less active than during the day which translates in less calorie burn. Calories intake before long inactivity periods don’t get burnt. If you lived by night and sleep by day, the calories would also be stored while sleeping.
Myth #8: Microwaving your foods creates dangerous components in it.
This myth is fueled by the fact that microwaves use radiation. And when we think of radiation we think of atomic bomb and nuclear plants, which are in fact very dangerous stuff. You are exposed to radiation in the form of light, and in the form of energy every day, also are x-rays and gamma-rays. All of this might pose some danger to our heaths but it depends on the level of radiation and the truth is that the levels of radiation generated by microwaves are barely perceptible and suppose no harm for our bodies.
Myth #9: if you are craving for something then you have a deficiency.
This myth is completely false for humans. This myth derives from the fact that some animal species like deer’s and other herbivores eat special foods during certain seasons to gain valuable nutrients. But recent studies have shown that human cravings are more likely to satisfy emotional needs.
Myth #10: Eating several times during the day is better than eating fewer larger meals.
The truth is that effectively, when we eat our metabolism gets geared up and burns more calories but the truth behind this myth is that even when eating helps you burn more calories it really isn’t a significant amount of calories.
Did you knew any of these myths? Do you believed in any of them?
Or do you have any other myth you would like to share with us? Then let us know in the comment section.