Many people religiously believe in many food myths and even pass it down as knowledge to their kids. Out of curiosity, I did a little research and found some interesting facts. This is my list of “8 Myths That you Think are True”
Microwaves kill the nutrients in foods.
False! Microwaves use radiation to make the molecules in the food move rapidly, this is how the heating process begins. The radiation in microwaves is far too low to pose any kind of negative health risks.
Enzymes in foods are usually destroyed by any method of cooking, whether it’s stove top, oven, microwaves or barbecued.
Detox diets work!
This one is totally bogus! We all have organs that work day in and day out to remove toxins in our bodies. The liver, kidneys, lungs and even our skin are powerful parts of your body that detoxify the toxins.
What is a detox/cleanse diet?
Detox/Cleanse = Fasting for short periods of time
- Consuming only fruits and vegetables
- Cutting out wheat and dairy foods
- Consuming a limited range of foods
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol
Celebrities and entrepreneurs can easily make money off of gullible people through marketing Detox and Cleansing Diets. Think before getting high jacked by entrepreneurs and their marketing myths. In my opinion, these diets place you on a zero junk food time-out. Therefore, you will have minimal toxins in your body during the so-called “cleanse”. That is where the support of these false claims come from. Nothing wrong with eating healthy but there are lots of things wrong with shady marketing.
If you have a toxic overload in your body, you would fall sick and possibly need medication to get better. Something to think about before placing your order on auto-ship.
Fresh produce is healthier than frozen produce
Frozen produce like carrots, broccoli, peas, peaches, strawberries is all flash-frozen shortly after being harvested. Whether it’s fresh or frozen, they carry the same amount of nutrients in both.
4. All oatmeal is healthy for you
Not the instant oatmeal! Making oatmeal from scratch and adding fresh fruits as a sweetener is a healthy way to go. Making “instant” oatmeal packets like the example above is likely to be bad for you. There’s a good reason behind this, the oatmeal packets have added salt, sugar and several other additives. It’s a fast way to make an unhealthy choice, especially when it’s on the go.
5. Eating eggs will raise your cholesterol?
The answer is “NO”. The blood cholesterol in your body does not significantly change when consuming many eggs. The yolk of large eggs hold 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol and has little effect on your blood cholesterol. The yolk actually contains several vitamins that are good for you. It is still recommended that you only consume the suggested daily limit to maintain a healthy balance.
6. Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs.
This is not true. The nutritional value of eggs depends on the breed of the hen and how the farmers raise them. Most egg packaging in the supermarkets explains the Grade of eggs (AA, A, B) and type.
Common types of eggs:
- Standard White Eggs
- Standard Brown Eggs
- Free-Run Eggs
- Free-Range Eggs
- Organic Eggs
- Omega-3 Eggs
- Vitamin-Enhanced Eggs
7. Turkey makes you sleepy
False! Turkeys have an amino acid called Tryptophan. The amino acid triggers the pineal gland in your brain to produce serotonin, a calming agent that affects your mood. There’s not enough Tryptophan in a turkey to actually make you sleepy or tired. In fact, the sleepiness, more like the tired feeling you’re experiencing is likely from overeating at holiday dinners.
8. Lobsters screamed when you boil them.
False! For many years, people have been spreading this rumour and are actually convinced that lobsters scream when being cooked.
Let me debunk this myth and tell you what happens after placing the lobster in boiling water. As the lobster starts to cook in the boiling water, steam begins to build up in the shell. The steam starts to release itself from the shell and makes a sound like air releasing under water.
If you would like me to elaborate more on the facts of one of the myths, leave a comment and I will be glad to talk to you.
I’m pretty sure a friend or two of yours has fallen victim to one of these myths.
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