In our information-loaded world, it’s difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t, especially when it comes to food choices.
In a misguided attempt at being healthier, many of us are mistakenly basing our assumptions on either pure myth or the latest diet fad. A perfect example is: Gluten is bad for you! Erm, not necessarily! Listening to these ever-changing “rules,” however, can be risky.
Food myths are dangerous because they can potentially deprive you of the benefits of a healthy diet. The following are a few myths that deserve to be debunked:
MYTH: All yogurt is good for you.
If you smother anything with enough sugary fruits and toppings, it’s no longer a snack, but dessert. It’s time to call it like it is.
MYTH: Fresh veggies are more nutritious than frozen or canned.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Melissa Joy Dobbins, veggies and fruits “are canned as soon as they’re picked so they’re at peak nutrition.”
There’s also research showing that canned tomatoes contain more of the heart disease-protective carotenoid pigment lycopene than fresh ones. Since statistics indicate that adding tomatoes to your diet is related to increased consumption of healthy vegetables of all kinds maybe we should all consider stocking up on cans of tinned tomatoes.
MYTH: Gluten-free diets are healthier.
Like trends before them, chalk this up to another diet fad. Without even really knowing what gluten is (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye), we automatically assume that the 99 percent of people who do not have celiac disease should also avoid it.
The problem is that such whole-grain foods happen to be rich in vitamin B, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and fibre, and may even help lower the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Going gluten-free isn’t something anyone should do casually.
MYTH: Eggs are bad for your heart.
Eggs have long enjoyed a bad rap and a renaissance in equal amounts. According to the Harvard Medical School, the only large study that addressed the issue found “no connection between the two.” However, egg yolks do contain cholesterol, calories, and fat. So, for a lean and healthier option, perhaps it’s a good idea to discard the yolk.
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