Over the years, myths and misconceptions have arisen about certain foods and scary diseases.
Below are the facts proven based on various researches:
Legumes must be eaten at the same time as grains to get a “complete” protein
Eat a mix of amino acids throughout the day and you’ll get all the complete nutrition you’ll need. But yes, beans and legumes are nutritional powerhouses, high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and other minerals, while low in fat.
Raw carrots are more nutritious than cooked
Cooking actually increases carrots’ nutritional value! The process breaks down the tough cellular walls that encase the beta-carotene.
To minimize fat and calories, always remove the skin before cooking chicken
Baking, broiling, grilling, or roasting poultry with the skin intact helps preserve its natural juices. Cook with the skin—and then remove before serving.
Avoid eggs because of their cholesterol content
Eggs have gotten an unfounded bad rap; the latest research shows that they don’t actually contribute to high cholesterol. In fact, eggs are an inexpensive source of many nutrients, including zinc and iron, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin D, and the brain-boosting chemical choline. Keep cholesterol in check by monitoring saturated fat in your diet.
The fewer carbs, the healthier you are
Choosing the healthiest carbohydrates, especially whole grains, is more important to your well-being. At least seven major studies show that women and men who eat whole grains have 20 to 30 percent less heart disease.
Nuts are as bad as junk food
Nuts are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients, as long as you keep servings to a handful.
The MSG found in some Chinese dishes can trigger headaches and other reactions
It probably is not the monosodium glutamate; people are most likely reacting to histamine, tyramine, and phenylethylamine.
Those with diabetes have to give up sweets
In moderation, an occasional sweet treat is fine. The key to maintaining healthy blood glucose levels is balancing meals and snacks to provide a mixture of carbs, fats, and proteins.
Don’t drink milk when you have a cold
There’s absolutely no truth to the idea that milk increases mucus production, so there’s no need to skip it when you feel congested.
Spicy food gives you an ulcer
Spices don’t trigger ulcers. We now know that the bacteria Helicobacter pylori causes almost all ulcers, except those triggered by certain medications, like aspirin. What spices can do is exacerbate an irritable bowel, which people often mistake for an ulcer. Then again, one study also says hot peppers could make you live longer.
Disclaimer: All the information mentioned above is based on health journals. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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