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Popular myths about food


The article’s origin goes back to the time when I was small enough not to question my grandma’s nutritional facts. I was strictly told not to consume milk after fish or the other way round. I silently followed her advice because she would scare me to the helms of catching a terminal disease. Now that I have grown up and still unsure about the truth of this food myth, I decide to bust some really good traditional myths about food, health and dieting. They are so deeply rooted in our society that we fail to question them and simply follow what our elders have to say. Does olive oil really help you to tone down? Should breakfast be the king of all meals? It is true that some of them do have scientific foundation and have got to do something with our body’s metabolism but most of them are nugatory. Let us uncover some popular myths and beliefs because I am too much of a foodie to abide by them.

  1. Fat=fat


This is the biggest enemy of the girls and guys as well, as a matter of fact. We consider having highly fatty foods will only make us gain more weight around the wrong areas of our body. En fait, they have been receiving so much flak from the people around that we consider fat as a taboo word in the healthy dietary foods, the truth being that not all fats are bad for our body. There are some good fats as well which are found in nuts, olive oil, avocadoes, and salmon. Fats are an important constituent of our diet. They are responsible for giving a ‘staying full’ feeling and help you to avoid the small meals in between. Good fats and bad fats both exist. Deficiency will actually slow down your brain activities and your body will be unable to absorb most of the nutrients.

  1. 8 glasses of water


I used to be a victim to this myth. Once I was glancing through sites for reducing excessive fat around the tummy. I came across this thing that drinking water will actually help you lose your weight. I did not lose anything save my mind. I used to gulp down bottles and feel satiated and will not eat anything. Water is the first choice to quench your thirst but other fluids like milk, coke, coffee, tea can do the same trick. Drinking 8 glasses of water will definitely not do the trick. Every individual has his own thirst requirements. It varies from season to season as well! During winters, we drink less water because we hardly sweat. If we are drinking more than what our bodies require, obviously we will be making unnecessary rounds to the loo. There is no universal rule for how much water a person should drink in a day. If you are worried about you being dehydrated, then check the color of your urine. For a well hydrated body, it should be of very light yellow color.

  1. Dairy=calcium


Too many Indian households confuse dairy with calcium. Our mothers irk the hell out of us to drink that glass of milk otherwise we will get our bones ruptured very easily, as if they are made of nothing but plastic. Dairy does contain calcium but green leafy vegetables are a great source of calcium as well. Dairy products like milk contains calcium and vitamin d. But our bones are made stronger not only by these nutrients but there are others like vitamin k. and to your surprise, milk does not have vitamin k but the dark green leafy vegetables have it. Of course this is not an excuse to fool your mothers and chuck that big glass of milk. If you are concerned about your bones health, then make sure that you have enough of dairy products and green vegetables in your diet. But by no means, dairy is the only source. Vitamin k helps to prevent bone loss. When we age, there is hardly any bone development but it is important that we prevent the bone loss. It also makes sure that the calcium we intake goes where it is needed and nowhere else. It helps in binding the calcium to the bones so that they live longer. It also prevents the unnecessary build up of calcium in our arteries, saving us from any heart disease.

  1. The sodium salt


Are you a patient of blood pressure or diabetes? Have you been advised to stay away from salty foods as much as you can? The truth is not all sodium foods taste salty when you eat them. If you think you can have a donut but not the highly salted chicken mcnuggets, then here is a quick fact for you. Both of thes food items contain almost the same sodium content but does a donut taste salty? Sodium actually lurks in strange proportions in your food. You will have to go deep into the contents label if you are wary about your sodium intake. A lot of foods contain processed sodium, which helps to make them taste good and not just salty. After all taste is not everything!

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