Does fat make you fat? The TastyMoments team has been debating some common myths around food. And we’ve been surprised at what had come up when we dug a little deeper!
So here are 5 common food myths we’ve debunked in our debates.
Frozen Veggies Aren’t as Good as Fresh?
Not true! This one blew our minds, but it totally makes sense when you think about it. When fresh veggies are picked, they’re transported long distances and often kept in cold storage for extended periods. Over time, we know the nutritional value of veggies decreases the longer they’re exposed to the elements. By the time your “fresh” spinach arrives at your house, it may actually be a week old. Frozen veggies are picked and blast frozen immediately! This instant freezing process retains the “just-picked” freshness of the vegetable until it’s cooked. So, frozen veggies are often more nutritious than their fresh counterparts. Something to bear in mind when you’re shopping for Green Valley’s delicious, Creamed Spinach when you need a bit of hand making a healthy meal.
Does All Fat Make You Fat?
Not if you eat good fats! Healthy fats, AKA unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, are essential for balanced nutrition. They keep you fuller for longer can lower cholesterol to protect your heart. Good fats are present in olive oil, salmon, canola, seeds, nuts and avocados. Bad fats, like artificial trans fats or saturated fats, can be found in processed foods like pies, packaged snacks, and crisps – so definitely give those a skip. Artificial trans fats increase your harmful cholesterol levels and decrease the good. Not all fats are created equal!
Does Dairy Make You Snotty?
We’ve always believed that dairy triggered our mucus production! Not true. It’s an old wives’ tale that milk makes you snotty. According to studies, there is NO link between mucus production and dairy consumption. Experts believe that the feeling of “thickening of mucus” after consuming dairy is due to the reaction of the milk and the enzymes in your saliva, which creates dense “emulsion” that feels like phlegm.
Gluten-Free is Healthier, Right?
Also, WRONG. Gluten is merely a protein found in wheat, barley, rye grains. It’s the magic “glue” that gives bread and baked goods their bounce and elasticity. Certain people, like those with Celiac disease, must adhere to a strict gluten-free diet. Gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction in their gut and can make them very ill.
People who suffer from gluten sensitivity should also avoid it, hence the growing presence of gluten-free products on the market. BUT! Gluten-free doesn’t mean healthier. In fact, many gluten-free products contain more sugar (to help bind the ingredients in the absence of sticky gluten proteins) than their standard counterparts. So, unless you’ve got a genuine medical reason not to eat it, gluten is your friend. The bread tastes better (trust us, we know a Celiac), and you’ll save money too.
Spicy Foods Cause Ulcers
We now know that most ulcers are caused by a bacterium, which can easily be treated with antibiotics. Unless you have ulcers triggered by medications due to excessive aspirin consumption. So, it’s a common myth that spicy food creates an ulcer. Not true. An ulcer is inflamed by spicy foods, so someone may feel it more after consuming spicy foods. But an ulcer certainly isn’t caused by a large curry meal or a chilli-fest Mexican night.
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