Remember all those times your grandmother told you to drink this particular concoction of God-knows-what because it helped her dear old kumare live to be 100 years old? Or when this “doctor,” who graduated from a University you've never heard of, claimed he found the miracle ingredient to curing whatever illnesses you are going through? Point is, just about anywhere, everyone’s got the "miracle cure" or "secret formula" that may or may not be true.
Whether they come from a “proven” source or it’s just passed around by gullible folks, these myths can be mighty hard to ignore. We all want to stay healthy, but how do we separate scientifically-proven truths from make-believe hearsays? Well, to get you started on that, we’ve researched some of the most common food myths to help you figure it out next time some pakialamera has something to say about your lunch.
1. “Chocolate is a ‘sometimes’ food”
Thank God, you can actually eat as much chocolate as you want. Of course, there’s a huge “BUT!” So, here goes—but, it all depends on the type of chocolate you’re eating.
If you’re planning on going through an entire block of caramel-filled milk chocolate every night before you sleep, obviously, that’s not a very good idea. But good quality chocolate like cacao powder and nibs can be more than just a sweet treat. See, the antioxidants and flavanols in good choco can have heart-health benefits. It’s the sugar and milk solids added to flavorless cocoa butter that causes all the health problems we hear all the time. Remember: the higher the percentage of cacao (at least 60%), the better.
2. “Eggs are serial killers”
Eggs = heart problems = cardiac arrest = six feet under. This. Is. FALSE. Not only are eggs okay to be eaten daily but regularly having them is linked to better dietary habits overall. This may be because of the increased protein we get from them, which means fewer hunger pangs, which means less snacking. Followed that?
Researchers say that it’s safe for us to eat six or seven eggs a week. But, if you’re a bodybuilder who cracks ten into your protein shake, well, eggs might as well be spawns of Satan.
3. “Fruits make you fat”
Let’s get one thing clear here, fruits, generally, are good for you. Don’t we always hear from friends and families to “eat more fruits?” This wacky claim emerged from trending food “influencers” and many have already called bull.
Yes, certain fruit products like processed fruit juice or sweetened dried fruit are heavy on calories, but fresh fruits are another story. When we choose not to bother fruits by adding more sugar into them, squeezing the nutrients out, they are actually pretty high in fiber, potassium, and vitamins. So, go and get more!
4. “Bread is bad”
Again, there’s a HUGE difference between supermarket white bread and a gut-loving whole grain sourdough loaf. The next time you go for groceries, always try to look for whole grain, high-fiber bread. That’s what doctors recommend and obviously, their professional opinions matter. A slice or two of that will feed you just right.
5. “Superfood = healthy”
We recently talked about superfoods here on SPIN.ph, and though we may not be experts on the matter, we looked into some scientific researches about such food items, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Some, though, have utilized the word “superfood” as a marketing strategy. We can’t really control that, but we can be wiser about making decisions on whether or not we can trust the label on the products we buy. There’s nothing stopping companies from mixing a little bit of honey into a sodium-packed microwave dinner and stamping it with SUPERFOOD. Be on the lookout for those, and only trust pure, unprocessed items.