10 Food Myths—Busted!

Karishma Govil , 04 Sep 2018
Myths And Reality (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Myths And Reality (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

We have certain thoughts about what we should eat, what exercises we should do, and what kind of lifestyle we must lead. There are many things people will tell you about eating certain foods and staying away from others. But there are also many myths that we are unsure of and we adhere to without knowing the facts. Here are a few food myths that we’re about to bust for you. So, let’s get right to it.

Myth 1: Apples & Bananas Turn Brown Because Of Iron

These fruits do not turn brown because of the iron, but because of oxidation. Apples and bananas contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase (PPO) and when that is exposed to oxygen, it tends to turn brown.

Myth 2: A Glass Of Wine Daily Is Good For Health

While red wine is good for the heart because it’s good for our blood flow, it’s definitely not advisable to drink every day. Excess alcohol could cause liver damage, headaches and more.

Pouring Wine (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Pouring Wine (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Myth 3: Carbs Are Bad

Carbohydrates power the body by energising it. Especially complex carbs contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that should be a part of your diet.

Myth 4: Consume 8 Glasses Of Water To Stay Healthy

Water is extremely essential for the body and it is very important to stay hydrated. However, the amount of water consumed totally depends from body to body. Some might need only 8 glasses, but others might need more depending on the number of exercises and tasks through the day.

Myth 5: Salads Are Healthy

While most salads are healthy, a lot of them contain dressings that have unhealthy and fatty ingredients like sugar, cheese and mayo.

Salad And Juice (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Salad And Juice (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Myth 6: Eating Healthy Is Expensive

While salads are more expensive than street food like vada pav, it is still affordable to buy fresh veggies from the market and cook your own meals.

Myth 7: Eating After Workouts Makes Exercising Useless

A lot of people say that eating after a workout decrease the benefits of the workout. However, that isn’t true. When you workout, your muscles tend to tear and eating a healthy meal could help repair the muscles faster.

Myth 8: 5-Second Rule

This is never true. The 5-second rule suggests that if you drop any food on the floor, the germs won’t stick to the food if you pick it up within 5 seconds. However, no matter how clean the floor is, the food is bound to catch germs from the floor.

Myth 9: Brown Bread Is Made Of Whole Wheat

Most brown bread brands claim to be made of wheat but actually are coloured brown artificially. Read the labels of these bread brands before buying.

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Myth 10: Losing Weight Is All About Calories

While it’s important to count your calories when you eat, weight loss is not only about that. Weight loss is also about fat loss that can be caused even if you consume fewer calories. Exercise more to balance it out. For example, if you consume only cakes and chocolates in fewer amounts to cut calories, you’re still gonna put on weight.

So, the next time someone tells you to eat or avoid something, make sure to check the facts before you act on it.

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