7 food myths that must be demolished
We are surrounded by new, fashionable diets, tips and "innovative" secrets to miraculously normalize the results of analyzes and culinary myths with tradition, so it is sometimes difficult to discern the truth from old stories. That's why we decided to put together 10 common food myths, which you have probably heard over time and which we demolish in the article and infographic below.
1. Children should drink cow's milk to have strong bones.
Parents who are sure that without cow's milk in their diet will not have strong bones and will not develop properly. On the one hand, milk contains protein, calcium and Vitamin D, but children can take these nutrients from other sources (kale, soy, beans, figs, broccoli, oranges, nuts, eggs, sardines). On the other hand, whole milk has a high level of saturated fat, and a child who drinks milk all day will be full and will not eat other foods he needs (especially if he is fussy at the table).
2. Fruit / vegetable juice is extremely healthy.
Although they are obtained from fruits and vegetables, natural juices are not the best choice: they lack the fibers contained in the whole product, becoming - practically - a portion of sugars and calories ingested and assimilated almost instantly. A glass of juice will not fill your stomach like a portion of vegetables or fruits and will make you eat more later, to feel full. A weight loss diet focused only on natural juices, squeezed by you at home, will deprive you of the balance of nutrients and calories needed daily by your body, and commercial juices can be full of added sugar, so you better hydrate with water and eat a apple / carrot!
3. Fish is full only of good fats for health.
Fish actually contains up to 30% Omega-3 fats (which prevent blood clots and reduce inflammation) and 70% a mixture of saturated fats (which tend to raise cholesterol) and other types of fats (which are practically , empty calories). These percentages differ depending on the fish.
4. Walnuts are just as harmful as candy.
Walnuts (classic, cashew, macadamia, Brazilian, pecan, pistachio, almond, hazelnut and earth) contain enough kcal, but if you eat only a handful at a time, it's not a problem: besides the caloric intake, walnuts are a Excellent source of protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
5. "Athletes need a lot of protein"
Most Western diets provide the daily protein requirement even for athletes. The real secret that helps athletes have energy is calories, intense training and snacks that contain carbohydrates and protein.
6. "Too much sugar causes diabetes"
If you do not have diabetes, eating sugar will not cause you this disease. Instead, what can affect you is obesity and inactivity.
7. "Carbohydrates make us fat"
Stop falling prey to this myth, not all carbohydrates are harmful to the body.
But why do people on low-carb diets manage to lose weight? Well, most of these diets also include a calorie restriction. Thus, in reality, the caloric restriction in such a diet is what helps us lose extra pounds.
So, at the end, be informed and take care of your health, in a correct way.
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1. High-fat foods add extra pounds to the scales
Fake! It depends on the type of fat consumed. Fats in chips, cookies and oily foods increase cholesterol levels and, with it, the risk of more diseases. Good fats, however, those taken from nuts, avocado or salmon, for example, protect your heart and greatly improve your health. Consumed in a healthy lifestyle, these fats prevent you from gaining weight.
2. Avoid snacks between meals
Fake! Small portions, consumed between meals, are the best way to overcome hunger. All you have to do is reduce your portions and opt for healthy foods. Walnuts, fruits and natural yogurts will provide you with energy for a whole day.
3. All calories are the same
Fake! The type of calories and their quality can influence the effect on the body. Food gives rise to various reactions in our bodies, so the type of food is an extremely important factor in the diet. For example, the 50 calories in an apple can give rise to completely different reactions from those in a cake. Nutrient-free calories - empty calories - are found, for example, in french fries.
4. Give up carbs
Fake! Carbohydrate studies are often misinterpreted. Indeed, if consumed in excess, refined carbohydrates (white bread and white rice) can cause weight gain over time and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. But there is no evidence that those healthy carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits and vegetables would affect health or influence weight gain.
5. Consume as much protein as possible
Fake! A diet based on high protein intake will not have spectacular results. In addition, she is not healthy. The body needs three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats. Focusing exclusively on protein is pointless. Not only will you drain your body of fiber and other antioxidants found in healthy carbohydrates - whole grains, fruits and vegetables - but there is also the risk of including too much fat in your diet, thus raising your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
6. Remove gluten from the diet
Fake! There is no evidence that gluten is a fattening ingredient. The danger is excessive consumption of refined grains - foods made from white flour or other refined grains. Moreover, removing gluten from the diet means a deficiency of fiber, iron, vitamin B12 and magnesium.
7. You burn more calories if you exercise on an empty stomach
Fake! Skipping the table before exercise can cause massive loss of muscle mass. Before you start exercising, eat a sweet fruit - banana, peach, mango. Contrary to appearances, a square of dark chocolate is recommended before going to the gym. It will increase your energy considerably!
8. Skip breakfast to be able to consume more calories for lunch and dinner
Fake! The tendency is to increase calorie intake at lunch and in the evening, when the body's activity begins to decrease. In most cases, excessive consumption is installed in the late hours, due to the low calories in the morning portion. In fact, the most spectacular weight loss was recorded in subjects who ate a hearty but healthy breakfast.
9. Eat the egg white, throw the yolk
Fake! According to recent studies, egg yolk ensures the increase of good cholesterol. Compared to egg white, which provides only protein, egg yolk contains carotenoids, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E, D, K. In other words, eggs are the perfect food. However, limit consumption to a maximum of 4 per week.
10. You burn more calories if you eat raw food
Fake! Although many foods are healthier when eaten raw, this does not have to be the rule in all cases. Many studies show that when cooked, food changes its nutritional values.
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Probably during this time many of us have done online shopping or ordered more food at home, and since we cannot go to the physical stores or restaurants to take our order, the only solution is to have the package delivered by courier.
But what happens to all the packaging in which the products we order during this period are placed? Should we disinfect each one as we do with different surfaces or with food? In this regard, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control has an answer for us. It states that there is a very low risk that the new coronavirus will spread in packages that have been shipped over several days.
At the same time, the World Health Organization also found that it is highly unlikely that a package will be contaminated after being exposed to different conditions, and therefore the risk of a person becoming infected with coronavirus after it has reached its packaging iis low.
But what happens to packages that arrive on the same day the order is placed, such as those from the services that deliver food? According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is so far no evidence that the virus would be transmitted through food or packaging.
Also, the World Health Organization says that the risk of food contamination up to the shelves of stores is quite low.
Several weeks ago, studies by specialists found that the new coronavirus can withstand plastic and steel for up to 72 hours, on paper and glass between 4 and 5 days, on wood 4 days, and on cardboard up to 24 hours.
However, it does not hurt to take some precautionary measures. One of the tips often given is to pay attention to hygiene, and in this sense we must wash our hands at least 20 seconds after touching the different packages. When we come in contact with a courier who delivers these packages to us at home, it is advisable to wear a mask, but also protective gloves.