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.
Discover with Bemorepanda these unique habits of people from around the world.
Fork and spoon
In Thailand, a fork and spoon are served at the same time, but are not used in the same way that Europeans are used to. A device with cloves is needed solely to shift food into a spoon, and then send it to your mouth. Interestingly, Thais for a long time did not use cutlery at all. They appeared in houses only under King Mongkut in the 19th century, thanks to his policy of rapprochement with Europe. But despite the fact that more than a century has passed since that time, in some provinces they still eat in the old way - with their hands.
In China, at the table, it is customary to separate first the upper layer, then the skeleton, and only after it is taken for the lower layer. There is an ancient belief: if you turn the fish over, the boat will turn over the same way during the next fishing. And there’s nothing that they don’t swim in the sea on boats, everyone drives cars! Who knows, suddenly the belief extends to land transport? Observe the sign, of course, not all, but it is.
Steak, salad, pizza, sandwich, french fries ... Do you know what combines these dishes in Chile? That they are accepted to eat with a knife and fork. Hands - no, no! In this country, etiquette rules are far more formal than in other South American countries. Therefore, if you decide to run into a catering establishment to have a sandwich, do not be surprised to see people digging with knives and forks. Of course, no one will forbid you to take a sandwich in your hands. However, remember that you run the risk of not only earning the sidelong glances of other visitors, but also bling yourself. Huge sandwiches with pieces of meat, tomatoes, lettuce and other fillings, generously flavored with mayonnaise, are not so easy to eat with your hands.
In Brazilian restaurants where they cook on the grill - you need to be in control so as not to die from gluttony with an empty wallet in your pocket. The waiter will bring you new dishes until the token that is on your table is turned green side up. If you turn it over to the red side, the waiter will understand that you need a gastronomic timeout.
Tea on the bottom
Weekly tea leaves - a terrible dream of a steppe inhabitant. Only sachets can be worse. Tea in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan is more than just a drink. Any meal is opened and completed by them, they are greeted by guests, during the day and in between meals, it can be served separately, and every time you make it fresh. And if you came to visit and were given a bowl, in which a little less than half is poured, do not think that the owner is greedy. During the conversation, the guest will be able to drink hot tea and not burn. So tea on the bottom is a concern. But a full bowl, on the contrary, means that you should not linger.
Coffee - stop
Coffee in the Middle Eastern countries is always prepared by the owner. He pours the first cup for himself, “for the test”, the second for the most respected member of the company, then pours the drink to the other guests. Refusing coffee means offending the owner. And not to offer the guest a cup - to challenge the newcomer. It is customary to drink coffee slowly, periodically with a glass of cold water, since by tradition it is made very strong and without sugar. Keep in mind: while you serve the owner an empty cup, he will pour it into it. But to refuse, as you remember, is not accepted. There are only two ways to stop the process and not offend anyone: by turning the cup over or gently shaking it from side to side.
The popularity of restaurants can be judged not by TripAdvisor reviews, but by ... garbage underfoot. Just think, the glass fell! Do not lift it? Papers, plastic spoons, napkins, sugar bags - all this never prevented the Spaniards from enjoying a cup of coffee. The sign "the more garbage, the more popular the place" has worked and will always work. It is interesting that in ciderries - bars specializing in cider bottling - you can also find traces of a branded drink on the floor, since it is customary to pour its remains into special holes in the floor, and simply onto asphalt. Be careful not to fall!