5 food myths, de-mythed!

Let’s shout it out loud. We do not believe in Myths and we never will! And what better occasion to bust myths than woman’s day, a creature about whom a million myths exist and which she breaks every day. A tribute to woman hood, this is about breaking free from myths and mythical minds. Ancient mythical minds!

1. Fat free = Calorie free: What? No! Fat is in no way related to calories. And this gives one no license to eat it like wild hogs! Fat free foods do have calories and extra large servings can actually make you end up with consuming more calories than regular food. To top, to make fat free food, tastier (read: edible) extra sugar, flour or starch thickeners are added that are full of calories. Fat free is not equal to calorie free. Check, check!

2. No couch for potatoes: Do not have a place for potatoes in your life? Tell you what. Make way for some. Because, recent studies reveal that potatoes are an excellent source of high quality protein that if consumed regularly contributes to our dietary fiber intake. They also have important minerals and trace elements such as phosphorus and iron. Also, it is about how you prepare them and not the poor vegetable alone.

3. Carbohydrates make you gain weight: No, it doesn’t, unless it is contributing to an excess calorie intake. And you’ll be surprised that the same holds true for both fats and proteins. According to the National Weight Control Registry, weight and body watchers consume food that’s rich in carbohydrate and low in fat content. The problem with carbohydrate is, if you over eat food that is high in carbohydrate and low in protein, you tend to get hungry sooner, resulting to overeating and more calorie intake.

4. The grape fruit dilemma:  A diet that calls for half a grape fruit before every meal; the reason behind is to reap the potential of its fat burning enzymes. It works. But the reason it quite contrary to the claim. The chemical properties in a grape fruit aids to a reduced insulin level that encourages weight loss. So, works!

5. Processed food Vs Fresh Food: Depends. Yes, depends on what you are having. While fresh fruits have no alternatives, processed and frozen vegetables can actually have more minerals and nutrients than fresh vegetables. The theory behind this is while a vegetable is processed within two to three hours of its produce, with practically no loss in its food value, fresh vegetables can take almost a week to reach you, with very little nutrient left. To top, with the health food spur in vogue, these days, vegetables and foods are also intentionally packed and processed with essential minerals and vitamins that are necessary for us and often goes often missing in the fresh produce, that might also have a trace of pesticide and insecticide.

Have a grape fruit and maybe a potato too. Next time, before blind believing and giving up on your favorite mashed potato or white rice, check twice!

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