Common Food Related Myths Debunked
People today are more health conscious than the earlier generations because of awareness about various things. But there are many things related to the food we eat that most of the people think are true but actually they are nothing more than myths. Here are few food related myths that are needed to be debunked.
Eggs are Unhealthy
The egg has a very bad reputation of being unhealthy especially the yolk as it contains cholesterol but recent studies have shown that eggs are quite beneficial for health in many ways.
As people are growing health-conscious nowadays, many avoid eggs in their diet because it contains cholesterol but it’s harmful only for those who already have high cholesterol. Besides egg is quite rich a various nutrients beneficial for our health. Eggs contain riboflavin, folate, and vitamins D and B12 which help in preventing the risk of heart disease. It also contains protein and amino acids which are beneficial for our health and helps in weight control, keeping blood pressure in check, improve the immune system, and bone health.
Brown Rice is Healthier than White Rice
Most of the people believe that white rice is not as healthy as brown rice but actually white rice is as healthy or unhealthy as brown rice.
White rice is not considered as healthy as brown or black rice as unlike these two, white rice contains a very minimal amount of dietary fibre, and it contains carbohydrates. But white rice is quite rich in phytonutrients such as manganese, thiamine (vitamin B1), niacin, manganese, vitamin B6, selenium, vitamin B6, copper, and phosphorous. These phytonutrients are very beneficial for our health. White rice also contains antioxidants and it’s easy to digest and it’s the reason it is advised to eat simple curd and rice or dal (lentil) and rice while suffering from an upset stomach.
Bananas are Not Good for Health
Bananas are considered unhealthy because it contains carbohydrates and is sweet but except for diabetics, bananas are quite healthy.
Bananas are a rich source of fibre and antioxidants which help in fighting free radicals. Bananas also contain potassium, magnesium, copper along with vitamin B6 and C manganese, C which are helpful in dealing with heart-related issues if taken moderately. The sugars present in bananas are natural glucose, fructose, and sucrose and it’s easier to digest as compared to other sweet items like cake or desserts. High in pectin, bananas also help to control blood sugar levels as it’s rich in pectin.
Raw carrots are more nutritious than cooked ones
It’s a myth that eating raw carrots is more beneficial to health as compared to cooked carrots but in reality it’s the other way around.
You might have noticed that many people prefer raw carrots as compared to cooked carrots as it’s a normal belief that raw carrots are quite nutritious but the truth is the complete opposite. In fact, cooked carrots increase their nutritional value as it breaks down the hard cellular walls that provide the body better access to inherent beta-carotene and allow the body to generate more Vitamin A.