Are those nasty little food myths you’ve been hearing holding you back from enjoying the foods you really like? Let’s see if we can sort out some of these food facts from these food fictions.
1. White chocolate is chocolate
It turns out the creamy oh-so-sweet white chocolate is in fact not actually chocolate! It only contains cocoa butter not actual cocoa, which means it doesn’t reap the same benefits as chocolate does: such as the anti-ageing antioxidants (besides tasting super delicious!)
Verdict: BUSTED! White chocolate is NOT real chocolate.
2. Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than frozen fruits and vegetables.
Surprisingly frozen produce is on par with fresh produce or even more nutritious than fresh vegetables and fruits if it was bought fresh but left in the fridge. Frozen produce are actually flash frozen right after harvest which means that all the vitamins and minerals are retained.
This prevents letting it age through time and the damage it takes through transport that could cause the nutrients to denature. However, it is also important to realise than when vegetables/fruits are in-season, buy them fresh and ripe. “Off-season,” frozen veggies and fruits will give you a high concentration of nutrients.
Verdict: BUSTED! Frozen Vegetables are just as nutritious or even more nutritious than fresh store produce. Lets not forget that frozen foods is significantly cheaper as well! (win win)
3. Eggs are bad for you
Yes, you’ve all heard the stories of how eggs are filled with cholesterol. But with our society’s increased understanding of how the body works, it turns out if we eat foods high in cholesterol our body will react by producing less of it. So basically, it’s the fats that you eat that affect blood cholesterol level rather than the cholesterol you take in.
Verdict: BUSTED! Continue eating this protein-filled food. Its definitely more rewarding than damaging.
4. Bread should be left in the fridge
Has your bread been getting stale? Tried to slow that process down by putting your bread in the fridge? I bet you didn’t know that you were actually quickening the staling of your bread by putting bread in the fridge. In a cool environment the water and starch in the bread separate, making your bread hard and hence stale. Best way to preserve your bread is to keep it sealed at room temperature.
Verdict: BUSTED! Although putting bread in the fridge makes it more stale and hard, you can fix this up throwing it in the toaster as it reverses the process to some degree.
5. You need to consume 2-3 litres of water per day.
Water and staying hydrated is extremely important to day to day activities. But thinking about it, 3 Litres of water a day seems a little bit extreme right? This is in fact: correct! The common mindset is that the more water you drink, the better but in reality we do consume a lot of water through the foods we eat. So in reality, drinking water alone we probably only need half of the 3 Litres.
Verdict: BUSTED! Always remember to hydrate, but yes 3 Litres of water alone a day is more than enough. Be aware of water intoxication though!