10 Myths about Foods
1. Does chocolate really help with PMS?
When PMS strikes, women reach for chocolate.
Chocolate really does ease PMS symptoms, such as anxiety, anger, mental fogginess or temporary sadness.
The texture and taste of chocolate get the ball rolling, but chocolate suppresses feelings of fatigue and irritation, sometimes for several hours.
Chocolate also contains trace minerals, including magnesium, which can become depleted during menstruation.
Chocolate has the ability to set off mood-altering chemicals, like serotonin, in the brain. Serotonin is often low in the week before a period.
Chocolate and carbs combination like chocolate brownies, the brain's serotonin levels soared.
2. No. 40 Causes ADHD in ChildrenDye No. 40, also known as Allura red, is the most prevalent dye used in food manufacturing in the United States.
Used in nacho-flavored chips, pastries, fresh-cut meat and breakfast cereal, marshmallows and vanilla snack cakes, may have Dye No. 40 or Red 40.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed 35 years of scientific studies and affirmed that color additives don't cause ADHD, though they may increase hyperactivity in some children who already have it. In 2011, the FDA met to discuss the matter again and concluded there was still insufficient evidence of a link between food dyes and ADHD, though they did call for more research.
3. You Need Eight Glasses of Water a Day
Is chugging eight glasses of water a day really good advice? It all depends on your activity level and age, and the climate where you live.
Truth is "eight glasses of water a day" isn't a hard-and-fast guideline for minimum hydration.
What you really need to focus on is whether you are replacing the fluids you lose through sweating and urinating. For example, if you spend your lunch breaks running a 5K instead of sitting at your desk, you'll need to drink more water throughout the day.
4. Sugar Makes Children Act Out
For many parents, it makes perfect sense. Give your kid a cupcake (or two) and in about 15 minutes, you can watch them bounce off the walls.
In fact, experts say scientific studies do not show any link between the food that's ingested and behavior.
Children are hyped up because of the circumstances surrounding the snack, not the snack itself. When a child eats candy and becomes excitable at a party, it's the party and not the candy that is the cause.
5. Organic Food Is More Nutritious
Organic food can be expensive, sometimes costing nearly twice as much as their non-organic counterparts.
Not when it comes to nutrition. Mineral for mineral, vitamin for vitamin and protein for protein, organic foods stack up just the same as non-organic foods.
In 2012, researchers at Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System reviewed more than 200 studies comparing nutritional levels in organic and conventional foods, as well as the health of people who ate both types. What they found is that plant and animal foods have the same amount of vitamins, no matter how they're grown. The only possible exception resides in the dairy section, where organic milk, cheese and yogurt were sometimes reported to have elevated omega-3 levels.
With Organic food you won't be as likely to ingest antibiotic-resistant bacteria or pesticides because of the animal-raising and produce-growing methods.
One study detected pesticide levels on about 1/3 of the non-organic produce tested, as opposed to 7% of the organic produce examined. However, even conventional foods rarely exceeded the U.S. government's allowable level of pesticides.
6. Late-night Snacks Make You Gain Weight
Cookies before bed, sandwiches at midnight, a handful of chips when you come home after a party. But does eating late really cause weight gain?
The body's metabolism never stops working, even during sleep.
As for calories, they have the same effect whether you eat them at noon or midnight. If you eat too many calories you'll gain weight, no matter what time of day you eat them.
7. Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart
The widespread thinking that Eggs contain cholesterol; cholesterol clogs arteries and contributes to heart disease. Therefore, egg consumption equals heart attacks.
Not so, say researchers. While high cholesterol does indeed contribute to heart disease, there isn't a direct link between eating eggs and poor heart health.
About 75% of the cholesterol released into the bloodstream is produced by the liver after it processes foods that are high in saturated fat, not foods that contain cholesterol.
One egg contains about 200 mgs of cholesterol.
In fact, some cholesterol is important for keeping cell walls strong and manufacturing vitamin D.
8. Brightly Coloured Vegetables Are Better
The brighter, more vibrantly colored the foods, the better they are for you -- especially when it comes to vegetables.
While it's true that vibrant vegetables like kale contain greater levels of vitamin K and other nutrients than their paler counterparts, like iceberg lettuce, it isn't a hard-and-fast rule.
Many pigment-challenged vegetables get a bad rap. The truth is some phytochemicals that make vibrant vegetables good for you are also present in pale or white vegetables because some phytochemicals are colourless.
Celery, for example, is so well known for its soft and soothing color but don't assume this understated veggie is a weakling when it comes to nutrition. Celery is a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, calcium, and phthalates that can lower blood pressure.
Cabbage is another pale vegetable that can hold its own against bell peppers and green beans. Cabbage is high in vitamin C and has been connected to a lower cancer risk.
Onions, which are rich in compounds that help prevent heart disease.
Cauliflower, despite its lack of color, has lots of isothiocyanates, indoles and vitamin C to help fight cancer.
9. Six Small Meals Are Better Than Three Big Ones
Six small meals are better for you than three big ones -- especially if you're trying to lose weight. The "six small meals" method of dropping pounds is based on the idea that by eating more frequently throughout the day, you'll boost your metabolism and burn more calories.
Eating smaller meals mean you'll never feel hungry, which makes it easier to control the urge to overeat (or eat all the wrong things).
10. Olive Oil Is Good for YouIt's better to use olive oil instead of other oils, but it should always be in moderation.
While it's true the high content of monounsaturated fats in olive oil is better for your body than saturated fats from animal-derived products like butter, olive oil is not necessarily heart-healthy.
The clue is right there in the name: oil. Oil, even the kind that's pressed from olives, is still fat. 14g of fat per tablespoon, in fact. And fat is rarely, if ever, good for your arteries.
Like other oils, olive oil has 120 calories per tablespoon.
Plus, if olive oil is heated to more than 205 degrees C some of its fat molecules can transform into trans fats, and those are definitely not good for your heart.