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4 Food Myths Debunked

The Truth Will Set You Free

As more people are becoming health conscious, the number of food myths that going around the mill seem to be multiplying. Admit it—we’ve all heard some well-intentioned food advice from a friend of a friend that turned out to be not so true. Our parents may have even passed down some food myths they heard back in the days. So how do you cut through the fog of confusion?

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common food myths to set the record straight.

1. Fat Is Bad for You

If you don’t want to get fat, then don’t eat fat. Right? This statement is definitely not 100% true, but there’s a kernel of truth to it. There are many kinds of fat that we get from our food and some fats are just better than others.

Below are the different kinds of fats from food:

  • Monounsaturated fats – This is one of the healthy fats. If you have been wondering about the sudden boom of olive oils or canola oils, this fat is the reason behind it.
  • Polyunsaturated fats – This is another kind of healthy fat. If you’ve been hearing about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, then you may be familiar with this fat.
  • Saturated fats – Common sources include red meat and dairy. A certain amount of this fat is good for your health. Just make sure to keep it at a minimum.
  • Trans fats – Unnatural, industrial-made fat from processed foods. This fat has no known health benefits and should be avoided at all cost.

For years, saturated fats have been put in a bad light with a claim that they increase the risk of heart disease. But there is actually no sufficient scientific evidence to support this claim.

2. Eggs Are High in Cholesterol

If you’ve been tossing out your egg yolks for years, then you may have probably heard that eggs are bad for the heart because of its high cholesterol. It has recently been proven, however, that eggs have almost no effect on our blood cholesterol levels. In fact, eggs are a good source of high-quality protein, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Isn’t that egg-citing?

3. Fat-Free & Low-Fat Foods Are Better

This may be one of the hardest myths to debunk, but fat-free or low-fat foods are not actually better or healthier than the regular versions. When the food is labeled fat-free or low-fat, food manufacturers remove the natural fats that are responsible for flavor. This will then be replaced with artificial ingredients and chemicals to make up for the loss in taste. You may have avoided a few calories but at the expense of ingesting questionable chemicals in your body.

4. Frozen Fruits & Veggies Have Fewer Nutrients

There is nothing like the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables, but if you think that frozen fruits and veggies have fewer nutrients than the fresh harvest, then you have been a victim of another food myth. Unlike their fresh counterparts who continue to lose some of their nutrients as they travel from farm to markets, frozen fruits and veggies are immediately preserved after harvest, which locks in most of their nutrients.

These are just a few of the many food myths that have continued to propagate throughout society. We hope that we’ve helped you find better food choices by dispelling the most common ones. Just remember that the next time you hear another food myth, make sure that you do the research or consult the professionals.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.