For centuries, various myths about food items and their consumption have been floating around in our families and social interactions. Here we have the truth behind some of the most common myths that we believed all these years.
Food Myth #1. White meat is healthier than dark meat
In truth, the number of calories that differ between white and dark meat is just about 30. Dark meat is found in the legs of flightless birds that they use to get around and it is dark due to the presence of myoglobin that helps store oxygen. Dark meat, also, has more iron, zinc, vitamins, et cetera than white meat.
Myth #2. Get rid of bacteria by washing raw meat before it is cooked
This is not a crucial fact since cooking will get rid of the bacteria and rinsing it will only contaminate your whole kitchen. So, it is recommended to skip the step of washing the meat.
Food Myth #3. Late night snacks lead to weight gain
Calories don’t differentiate whether it is light or dark outside and are the same no matter when you eat them. This myth probably came into existence to prevent the additional calories brought by midnight snacks which you wouldn’t have otherwise eaten.
Food Myth #4. Getting rid of gluten in your diet is beneficial for your health
Gluten is in truth healthy for you unless you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance in which case it could damage your small intestine. No health benefits have been found from omitting gluten in your diet.
Food Myth #5. Preservatives are deteriorative to health
Human beings have been using preservatives, both natural and artificial, to prevent the decay of food and prevent the bacterial attack. Some might be extra sensitive to preservatives and will need to reduce its amount in the food they consume. But for the rest of us, due to the safety guidelines prescribed for them, preservatives help in improving security and quality of our food.
Food Myth #6. Brown eggs are better than white eggs.
The colour of eggs is different because different types of chicken lay them. Apart from the nutrients the chickens consume, both kinds of eggs have the same quality and nutrient content.
Food Myth #7. Multigrain and Whole grain means the same
Multigrain means using multiple grains and whole grains is using the whole of a grain (as is evident from the terms), and no, these are not interchangeable terms. Multigrain items have a better texture and a unique flavor while whole grain ones have higher fiber and nutrient content. The decision to choose between the two is purely personal.
Food Myth #8. Microwaving reduces the nutrients in your food
This is a baseless myth since microwaving ensures retaining as much of vitamins and nutrients in your food as possible by using only a little water. The food is also steamed quickly, thus exposed to heat only for a little while.
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