Today, healthy eating has taken foodie culture by storm. Magazines dedicated to the gluten free and Paleo diets are displayed prominently in our supermarket checkout line. Plant based diets are on the rise and more restaurants — from quick eats to fine dining — are including fresher, healthier options. Even McDonald’s has tested adding meals to its menu that contain egg whites, kale and Greek yogurt. With the proliferation of healthy food, it’s also important to decipher what is fact and fiction. We’ve decided to get to the bottom of a few mood myths that many of us believe to be true about the foods we eat. Here’s what we found.
Food Myths Explained
- Milk makes you grow taller. Don’t you remember the eye-catching and popular got milk? ads? According to a Modern Farmer article, the science isn’t clear whether dairy milk really does help kids’ growth. This doesn’t mean to skip out on the nutritious beverage — it contains significant amounts of calcium, VitaminsB1, and magnesium, which are essential for a well-balanced diet.
Eating carrots helps your eyesight. In short, the answer is sort of. The bright root veggie contains beta-carotene, the pigment that gives carrots their orange color. The body then uses it to make Vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy vision. But in Scientific American, Emily Chew, deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute, suggests eating leafy green vegetables. Why? They contain lutein and zeaxanthin which protect against UV damage and help thwart age-related macular degeneration (which beta-carotene cannot.) Our Living Watercress, in fact, contains lutein and zeaxanthin!
- All Fat is bad for you. Knowing the difference between “good” and “bad” fat is important. Foods like nuts, salmon, olive oil and avocados contain unsaturated fat, which can actually decrease your risk of heart disease. Red meat, fried foods and palm oil, on the other hand, contain saturated and trans fats, and should be limited in a healthy diet to avoid high cholesterol, among other health issues.
- Carbs are the enemy. “Science makes the answer pretty clear: no. While bread, pasta and sugar are hard-to-resist sources of calories without much in the way of nutrition, other carbohydrate-heavy foods — whole grains, legumes and fruit — are nutrient-rich,” writes The Washington Post.
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