Delves into Four Food Myths

 

A tall glass of milk
Photo: Krzysztof Puszczyński

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

  1. 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.
  2. Orange carrots lay on a wood table
    Photo: Jonathan Pielmayer

    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!

  3. 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.
  1. 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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8 Reasons to Eat Our Living Greens

 

Eight reasons to eat our Living Greens. Hollandia Produce varieties are brightly displayed.You’ve probably heard eating your greens, like our Living greens, is good for your waistband, but did you know they provide a number of health benefits? According to the USDA, “Because of their high content of antioxidants, green leafy vegetables may be one of the best cancer-preventing foods… [And] these same antioxidants have also been proven to decrease the risk of heart disease.” 

Here at Hollandia Produce, our Living greens not only provide essential vitamins and antioxidants but they’re rooted in freshness and alive with flavor. Need more convincing?

Here are eight reasons to eat our Living greens.

  1. They have ample amounts of vitamins and minerals. Watercress and Upland Cress have as much vitamin C as an orange and more calcium than milk. Romaine Lettuce has more vitamin A than a carrot, and Butter Lettuce contains significant amounts of Vitamin K.
  1. Watercress helps the body recover from exercise-related oxidative stress. A study found that subjects who consumed watercress daily before working out, experienced less DNA damage than their non-consuming watercress counterparts.
  1. They keep your stress levels down. Researcher Joe Hibbeln says in a NPR article about stress and diet , “omega-3s [can help] make your stress system more flexible.” By consuming a head of Romaine lettuce, like our Living Baby Romaine, you’ll receive an ample amount of your recommended daily amount of Omega-3 essential fats
  1. They’re a great low-carb option. Use Living Butter Lettuce in place of sandwich bread, taco shells and wraps.
  1. Cress protects your eyes and skin. In addition to its vitamin A and C power, Watercress and Upland Cress contain lutein — an antioxidant found most notably in dark green leafy vegetables that supports eye health and vision. 
  1. Our Hydroponic growing system uses less water than conventional farming. It recycles water while limiting water loss due to evaporation. Moreover, our method produces nearly four times the yield per acre while using up to 84% less water than if our lettuce were field-grown (exact figures depend upon the region, soil structure, time of year and irrigation method used).
  1. They’re versatile! Add them to a diverse array of dishes, including trendy Acai bowls, grain bowls, juices and more.
  1. They’re the freshest greens you can buy. Living Baby Romaine, Butter Lettuce, Watercress and Upland Cress are sold with their roots attached to preserve maximum freshness.