Article 15: Food Myths

There are a lot of little facts we all know about various foods.  The things is, a lot of those “facts” aren’t really facts at all; they are myths.  Read on to learn what is and isn’t true about the foods we eat.

Carrot Growing

Carrot Growing

Carrots:  Carrots are more nutritious raw than cooked.

Myth:  Cooking breaks down the tough cellular wall of the carrot, releasing the beta-carotene they encase, thus making them more nutritious.

 

 

 

 

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

Chicken:  To reduce fat and calories, you should remove the skin before cooking.

Myth:  No matter how you cook chicken, removing the skin beforehand will get you dry chicken.  For a moist and tastier finished product, cook chicken with the skin on, and remove the skin before serving.

 

 

 

Egg with Yolk

Egg with Yolk

Eggs:  Eggs should be avoided because they are high in cholesterol.

Myth:  Studies proved that eggs do not contribute to high cholesterol.  Moreover, they are a cheap but excellent source of many essential vitamins and nutrients.

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Juice:  Drinking cranberry juice will cure a urinary tract infection.

Myth:  If you already have a UTI, cranberry juice is not going to work; antibiotics are the only cure.  However, drinking cranberry juice regularly can stop infections from happening in the first place.

 

 

 

 

Milk

Need Milk? Probably not…

Milk:  You shouldn’t drink milk when you have a cold.

Myth:  According to medical experts, milk does not increase mucus production, so there is absolutely no reason to stop drinking it when you have a cold or the flu.

 

 

 

Set amount of calories in fruit

Set amount of calories in fruit

Calories:  Calories consumed at night are more fattening than those consumed in the daytime (or vise versa).

Myth: A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.  Doesn’t matter when you consume them.

 

 

 

 

 

Basket of Eggs

Basket of Eggs

Eggs:  Brown eggs are more healthful than white.

Myth:  Shell color is determined to the color of the chicken.  Brown shells or white, all eggs taste the same, have the same amount of calories and nutrients.

 

 

 

Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes:  Potatoes are carbs and should be avoided.

Myth:  Potatoes are a starchy food, but they contain an enormous amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

 

 

 

References

Gelman, L. (n.d.). Eat healthier: 13 food myths you still think are true. rd.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://www.rd.com/slideshows/eat-healthier-food-myths-you-still-think-are-true/#slideshow=slide20

Hendley, J. (n.d.). The 13 biggest nutrition and food myths busted. eatingwell.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/the_13_biggest_nutrition_and_food_myths_busted

Taub-Dix, B. (2013, September 26). Examining food myths and facts. health.usnews.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/26/examining-food-myths-and-facts

Smith, D.  (n.d.). Carrots Growing. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://www.123rf.com/photo_6790637_organic-carrots-growing-in-rich-dark-dirt.html

Amy. (n.d.). Orange Chicken. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://mystoryinrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/05/orange-chicken.html

Florentina. (2013, February 1). Eggs with yolk. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://istanbul-gtug.org/

Cranberry Juice. (n.d.). [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://www.copywriter-yastrebova.com/%D0%BA%D0%BB%D1%8E%D0%BA%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B5-%D1%87%D1%83%D0%B4%D0%BE-%D0%BC%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%8F%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B5/

Romm, A. (2013, July 16). Need milk? probably not…. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://avivaromm.com/need-milk-probably-not

Yurkina, A. (2012, September 5). Set amount of calories in fruit. [Digital Image]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://depositphotos.com/12570836/stock-illustration-Set-amount-calories-in-fruit-on-white.html

Basket of eggs. (n.d.). [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://jillsbooks.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/an-unconventional-cook/brown-eggs-512×384-2179/

Wikimedia commons. (n.d.). Potatoes. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 4, 2013 from http://groundcherry.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/stuffed-baked-potatoes/

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