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