Food Fallacies Debunked

Do you really know how and what they're cooked with ? (photo credit from http://www.facenfacts.com/)

Just because a lot of people say that some things are bad for you doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. Truth of the matter is, some of them are actually untrue. Or there’s more to it. What are those, you say? Read on, my friends, and you might find that food served in front of you in a completely, different light:

Fried food are the enemy. A common generalization is that fried foods are unhealthy because they tend to be very high in fat and calories, but truth is, not all fried foods are bad. Fried foods can be healthy, too, when cooked and done in the right way.   To enjoy fried foods, fry them at  375 degrees fahrenheit for a few minutes to push the food’s moisture to the surface, creating a barrier that minimizes oil absorption. How will you know if  the oil in the pan has reached that temperature? Flick a tiny droplet of water into it (stand well back) it it crackles, the oil is too cold. If it explodes, the oil is just about right for healthy frying. Try not to cook  the food at low temperature because this will increase fat absorption.

Do you really know how and what they’re cooked with ? (photo credit from http://www.facenfacts.com/)

To filter the excess oil after cooking, placed the food on top of paper towels on a plate. What probably gave the notion that fried food can be bad for you are the fried, fatty food you buy from fast food chains and restaurants.Some restaurants use also partially hydrogenated oil (processed oil which makes the oil more stable and has longer shelf life) as a cost saving measure. Cooks can reheat and reuse partially hydrogenated oil many times, meaning they can fry more food with less oil. This is the type of oil that actually has negative health effects. Some partially hydrogenated oil also contains trans fats and consumption of such could lead to heart disease.  Trouble is, you don’t know how your food is fried and you don’t know if the oil is reused. So if you’re not eat fatty, fried food, make sure that they come from your own kitchen.

Sugar is bad for you. Good sugar, bad sugar. Which is which? So many people (initially, it was the old ones, and now even the young ones, too) are opting for the sugarfree, unsweetened, less sweet alternative of everything. You don’t want to eat so much sweets because they’re fattening and that they’d just give you a stubborn sugar rush. That could be true. But there’s the good sugar, too.

“Good” sugar is found in whole foods like fruits and vegetables because it’s bundled with fluid, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One cup of cherries contains about 17 grams of sugar and a cup of chopped carrots 6 grams, and both are so brimming of nutrients(and good taste to boot) that it would actually be unhealthy to banish them.  How do you know if it’s good sugar? Simple. It’s made by mother nature. If it had to be processed (the refined type that sweetens sodas, baked goodies and candies, they’e probably the bad ones.

Red wine is the only healthy alcoholic drink there is.  False. All alcoholic drinks have the same properties that are good for your health. True, red wine contains antioxidants and resveratrol.  But aside from the fact that other alcoholic beverage also contain these two famous health components, other alcoholic drinks  (beer included) contains ethanol  that protects against build up in the arteries and also provides protective HDL (good cholesterol) which helps reduce clotting, heart diseases, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. So, it would matter which type of alcohol you’ll drink –  you can drink beer, mixed cocktails or wine. The key is to drink moderately – which mean one or two glasses  in a day.

Coffee contributes to so many diseases. For a time it was thought to be cancerous when it got linked in 1970s to cause cysts in the breast and when another study in 1981 linked it to increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

However, recent researches show that there is no direct link  between cancer and coffee.In fact, coffee has an opposte effect. Coffee is so rich in antioxidants that it could protect against free radicals. It is accounted for 24 percent reduction in the risk for colon cancer among regular coffee drinkers. It was also noted  that coffee aids in the prevention  of other ailments like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. A lot has also been said about coffee’s positive effect on weight loss; its analgesic and cardio-protective properties. That and of course, what coffee is most famous for – it increases our alertness by stimulating our nervous system.

Don’t just go with the flow about what’s bad or not. You have just to be a smart eater (or cook) to be able to enjoy eating, reap it benefits and not just its deadly side effects.

 

Web References:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/food-myths-debunked-fried-foods-are-too-fatty-and-unhealthy.html#b

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-hydrogenated-oil.htm

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Can-Sugar-Be-Good-For-You?&id=2620932

http://wellbody.net/2012/07/26/when-is-coffee-bad-for-you/

http://wellbody.net/2012/04/23/why-moderate-consumption-of-beer-can-be-good-for-you/