Top 5 Nutrition Myths Busted
There are so many myths associated with food and cooking practices. Here I am presenting the top 5 nutrition myths and the truth behind them. Find top 5 nutrition myths busted!!
Myth 1: All saturated fats raise cholesterol in the body
As per research done in this field, some saturated fats don’t raise blood cholesterol.
Stearic acid is a type of saturated fat found naturally in cocoa, dairy products as well as meats and poultry. It also found in palm and coconut oils. It does not raise the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels instead it boosts the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels.
Even though stearic acid is good, you need to have portion control when it comes to foods rich in it. This is because foods rich in fat of any kind are high in calories.
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Myth 2: Adding salt to the cooking pot adds sodium to the food.
Salt added to cooking water in the pot may actually make vegetables more nutritious. By adding salt in the cooking water you can prevent nutrients of the vegetables from leaching into the water. Salt addition speeds up the cooking process, this helps in ensuring that you don’t lose too many nutrients due to overcooking.
Myth 3: The more fiber you eat, the better.
Not all types of fibers are equally beneficial for health. Make sure you get fibre from natural sources than going in for energy bars and cereals with added fibre. Food companies are taking advantage of the fact that fibre is good for health and have made fibre a fad component. The fact is that the goodness of the fibre depends on the type of fibre. Even science is not clear about fibre types because they are also complex in nature just like fats. We know that different fibres have different functions. But it is essential to get it from the right sources like grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits.
Myth 4: Organic foods are more nutritious than conventional food.
Don’t buy organic food thinking that it is more nutritious than conventional food. Research in this line has found out that there is no significant nutritional difference between conventional and organic crops and livestock. Organic foods are claimed to be grown sans pesticides, that is one advantage of organic food but when it comes to the nutrition part, both organic and conventional foods fare the same. You can buy the conventional foods and wash them properly to remove traces of pesticides.
Myth 5: Cooking olive oil destroys its health benefits.
We have been hearing this since ‘good’ olive oil has hit the Indian market but the truth is something else. Even delicate extra-virgin oils can bear the heat without affecting the nutrition.
Olive oil can bear cooking procedures like sautéing easily. Care should be taken that it is not heated past the smoking point that is 405°F for extra virgin olive oil, this will keep its goodness intact. Store oil in a cupboard at room temperature and you need not worry about it!
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