Seriously, who even came up with these?
With so many messages bombarding consumers about low-fat, sugar-free, all natural and organic products, it can be confusing to figure out exactly which foods are most nutritious to eat.
These are all the things you’ve thought wrong about fruits and veggies, food restrictions, and more.
You’ve probably been warned against chopping meat on a wooden cutting board, the argument being that the meat juices will settle into tiny cuts in the board caused by your knife, even after washing. A great deal of research suggest there’s no significant anti-bacterial benefit from using a plastic cutting board over a wooden one – even if bacteria do find their way into the wood, they do not multiply, and gradually die.
NEXT: Sugar makes kids hyper →
Studies have found that sugar does not affect the behaviour or cognition of children. However, eating sugar can cause hyperactive symptoms as sugar quickly absorbs in the blood, leading to an adrenaline-rush effect that looks like hyperactivity. If your child wants a sweetened drink, offer him fruit-infused water – with slices of orange or apple – instead.
NEXT: No eating after 7pm →
Food eaten after 7pm – or whatever magical digit you’ve been quoted – doesn’t magically turn into undissolvable fat. What matters more is your daily activity habits – if you’re inactive all day, your 5pm meal will metabolize into fat just as it would if you were to eat at 10pm. It works, for the most part, only because you’re more likely to reduce your total caloric intake.
NEXT: Dairy is the key to healthy bones →
Well, not entirely. While dairy does contain calcium and vitamin D, which promotes bone health, there are plenty of other sources of calcium, including dark leafy greens; plus, Vitamin K, Magnesium and other nutrients play an important role in healthy bones, too – and these are elements not found in dairy products, but rather, in oatmeal, potatoes and more.
NEXT: Snacking between meals is bad →
Snacks can play an important role in a child’s diet – and even yours – as long as nutrient-dense options are provided. Examples of healthier snacks: yoghurt with fruits, cheese and whole grain crackers and vegetable sticks with a small amount of dip such as nut butter or hummus. Such snacks can satisfy hunger pangs and prevent a child from overeating at the next meal.
NEXT: Fruits are just as good as vegetables →
Both fruits and vegetables should be consumed daily without one replacing the other as they are two different groups that offer a unique combination of nutrients and phytochemicals. For instance, vegetables in general are higher in iron, folate and dietary fibre. Fruits are generally higher in vitamin C and usually eaten raw, which helps to retain the nutritional value of heat-sensitive vitamin C.
NEXT: Drink 8 glasses of water a day →
You naturally consume H20 in fruits, vegetables, meats and other beverages during the day; plus, hydration needs vary from person to person. While there isn’t a specific recommended number of cups, water is, of course, still the “best thing to drink”, says Aaron E. Carroll, US-based Professor of Paediatrics.
NEXT: Fat is bad →
Fat is an essential nutrient that provides energy and helps absorb, transport and store vitamins in the body. Choose unsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), which are found in oily fish, nuts, seeds, and vegetable plant-based oils. For children under 2 in particular, fat restriction, including reduced- or low-fat milk, is not recommended, as they need more energy to fuel growth.
NEXT: Plastic chopping boards are better than wooden ones →
From The Finder (Issue 281), April 2017
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