7 Food Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

FOOD  |  July 22, 2017
  • Plastic chopping boards are better than wooden ones
    1 / 7 Plastic chopping boards are better than wooden ones

    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 suggests 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.

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  • Sugar makes kids hyper
    2 / 7 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.

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  • No eating after 7pm
    3 / 7 No eating after 7pm

    Food eaten after 7pm – or whatever magical digit you’ve been quoted – doesn’t magically turn into fat. What matters more is your daily activity. If you’ve been inactive all day, your 5pm meal will metabolise 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.

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  • Dairy is the key to healthy bones
    4 / 7 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. These elements are not found in dairy products but rather in oatmeal, potatoes and more.

    (Also Read: 8 Non-Dairy Foods That Can Provide Plenty Of Calcium)

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  • Snacking between meals is bad
    5 / 7 Snacking between meals is bad

    Snacks can play an important role in your diet, as long as nutrient-dense options are provided. Examples of healthier snacks: yogurt with fruits, cheese and wholegrain crackers and vegetable sticks with a small amount of dip such as nut butter or hummus. Such snacks can satisfy hunger pangs.

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  • Fruits are just as good as vegetables
    6 / 7 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 are usually raw, which helps to retain the nutritional value of heat-sensitive vitamin C.

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    Fat is an essential nutrient that provides energy and helps absorb, transport and store vitamins in the body. Choose unsaturated fats which are found in oily fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable plant-based oils. For children under two in particular, fat restriction, including reduced- or low-fat milk, is not recommended, as they need more energy to fuel growth.

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Finder.

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