We often hear and read about what to eat and what not to. We at FMW believe that fitness is a journey and not a destination. FMW helps you bust common myths related to food and their consequences.
Myth: Bananas are fattening
Reality: One medium banana has only about 100 calories—you’d have to eat at least five to equal one slice of pizza! Bananas are a good source of fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all of which can help manage blood pressure. They’re also a good source of vitamin B6, which helps boost your immune system.
Myth: Cooking veggies destroys their vitamin content
Reality: Cooking actually boosts your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in some vegetables. For example, the cancer-fighting phytonutrient lycopene is stronger in cooked tomato sauce than in raw tomatoes. That said, many nutrients will be lost with the wrong cooking technique. Just Do not overboil.
Myth: Margarine is better than butter
Reality: Butter contains saturated fat that, when eaten in excess, can raise “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. For that reason, some people use margarine as a substitute. The problem with margarine—specifically stick margarine—is that it contains trans fats, which increase LDL cholesterol and lower the “healthy” (HDL) cholesterol. If you’re watching your calories, opt for “reduced fat” or “light” versions.
Myth: Watermelon’s tasty, but not very nutritious
Reality: Even though watermelon is very hydrating and low in calories , it packs a healthy nutrition punch. In addition to some vitamin C (20% of the Daily Value per cup), watermelon delivers lycopene—the same red-tinged antioxidant found in tomatoes, linked to a lower risk of certain cancers.
Myth: Microwaving zaps nutrients
Reality: Whether you’re using a microwave, a charcoal grill or a solar-heated stove, it’s the heat and the amount of time you’re cooking that affect nutrient losses, not the cooking method. The longer and hotter you cook a food, the more you’ll lose certain heat- and water-sensitive nutrients, especially vitamin C and thiamin .Because microwave cooking often cooks foods more quickly, it can actually help to minimize nutrient losses.
Myth: Chocolate cause acne
Reality: There is no proven link between chocolate and acne. Chocolate while not extremely healthy, aren’t going to cause acne. Bacteria have a greater impact on breakouts than your diet. The bacteria responsible for inflamed acne breakouts are Propionibacteria acnes. When the Propionibacteria acnes population grows out of control it can trigger redness, inflammation and the formation of pus.
By: Ishika Taneja
(International Makeup Expert and Executive Director ALPS Beauty Clinic)
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