Debunking Common Food Myths

Debunking Common Food Myths

Discover these common nutrition myths that we've debunked to help your healthy diet.

Even though we know a thing or two about nutrition, we still come up against new questions such as whether veganism really helps you to shed the pounds. In addition, there are some myths that simply refuse to go away. Victoria shows them up for what they are.

Myth 1: Mushrooms and spinach shouldn’t be reheated.

This piece of advice is outdated. However, you should observe the following rules: Quickly chill the leftovers after cooking and place them in the fridge. Use within one day and warm to at least 70°C in order to kill off any harmful microorganisms. Reheated spinach is an absolute no-go for babies and young children, since the nitrite released in reheating can be dangerous for them.

Myth 2: Anyone following a vegan diet automatically loses weight.

Renouncing animal products doesn’t automatically mean you lose your spare tyre, as the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information found in a meta-study. Scientists were unable to establish a link between veganism and weight loss. Soya products, nuts, plant oil and high-fibre products, which form a large proportion of the vegan diet, also contain calories and fat.

Myth 3: Lemons have the highest vitamin C content.

Lemons contain approximately 53 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams, but there are other fruits and vegetables that contain more. Per 100 grams there are approximately 105 milligrams in kale, 140 in red peppers, 175 in blackcurrants, approx 450 in sea buckthorn and up to an amazing 1,250 milligrams in rose hips. The recommended daily intake for adults is 100 milligrams.

Myth 4: Organic food has more nutrients.

An analysis carried out by Stanford University found that organic fruit and vegetables contain scarcely any more or even no more nutrients than ordinary fruit and vegetables from standard farms. However, the risk that residues of pesticides might remain on the products is lower with organic produce.

Myth 5: Margarine is better than butter.

Butter has a bad reputation of being a fat and cholesterol bomb and margarine is often touted by the manufacturers as a healthier alternative. However, nutritional experts disagree. The average calorie content of butter (754 calories per 100 grams) and margarine (722) is almost identical and they also contain almost the same quantity of fat. Also, the cholesterol from milk fats is not harmful for healthy people in and of itself.

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