Everybody wants to maintain a healthy eating habit that provides enough nutrition, while at the same time keeping cholesterol in check. There is so much information out there that we tend to be misguided about what is correct and what is a myth. When we believe the food myths, we tend to avoid certain foods that actually do more good than harm.
To help you along, we have busted 7 common myths involving Indian food.
Food Myth 1:
Honey and Molasses are better than sugar
Just when you thought you found the perfect cheat to sweeten your life. Although honey and molasses are natural unrefined sweeteners, they still possess a high glycemic index just like white, refined sugar. Nutritionists believe that 1 tablespoon of honey contains 65 calories, proving that it contains more calories than refined sugar, which only showed to contain 46 calories in 1 tablespoon.
Food Myth 2:
Bananas and Apples are rich in iron because they turn brown
This is a huge myth that needs correcting. Apples and bananas are an excellent source of fibre, not iron. The browning of the fruits is the result of the oxidation of the phenolic compounds found in these fruits, in the presence of oxygen and supporting enzymes. If you are looking for iron rich foods, turn to dry fruits like raisins or dried apricots.
Food Myth 3:
Avoid Eggs! They contain high cholesterol
Although an egg contains around 200mg cholesterol, it seems to have very little impact on the rise and fall of blood cholesterol levels. According to a 2012 study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information, a number of clinical trials that studied the effects of long-term egg consumption concluded that it has no impact on cardiovascular health and disease.
Food Myth 4:
Not eating sugar will save you from diabetes
Avoiding sugar and sweets will kill a few calories, but it doesn’t prevent diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a combination of factors such as genetic and lifestyle factors, including high calorie diets, overweight and physical inactivity. It is not the sugar that causes diabetes, but the body’s inability to metabolize carbohydrates that leads one to diabetes.
Food Myth 5:
Going nuts will only increase cholesterol
A common Indian snack option for better health is a handful of nuts such as almonds, walnuts and peanuts. Why a handful? Many believe that consuming a lot of nuts leads to obesity and cholesterol problems. The truth is that nut intake lowers cholesterol levels, is cardio-protective and helps in weight reduction and the prevention of several diseases.
Food Myth 6:
Desi ghee causes harm to your health
The fear of gaining cholesterol has driven out pure desi ghee from the Indian kitchens. Pure Desi ghee is 65% saturated and 32% MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids), which is similar to the kind of dietary fat found in olive oil that helps reduce your cholesterol levels. Desi ghee is much better in comparison over oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn and cottonseed oils.
Food Myth 7:
Suji (Semolina) is a nutritious whole grain
Suji (semolina or rava) is the flour made from the starch-rich component that you get by milling whole grains. Its nutritional properties are exactly the same as any other refined grain such as polished rice or refined wheat flour. That plate of suji gol gappas no longer remain a healthy diet snack for all.
Now you know the truth about these myths. Next time somebody tells you how to stay healthy; you can tell them you already have that secret in hand.
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