7 food myths and their alternatives
If you’re looking to avoid unhealthy choices and consume foods for good health, continue reading to learn about 7 popular food myths, which have recently been debunked. You tend to make choices which you think are better than the ones you didn’t make but you might be in-fact making bad and wrong choices.
- Margarine is a healthier option than butter
It’s a little known fact that margarine and butter contain the same amount of calories. Worse yet, margarine often contains harmful trans fats, which can lead to cholesterol issues. So you’re better off searching for a trans-fat free margarine, or stick to plain old butter. Remember, anything in moderation will not affect your fitness goals provided you are doing enough to burn/use the calories you have taken in.
- All carbonated drinks should be avoided like the plague
Whilst soda drinks are packed full of sugar and unnecessary calories, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a sodium free seltzer with a slice of lemon. So whilst you’re best off consuming water, if you’re looking to treat yourself to a carbonated drink, ensure to order a refreshing sodium free seltzer.
- Egg “yellow” contains too much cholesterol to be considered healthy
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting your day off with a boiled or poached egg. Whilst eggs do contain cholesterol and the average egg contains a miniscule 211 milligrams of cholesterol, consuming trans fats would do more to raise your cholesterol level. So don’t feel guilty, next time you eat an egg “yellow” for breakfast.
- Brown bread is a much healthier alternative to white breadRecent scientific studies have shown that your average brown bread will contain more sugar, than your average white bread. Brown breads such as whole meal bread typically contains added sugar to make it more palatable to consumers’ palates. Next time you shop for bread, you’re better off to avoid mass produced bread and to purchase a fresh loaf (white or brown) from your local bakery.
- Frozen vegetables don’t contain as many nutrients as fresh vegetables
Frozen vegetables are actually jam packed with nutrients as they are frozen as soon as they are picked. As a result, they contain all of the nutrients that they had at the time which they were frozen. On the contrary, fresh vegetables contain enzymes which break down nutrients over time.
- Eating cereal for breakfast is a healthy choice
Contrary to popular belief, cereal isn’t a healthy breakfast choice. In fact cereals such as Raisin Bran and Honey Nut Cheerios’ contain as much sugar as sugar laden cereals such as Fruit Loops. So if you’re looking for healthy alternatives to cereal, why not start your day off with a nutritious bowl of oats.
- Low fat milk is healthier than regular, full fat milk
Whilst advertisements may get you to believe that low fat is a healthy option, the truth is that regular milk is far more nutritious as it is full of both saturated and monounsaturated fats which can increase your metabolism and aid your body in feeling fuller for longer. Regular milk also boasts more minerals and nutrients that low fat varieties.