How True Are These Food Myths?
Remember when as a kid, our parents would tell us different advantages of food to make us eat them? Like, “drink your milk, you’ll grow tall like daddy”. Even till know some other myths are still believed by us, and we finish our veggies thinking that we can benefit from them.
Well, I think its time we reveal how true those stories were.
1. Carrots will help you see better
Carrots are filled with beta-carotene and vitamin A which prevent the risk of cataract and macular degeneration. For sight betterment, high consumption of carrots is necessary, however, high intake of the vitamin may cause skin to turn yellow/orange.
Verdict: Eat carrots for better health, but for better eyesight, go get prescription glasses!
2. Drinking Milk Makes Bones Strong
Milk contains calcium which is essential for strong bones and teeth. it also regulates heart beats and prevents blood clots. It is advised that people should drink at least 3 cups a day.
A study in Sweden claims that men who drank three or more cups of milk a day were more likely to die young as compared to those who drank less. It was caused due to a sugar found in milk which linked to cardiovascular diseases, cancer and bone and muscle loss.
Verdict: Milk is good for health, however too much of anything is bad.
3. Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day
I remember my mother yelling at me to finish my breakfast. Breakfast is no doubt the most important meal of the day. People having heavy breakfast tend to lose weight as compared to people who don’t. But watching what you eat for breakfast is important.
Verdict: Pick a well balanced breakfast for healthier outcomes.
4. Eat Until Your Plate Is Clean:
Parents would force their kids to finish everything on their plate for manners sake, but they forget that this can lead to overeating. This can be harmful and can lead to overweight.
Verdict: Stop eating when you are full, even if it means not cleaning your plate.