Myths And Truths About Different Foods

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Contributed by Ashok Khatri

1) Drinking Tea makes your complexion darker

myths and truths about food

We have all heard it from our parents, that drinking tea will make your skin darker, this was one of the ways elders kept us from drinking tea. However tea does not affect your complexion. Skin tone is determined by genes and sunlight exposure so drinking tea will not cause any change in your skin tone.

2) Eating at night makes you fat

myths and truths about food

It has been a common belief that eating at night will result in gaining weight, but according to recent reports, this is just a myth. A calorie is a calorie, it doesn’t matter when you consume it. According to research it does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight. People eating at night make poor choices of food and give in to their cravings and eat more calories, So the next time you’re hungry at night, eat something healthy.

3) All Indian food is spicy

myths and truths about food

This is a common misconception that all Indian food is spicy, granted that India is the land of spices and people do prefer spicy food down here, but that’s not the case entirely. Not all spices make food spicy, some add flavor to the dish and others add a sweet flavour to the dish. At the end of the day it depends on the person cooking, whether he wants is extra spicy or just mild.

4) Watermelon seeds grow in belly

myths and truths about food

There is an old saying that if you swallow a watermelon seed, a watermelon will grow inside your belly. This old tale haunted all kids which made us extra careful about eating watermelons, however this is not true, watermelon seeds or any other seeds will simply pass through our digestive system and are removed by our body in a day.

5) Microwaving the food makes it lose its nutrition value

myths and truths about food

One of the many reasons Indian households did not buy microwaves was because of a common belief that microwaving food makes it lose its nutrition value, however this is not true. There have been no evidence stating that microwaving food makes it unhealthy, so go buy that microwave and give me a micro high five.

6) Organic food is healthier

myths and truths about food

Although organic food is grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, anything which is organic will always not be healthy, for example – Organic snacks, eating them in excessive quantity is harmful to your body. Just because they are organic doesn’t mean they are healthy. So be mindful of what you eat and how much you eat.

7) Not eating will help you lose weight

myths and truths about food

This is a common misconception that not eating will help you lose weight, so people often skip their meals or eat very less. This is not true, In fact skipping meals or eating very little will actually make you fatter. It slows down your metabolism and puts your body in starvation mode where the body conserves food and stores it as fat.

8) Salads are healthiest

myths and truths about food

Salads are indeed healthy, so people trying to lose weight often prefer salad compared to other things, but the toppings with which they are dressed with contain fats and calories, which are harmful to your body and you might not even notice them, so the next time you order salad, tell them to actually make it fat free and healthy.

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