Five diet myths disclosed by dietitian – Meenu Agarwal.
1.Low-fat foods help you lose weight.
‘Low-fat’ or ‘fat-free’ doesn’t necessarily mean low calorie or calorie-free.
Generally, extra sugars and thickeners are added to enhance flavour and texture. The calorie content may be a bit less than in the standard version. People tend to have half-fat spread but then use twice as much.
Thus, watching the quantity consumed is a must. Check the nutrition label for calorie content of foods, like cakes, biscuits, crackers, ice creams and ready meals.
2. “It’s important to fast periodically, to cleanse toxins from your body.”
Human body has its own in-buit designed system for removing toxins namely, the liver, kidneys and spleen. There is no evidence of not eating, or consuming only juice for any period of time makes them do this job any better.
3. Eggs with brown shells are more nutritious than those with white shells.
The color of the eggshell does not affect nutrition, but indicates the color of the bird’s feathers and earlobes. White eggs come from white hens with white earlobes, brown eggs come from red hens with red earlobes. You can save some money by buying white eggs and at the same time not compromising on nutrition.
4. You should always pick the bag of spinach at the back of the produce case.
Spinach stored continuously under the light for as little as two to three days have higher levels of vitamin C and preserved levels of K, E, folate and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. The nutrient levels are enhanced by the exposure to light by encouraging photosynthesis.
This means that the spinach packet kept at the front of the case could actually have more nutrients than the one in the dark at the back of the case in the dark.
5. Eating Banana will make you fat.
Bananas are commonly thought to be a fattening food. On contrary to common belief, bananas are low in fat and are packed with potassium.
There is only 0.5g fat and 95 calories in a banana.