Busted: 7 food myths you need to stop believing

by: Abegaile Legaspi
19 May 2020

Whether it’s from distant relatives or longtime friends, chances are you’ve heard of these age-old myths that we’ve been guilty of believing in (and some of us still believing). We’ve scoured the web for some of the most common myths and we’re here to bust them all. So, who are you going to call?

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#1: Low-fat’s the only way to go

Thanks to (almost) every Hollywood teen comedy film ever made, fat has been considered the devil’s spawn. However, Sarah Connellan, a registered dietitian who works with NGO Mind HK shares that “our brains are made of around 50% fat and our cells need fat to function properly”. While trans fat and excessive amounts of saturated fat are proven to increase your cholesterol levels, ‘heart-healthy’ or monounsaturated fats from nuts and avocado can help lower risks of contacting cardiovascular diseases. Plus, essential fats such as Omega-3, commonly found in salmon can help regulate heartbeats. And in some cases, packaged goods that are “low-fat” are often high in sugar.

#2 Brown eggs have more nutritional value than white ones

For egg snobs and connoisseurs that have been fooled into believing that brown eggs are healthier, it’s simply a marketing ploy. Depending on the hen’s breed, the colour of the eggs may be white or brown. It is not an indicator for which egg is better for you health-wise. An egg’s nutritional value depends on the hen’s dietary plan.

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#3 Eating carrots leads to better eyesight

Think about it for a second: No rabbit has poor vision, right? Well, that may be the case in the movies but definitely not IRL. Yes, carrots are loaded with Vitamin A that’s essential in improving your eyesight but so are other foods such sweet potatoes, tuna and spinach.

#4 Eating after 8pm contributes to weight gain

If you’re trying to shed the extra pounds, you’ve probably been told to have your last meal before 9pm. However, there is no truth to this myth. Weight gain or loss depends entirely on how much calories you’re able to burn throughout the day with any form of physical activity.

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#5 Drinking cranberry juice cures an UTI

Dealing with a UTI is no fun and as a woman, the chances of getting one is even higher (as if the stacks aren’t already against us). You’ve probably been told to finish a bottle of cranberry juice and everything’s peachy keen. But according to Dr. David Malouf, president of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, there’s no proof to this statement. However, drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry-infused supplements can prevent the growth of bacteria (semantics!).

#6 Fasting is the best way to treat a fever

Have you ever heard of the age-old expression “feed a cold, starve a fever”? We may naturally have no appetite when we’ve got the flu but it doesn’t mean that we should not eat at all. Research shows that there’s no concrete proof which states that starving your way through the flu is the way to go. So eat what you can because your body needs it (trust us!)

#7 Chocolates are great aphrodisiacs

While chocolates are proven to lower your anxiety levels and to keep things interesting, in the bedroom, factually, they are not aphrodisiacs at all. The truth of the matter is, chocolates cause your body to release endorphins because they’re rich in dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. This results in the feeling of “being in love” which may cause you to get busy and act on your desires.

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