7 common myths & truths about food

Remember when mum said a certain food magically makes you taller or smarter, and some food makes you sick. But how true are these statements people make about food? Here are 7 common food myths that will surprise you.

Food myth: canned food is less nutritious

Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious during the instant they are picked. However, the food you find in the produce section often had a long journey. During shipping and storage, nutrients are often lost.

By contrast, food processors quick-freeze fresh-picked produce, which preserves much of its vitamin and mineral content.

Food myth: Saturated fat causes heart disease.

Note that too much saturated fat is still not ideal, and it is important to keep a balance of saturated and unsaturated fat in your diet.

Click here to find out what are the common food containing saturated fat.
Or understand more about trans fat and omega-6.

Food myth: Nuts are as bad as junk food.

Nuts are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients, as long as you keep to a healthy serving!

Harvard researchers found that women who ate that amount about five times a week were 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t eat them as often.

Food myth: Olive oil is the better choice

Olive oil is actually not a good choice for deep frying or high heat cooking as the oil will produce off flavours, and it’s worse than deep frying with vegetable oil.

Food myth: Snacking is a bad habit

Snacking on foods that are high in fibre, protein, and healthy fats are good for you! It can help to fill your stomach so you make better food decisions.

(FYI) A study done in the US found that snacking on dried fruit improved the diet quality and reduced obesity in adults.

Read more on the worst and best time to snack.

Food myth: Eating at night makes you fat

If you ate more calories in a day but burned less than what you ate, it will contribute to weight gain, not supper.

Food myth: All sugar is bad

Food that naturally carry sugars contains beneficial fiber, vitamins and minerals.

However, try to cut down on refined sugar and switch to wholegrain varieties instead!


Did you spot any food myths that you’re guilty of believing? Next time when you hear that what you’re eating is causing your body harm, don’t panic before finding out the truth!

Enough of food myths, here’s something that is not a myth: 6 Brain Foods That’s Easy to Get and really does give you a cognitive boost.

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