You often read about the “better food alternative” in magazines or online – people have stressed on some foods that are “healthy” for you or that “they are good compared to this type-of-food”, but are they really? Well, there are some food myths that have clouded your minds for a very long time and it needs to be set straight.
Food Myth 4 – HONEY IS BETTER THAN WHITE SUGAR
Honey is all-natural and it’s found in bee hives, so yes, it is definitely better than the processed and fattening white sugar.
So wrong and this is definitely a food myth.
Here are the facts:
Honey comes from nectars of flowers and stored in the stomach of the bees. Sugar comes from sugar cane. Both plants are organic and all-natural.
It contains 16 calories per teaspoon and that’s the same for white sugar. So calories-wise, there is no difference between the two.
Information about honey is popularly circulating – how it has an anti-bacterial effect and that it is an anti-inflammatory too. In truth, these are just from laboratory test and it hasn’t been proven in real life. Everything “researchers” said about honey benefits were tested within the lab and not in real people.
FOOD MYTH 3 – CHOCOLATE IS A HEALTHY SNACK
There is the “good” chocolate and there is the “bad” chocolate. But it is true that chocolate is rich in antioxidants because of its component called flavonoid. Sometimes, it’s called flavanols. The “good” chocolate is rich in that. The “bad” chocolate has it but in a very small amount.
Dark chocolate comes from cacao beans and well, even the 70% dark chocolate kind is not that “good” enough in terms of antioxidants. This is due to the processing of the cacao bean to edible chocolate. Now, scientists attest that flavanols can have a positive impact on a person’s blood pressure and that is calms the blood vessels which makes the circulation of blood undisturbed. But the trials use pure chocolate and not the less than 100% kind.
So do you mean to say that chocolate is unhealthy? The truth is that chocolate is not 100% healthy but it is not 100% bad either. It’s not just considered a healthy snack. If you base on the laboratory trials, eating 100% pure dark chocolate for 21 days which is around one-fourth pound will show little positive effect on the blood pressure.
With that, you need to eat 4 ounces of chocolate per day. One ounce of chocolate is 160 calories which means that you need to eat 640 calories of chocolate a day if you want a bit of change on your blood pressure. As per recommended daily allowance, it is suggested and advised that you eat a third of that each day. This means you will be overeating on chocolate and for so little health outcome. It’s not worth it.
FOOD MYTH 2 – FROZEN YOGURT IS LOW IN SUGAR
This is such a myth, seriously. People listen up – low sugar is not the same with low fat. Yes, frozen yogurt is LOW IN FAT but not low in sugar. And yes too – yogurt is a bit better than ice cream. These are the facts.
If the food is low in fat, there is no taste to it. So to counterbalance, sugar is increased. Well, as for frozen yogurt, different brands offer different nutritional value. You just have to read the Nutrition Facts at the back label before eating your frozen yogurt. Also, if you can do without the toppings, it will decrease the calories, fat and sugar in your yogurt meal.
FOOD MYTH 1 – WATERMELON IS SUGAR-FILLED
Watermelon is a sweet fruit and it contains a fruit sugar called fructose. This is natural and it isn’t the bad kind. And it is true that watermelon is filled with water. Actually, is 92% water and it is really sweet. But it doesn’t mean that because it is such, watermelon is then sugar-filled.
The fact that watermelon is believed to be high in sugar is because of its glycemic index. Glycemic index is being referred to how the body reacts pertaining to blood sugar after eating a certain type of food. So when a person eats a food that is high in glycemic index, it will experience a surge in blood sugar. As for watermelon, its glycemic index is 75 over 100. So that’s pretty high.
But aside from glycemic index, there is this term called glycemic load. Glycemic load in watermelon is pretty low and that overpowers the high glycemic index. The blood sugar will not boost much at all and that makes watermelon good to eat.
Watermelon is a great fruit to eat. One cup of it is only 45 calories and that same serving provides 20% of your body’s Vitamin C daily need. As for Vitamin A, it covers seventeen percent. It has a few dietary fiber grams too. Since watermelon is pinkish red, it has a bit lycopene, and who knew that its lycopene content is even higher than that of tomatoes.
And that’s not all – because of it water component, watermelon is a great food to hydrate on.