In early childhood, we could hear (most often from our mother) that it is strictly forbidden to swallow seeds from berries – they say a tree will grow in the tummy. And not only parents, even scientists and nutritionists, only in the last century gave strange nutritional recommendations, and doctors prescribed unhealthy diets. The list of misconceptions about food and products is endless – good, modern science is gradually proving their absurdity. But some myths are still alive – let’s destroy them.
- “Pomegranates (and green tea) contain a lot of antioxidants”
Every time you hang on the Internet, you will surely stumble upon an advertisement for a particular product (it can be just fruits, or “magic capsules”), which is characterized by a high content of antioxidants. Such a super food, as a rule, relieves various inflammations, “removes toxins”, “fights free radicals” and, most likely, cures cancer. Or at least warns him.
Of course, there are certain foods and dishes where the concentration of these miraculous substances is higher than in others, but know: in every leaf of a green plant that a person can eat is full of antioxidants! Almost all the plants that our body digests really fight both inflammation and cancer, thanks to antioxidants. Neither green tea, nor pomegranates are particularly out of this series.
Google the name of any vegetable or fruit of your choice and the word “cancer.” For example, “potato cancer”: find that ordinary potato in almost any form copes well with a tumor (except, of course, fried – fried, according to Internet experts, it causes cancer). According to this logic, chemotherapy should consist of mashed potatoes with a salad and freshly squeezed juice. Because antioxidants.
Absolutely all plants are exposed to oxidizing agents, therefore they have developed powerful mechanisms of protection against acidic environment, and the variety does not matter. Promise yourself that you will never again say that your favorite fruit is the best source of antioxidants.
- “Chicken should be eaten exclusively without skin”
Proper nutrition is the most sacred thing in the life of those who say so. Not a gram of excess fat should get into the stomach, no saturated fats in foods! In fact, chicken breast is so lean that it is skin or not, it doesn’t really matter. In addition, the whole skin of a whole chicken is an additional ~ 50 kcal (depending on the size of the bird).
55% of the fat in the skin on chicken is monounsaturated. Yes, as in olive oil. A couple of grams of fat is indeed saturated, but such an amount is so insignificant for the diet that it can hardly affect your waist somehow. So do not make a commotion when someone gives you chicken along with the skin, and often it creates a delicious crust.
By the way, if you decide to cook a chicken for your girlfriend and at the same time impress her with culinary skills, enthusiastic knife wielding during skinning from a poor bird can frighten the poor thing. Most likely, she will not appreciate the game in a maniac and just call Uber, having suddenly affected.
- “Sea salt is more beneficial than regular”
Okay, it’s possible that there are a little more trace elements in sea salt – calcium, iron, copper and some others. More – for a few nano-particles, because in a teaspoon of sea salt, for example, only 0.2 mg of iron. It would sound great if the daily requirement for iron in men was not equal to 8 mg, and in women even more – 18 mg.
A significant contribution to the daily iron intake, isn’t it? In any case, if you cannot live directly without sea salt, then you are not a person – you are a flounder.
However, table salt does not even contain such an insignificant amount of trace elements, but it usually has what is not found in sea – iodine. Iodine salt has been around for a century, and if you consume little fish and seafood, then seasoning your food with table salt is much more useful than being fashionable, but suffering from iodine deficiency.
- “In the meat of an ostrich (zebra, porcupine, other exotic beast) – a bunch of protein”
Of course, they don’t always speak of exoticism, and sometimes they like to rank rabbits as the best source of protein. “Venison has a lot of protein.” “Ostrich meat from a local farm is the best source of protein!” “They say chihuahua meat is full of protein.” Well, of course it’s true, because that’s all – meat!
If you choose the flesh of living creatures from the animal kingdom as food, you will find that fish, birds, mammals, crustaceans, marsupials, and everyone else (except the spongy and Google guys who invented the Oculus Rift) have muscle tissue. And the muscles are made up of protein.
Just like in the story with antioxidants, different types of meat may differ slightly in protein concentration – due to the different fat content. To put pressure on the fact that the ostrich is more inclined to cardio-training, therefore, it is continuous protein, it’s just ridiculous.
- “I need a good detox”
The only people who really need detox are those who have breakfast with alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, ketamine or opioids, bath salt. Or who regularly swims in a pit where compounds of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, radionuclides and arsenic are poured from the nearest plant.
Think about marketing: no manufacturer of detox products has yet to name a single toxin that his food (or shakes) fights with. Do not get fooled by advertising and do not become one of those suggestible fools on whom billions of dollars of earnings of food corporations revolve.
You already have a built-in detox program, it includes the liver, kidneys, lungs and other organs. They do an excellent job of eliminating by-products of metabolism and “free radicals.” Various detox diets only weaken the body, they take away forces from internal organs to remove these toxins. That’s the irony.
- “Avoid products that contain chemicals.”
The most stupid myth that the older generation believes especially strongly, and it’s quite difficult to destroy it. No one knows what exactly is the reason for these errors, because there are chemistry lessons in every school …
Chemicals are the building blocks of our world; everything around them consists of them. By the way, if you decompose the human body into elements and evaluate them in dollars, you get about $ 4.5. Of these, $ 3.5 falls on the skin and another dollar – on carbon, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron and other substances in micro doses. By and large, we are cheaper than a cup of large cappuccino, and by the way there are so many frightening “chemicals” in it that if adherents of “natural products” find out about it, the coffee market will collapse, and Colombia and Brazil will plunge into crisis.
In fact, there are no less ominously sounding substances in the garden apple, some are so difficult to pronounce that they were given code names that begin with the letter E. Should the producer be completely honest and indicate the chemical composition of the most environmentally friendly fruits, they will stop buying them right away – too much E will be. By the way, some of them are difficult and expensive to obtain even in the laboratory; they are truly natural and maximally natural.