Food Myths Explored

Posted: Thursday, 1 November 2012

Categories: Diet, Fitness, Nutrition

We all remember being told to eat our greens, not to ruin our appetites with sweets and that bread crusts would make our hair curl. How much truth is there in these food myths? FOY personal trainers are always on hand to provide the best health and diet advice, and this includes busting and proving myths!

1. Eat Your Greens
Although over-boiled cabbage and limp lettuce is enough to put anyone off for life, here’s one our parents weren’t lying about. Eating the right kinds of greens can give a super-boost of vitamins and fibre essential to our daily diet.

Greens such as kale and spinach are high in iron, potassium and vitamins A and C. Lightly steamed, they make ideal accompaniments to almost any dish. They key to broccoli is in the cooking; don’t over boil. Instead remove from the water whilst it still has a bit of bite and crunch. Top health benefits and more popular with kids too! Don’t shy away from cabbage either. Red cabbage contains vitamin C and is an eye-catching alternative to traditional white, and is great shredded raw in salads or stir fries. If you’re unsure about what to buy, just ask your personal trainer for recommendations.

2. Eating crusts will make your hair curl
As you might have guessed, the truth in this one is limited. Hundreds of years ago, curly hair was thought to be a sign of wealth, and wealthy people could afford to eat a lot of bread. Although there is no truth in the myth itself, there are still plenty of reasons why eating crusts can be beneficial. Bread, especially wholemeal, is one of the best sources of fibre, essential for effective digestion. Studies have also shown that bread crusts also contain high levels of antioxidants, far greater than in the crumb.

3. Carrots make you see better in the dark
It isn’t actually the vegetable itself, but the beta-carotene in carrots that makes them beneficial. Beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A by the body, which can help build a healthy immune system among other things. Vitamin A is also found in dairy products, and since the body stores any that it does not use, taking supplements or eating your weight in carrots is not necessary! Pregnant women should be aware that high levels of Vitamin A are not advisable, so should avoid foods with a large concentration of it, such as liver.

4. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
These days, we all know it takes more than one apple to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and are often reminded about eating 5 helpings of fruit and vegetables per day. However, an apple a day, specifically unpeeled and raw, can provide a much needed boost of fibre for many people, as well as over 8 different vitamins, such as B vitamins, vitamin C and E, which helps keep skin and nails healthy. Apples are also a convenient, low-calorie and filling snack due to their water content.

FOY personal training sessions can always incorporate discussion, advice and tips about how to improve your diet to gain the best possible vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support your fitness goals.

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