The Top 5 Food Myths Everyone Believes
There have been countless studies done on the different foods that we eat every day, and there’s still a lot that we don’t quite understand about some of our favourite treats.
This has also lead to a number of myths and misconceptions about certain foods, especially in terms of them being unhealthy for us, or making us overweight.
With this in mind, these are some of the most popular food myths that people still believe.
1. Fat Makes People Fat
It’s widely believed that eating any kind of fat is not good for the body, and will lead to weight gain. The truth is, however, that fat isn’t a bad thing, it just depends on the type of fat that it is. Natural fat that comes from such foods as walnuts, olive oil, and avocados are extremely good for most people, and are recommended by most doctors.
Fats that come from refined, white carbohydrates, such as bread, are what everyone should be avoiding, and which are among the leading causes of obesity in many countries.
2. Carrots and Eye Health
It’s been a long-held belief that eating carrots would lead to a person having better eyesight thanks to the large amounts of vitamin A present in the vegetable. And while it’s true that carrots do have vitamin A, they don’t have nearly as much as some other vegetables, such as leafy greens, which have shown to be much healthier for eyesight than carrots.
3. Digesting Gum In Seven Years
It’s a myth that schoolchildren like to tell each other: swallowing chewing gum is unhealthy because it can take up to seven years before it leaves your system.
The problem with this story is that there is no scientific evidence to back it up, and that gum does, in fact, leave the digestive system at the same pace as most other foods.
4. Milk Makes Bones Strong
It’s something that our mothers’ told us since we were small: drinking milk makes our bones stronger and less likely to break thanks to all the calcium packed into milk.
A study from 2010 showed that milk actually may be leeching the calcium from our bones, with another study showing that the countries with the most reported bone fractures also happened to be the countries that consumed the most milk per day.
5. The 5 Second Rule
It’s among the oldest food-related beliefs in the world – that it only takes a piece of food on the ground 5 seconds before it’s covered in potentially dangerous germs, and it’s a rule that many people follow whenever they drop their treat on the floor while distracted by having fun with casino games on their phones.
Unfortunately, the truth is that it takes only a fraction of a second for germs to fully contaminate the piece of food, much faster than a person is able to bend down and pick it up. The best thing to do is instead wash the food if possible, otherwise it may be unsafe to consume.