Nowadays we can find healthy eating tips on every corner but that doesn’t make it necessarily good advice. Nutrition research can get very confusing and every other week, new research claims one food is better than another. There are some old wives’ tales passed down from your parents that are actually just myths that refuse to go away.
Here are 5 of them, compiled by Team Twisted.
1. Carrots in the dark
Parents will tell their kids anything to make them eat their vegetables. Like, “Eat all your carrots and you will always have good eyesight!” However, according to scientists even though carrots contain Vitamin A which is important in the role of creating the pigment that helps eyes to operate in low light, they will not improve your night vision.
2. Dairy is best for bones
The dairy and bone health link is probably one of the most pervasive milk myths. But, even though milk is a great source of calcium it does not mean it is the only one. You can make your bones stronger by eating spinach and kale, which are also a great source of calcium.
3. Eight glasses a day
Well if there is one health myth that is not going away it is this one. Of course, water is essential and we always need to stay hydrated yet there is no proof that you should drink 8 glasses of water every day. The amount will depend on your body’s metabolism, as well as your daily activity.
4. Only wine is good for you
Drinking a glass of wine might raise your good cholesterol levels in your body. But so does other alcohol when consumed in moderation.
5. Don’t reheat rice
Apparently, if you reheat rice you’ll get food poisoning. That’s not true. Reheating rice that was cooked properly will not make it poisonous. In fact, reheated rice contains fewer available carbohydrates than when freshly cooked, which actually makes it healthier.
It’s not a bad idea to pay attention to what you are eating but take everything with a pinch of salt. But, of course, we don’t actually mean add salt to everything, as that is not good advice either!