Sunday 25 February 2018

Promotion: The truth about food myths

Oranges may be rich in Vitamin C, but that won't prevent your cold. Photo: Getty Images
Oranges may be rich in Vitamin C, but that won't prevent your cold. Photo: Getty Images

Food myths are often created from outdated science, old wives' tales or just simple misunderstanding that gets spread around friends or colleagues. It is important that we distinguish between fact and fiction when maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

LowLow’s resident nutritionist has debunked some of the most common food myths so you are in the know from now on.

Vitamin C can prevent the common cold: Myth

Although it is widely believed since Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling published 'Vitamin C and the Common Cold' in the 1970s, we now know that the theory that vitamin C can prevent the common cold is nothing more than a common myth!

Vitamin C has been shown to shorten and reduce the severity of a cold, but recent studies have shown that it does not prevent a cold completely.

You have to diet to lose weight: Myth

Rather than dieting, a far better approach to long term weight loss is to focus on making slow, steady changes to your diet over time and developing healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

The key to success is not to try to make too many changes at once. Try a few simple swaps to get you started.

For example, swap full fat for reduced fat dairy products. Give your lunchtime sandwich a makeover by using LowLow, light mayonnaise and wholegrain bread or even swap your mid morning croissant for a scone or a piece of fruit.

Fruit juice can harm your teeth: Fact

When fruit is juiced the sugar is released. The sugar in fruit juice can damage our teeth if we drink it frequently.

However 100% fruit juice is still a healthy choice. It counts as one of our five a day but remember it only counts as one portion no matter how much we drink.

It is best to drink fruit juice at mealtimes to protect teeth.

Not eating after 6pm will help you lose weight: Myth

Calories are calories no matter what time of the day we eat them. It is our total calorie intake that is important.

Many people believe that because they are not as active in the evening as they are during the day, that they do not burn off the calories they eat in the evening, but this is quite simply not true.

However this does not mean that mindless munching on high calories foods in front of the TV in the evening is a good idea so be sure to have the healthy snacks to hand at home as we head into the cold winter nights!

Eating slowly can help you lose weight: Fact

Eating slowly will not only make dining a far more enjoyable experience, but it can also mean taking in less calories. As it takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it is full, eating slowly can help you recognise that you are full earlier so that you do not eat more than you need to.

Superfoods will make us super healthy: Myth

No single food is a magic bullet. We don’t need to go to the Amazon for Acai berries or to China for Goji berries to be super healthy.

It is much more beneficial to focus on having a superdiet by including everyday superfoods that are all around us such as wholegrain carbohydrates, oily fish, fruit and vegetables and reduced fat dairy such as LowLow.

By LowLow Nutritionist Dr. Evelyn Hannon RPHNutr

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