Food myths you love to watch decompose in the light of science

September 15, 2010

Via RD.com, 7 Food Myths You Probably Know.  It’s worth reading the entire post (chock full of great dietary highlights, sponsored by our good and reliable friend, Science), but here are some especial favorites:

  • “Eggs are also filled with plenty of useful nutrients that may offset any damage done by their cholesterol content, including unsaturated fat, folate and other B vitamins, and minerals. And if you shop around, you can find eggs that are enriched with healthful omega-3 fatty acids.”
  • “For starters, salad dressings made with healthy monounsaturated fats, such as olive or canola oil, may help prevent heart disease and other conditions. What’s more, a recent study shows that you may be missing out on important disease protection by going oil-free. That’s because without some fat in the meal, your digestive tract won’t absorb many of the nutrients in a salad.”
  • “By contrast, food processors quick-freeze fresh-picked produce, which preserves much of its vitamin and mineral content. “With some fruits and vegetables, you actually lock in a higher nutrient content by freezing,” says Douglas Archer, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of Florida.”
  • “To be sure, nuts contain a lot of fat, but it’s mostly the good kind. Dry-roasted peanuts, for example, have three to four times more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat than saturated fat. Recent research suggests that eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may even help you lose weight. Researchers believe that the fat in nuts helps people feel full, and the protein may use up calories as it digests.”
  • “As it turns out, though, it’s the alcohol in red wine — and white wine and beer — that’s responsible for most of its heart-related benefits. Large population studies suggest that most people enjoy at least some health benefits from sipping any form of alcohol in moderation. For example, the Harvard School of Public Health asked more than 38,000 men about their drinking habits, then checked up on them 12 years later. Men who had up to a drink or two per day were 37 percent less likely to have had heart attacks than men who rarely or never indulged.”

Required reading for anyone that prefers long life over an early grave.

I love scientists.  Without them, Earth would still be flat and at the very center of the universe (er, see heliocentrism).

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1 Comment

  • Reply hello.psyche September 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks! a different apple!

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