Food Myth Busting

Myth – Eggs are bad for your heart
Yes eggs do contain a substantial amount of cholesterol in their yolk, around 211mg per large egg to be exact but before you ditch the breakfast staple listen closely. Studies at the Royal School of Medicine in the UK found that dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with blood cholesterol or any heart disease. In fact, it is the increase in the level of saturated fat that leads to heart disease and eggs contain very low levels of saturated fat.

Myth – You can’t eat unopened mussels
Stop throwing away your unopened cooked mussels! Contrary to popular belief they won’t make you sick. The abductor muscles in live mussels keep the two halves of the shell together. When the shellfish are cooked, the heat denatures the proteins of the abductor muscles, so they come unstuck from their shells. But even if the abductor muscles refuse to disintegrate in the heat, the meat has been cooked at a high enough temperature that it is safe enough to eat.

Myth – You should always stir microwaved foods
Microwaves actually cook food from the outside in, so the center of food and liquids only become hot when heat energy is passed through from the outside, so stirring won’t make your food cook any faster.

Myth – Eating late at night is bad for you
Despite what many people believe, eating late at night does not cause you to put on weight. According to West Virginia University’s Center of Health, it’s about what you eat and not when you eat that will cause you pile on the pounds. Eating a chocolate bar in the afternoon is still going to contain the same calories at 3am.

Myth – Boiling lobsters scream when cooked in hot water 🙂
Perhaps this one will let your conscious rest easy. As lobsters don’t have vocal chords the sound you’re hearing when you pop them in the pot is actually steam escaping from their shell.

Myth – Red wine is the only alcohol good for your health
Good news (for me) It turns out that all alcohol and not just red wine can have health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, beer, wine and distilled spirits can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes and having a stroke. The key? moderation of course. The Mayo Clinic advises limiting consumption up to two units per day for men and women aged under 65, and one unit per day for those over 65.

Myth – Fresh vegetables are better than frozen ones
While most people boast that fresh veggies are the way to go because they have more nutrients than their frozen counterparts, they’re actually wrong. According to research, veggies start losing their nutrients as soon as they’re picked from the farm. So by the time they reach your grocery store, they’re already depleted. Those that are picked and immediately frozen lock in more nutrients.

Myth – Cooking in a microwave lessens foods’ nutrients
Any heated cooking process will diminish nutrients in food. But because a microwave often uses less heat and shorter cooking times than a stove or oven, microwaved foods can actually retain more of the good stuff than other methods.

Myth – Carbs are evil
It seems like every diet has one common enemy carbohydrates. But it turns out poor old carbs have been getting a bad rap for no reason. While carbs like pasta and potatoes can result in weight gain, when eaten in moderation they provide fuel for the body. The whole wheat variety is a good source of fiber (white pasta still has some) and pasta is an excellent source of selenium which has antioxidant qualities and manganese, which regulates blood sugar.

Myth – Dairy is bad for you
Another waist expanding food that’s been much maligned, cheese is calorific and contains a high amount of saturated fat and often salt. Eat it sparingly for those reasons, but don’t give it up, eating it a few times a week will give your calcium, protein, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D levels a hearty boost.

Myth – Seeds are the hottest part of a chili
Recipes often instruct you to remove the seeds from a chili or a spicy pepper if you want less heat, which implies that the seeds are the source of the fire. But surprise, surprise, that’s a myth. Capsaicin, which is the chemical compound that contains fiery heat, is actually concentrated in the inner white pith or rib of the chili pepper.

Myth – If its past the expiry date you should throw it out
Before you toss anything make sure you check the label. Is it past the use by, best by or sell by date? Use-by tells us the date by which you should eat the food, but eating something two or three days after it isn’t going to hurt. Sell-by is just a date for the grocery store to know how long an item should remain on a shelf. Best-by, meanwhile, is a quality assurance date and is a suggesting for when you should eat an item at its peak.

Myth – You should only flip your meat once
We’ve all been there, staring at a steak or a burger patty on the BBQ wondering if now is the right moment for the big flip. It turns out you needn’t stress so much. To get evenly cooked meat, experts say constantly flipping, even every 30 seconds is the way to go. Better yet, it can cook your patty 30% faster.

Myth – You should always wash mushrooms
No! Step away from the sink. Because they’re porous they’ll be near impossible to fry and can become slimy after a soaking. Instead, try “dry-cleaning” them by gently brushing away any dirt or debris with a crumbled paper towel.

Happy safe holidays


2 responses to “Food Myth Busting

  1. Nice to see some balance in matter of food.

    I did wonder why CRABS were evil, but once I read it again everything became clear.



  2. Loved it. People will believe anything they read on the internet. Hopefully this will set some of them straight!


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