Today we know more than ever about our food and body. Unfortunately, with all that knowledge, a huge amount of myths are coming up – and they are strangely stubborn. Wrongly interpreted studies, smart advertising campaigns and simple misunderstandings ensure that food myths still flourish.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to eat healthily if you do not know exactly what your food does and does not do. And that is why we have compiled this list of 18 frequently heard food myths! Wondering which fables you still neatly comply with by accident? After reading this article you will be a little wiser.
Myths about nutrition
The difficulty with nutritional myths is that they often sound a lot better than the scientific truth. We all want a magical way to lose weight or a fast way to prevent diseases. Moreover, the less accurate ‘facts’ do it better at parties and social media. So the fables spread so fast – and we now have this long list together.
18 food myths
1. Cucumbers contain negative calories
The idea of this fable: cucumbers contain so few calories that you already burn more energy when eating them . Sounds nice, but unfortunately that is not entirely how it works! In this blog about negative calories we will explain more about the nonsense of the idea.
2. Fish and spinach are a dangerous combination
The Voedingscentrum advised against eating fish and spinach together for a while . That would ensure that the nitrate from spinach would be converted into hazardous substances. On closer inspection, however, it appears to be negligibly small quantities!
3. Roots turn orange
Carrots do indeed contain beta-carotene, an orange colorant. And if you really eat a lot of it, your skin could indeed turn orange. However, you must make it very colorful with carrot consumption; this is therefore no reason to leave roots behind.
4. Bananas are thickeners
A banana contains around 100 calories, or a little more if you really have a large one. That is not so much more than an apple, for example. And it’s a lot less than a bowl of oatmeal . No fatter, so!
5. Fruit juice is just as healthy as fruit
Unfortunately: fruit juice is something like fruit , but without the healthy ingredients. Fiber and vitamins have often largely disappeared. What remains is sugar water, which contains approximately as many calories as cola .
6. Coffee will dry you out
Coffee can cause you to go to the toilet a little more often and therefore lose more moisture. However, that is more than offset by the moisture that you get with the coffee itself. Moreover, the effect decreases with regular coffee drinkers! See also our article about coffee and dehydration!
7. Wine is healthy
The red wine issue is a tricky one. Indeed, there are benefits to a glass a day: it contains antioxidants . But alcohol also has many disadvantages, and those polyphenols are also found in other foods. Occasionally you can, but definitely don’t drink extra red wine !
8. Milk is unhealthy
From ‘the white motor’ to ‘the white poison’ – milk has fallen pretty much off its pedestal. And not really, unfortunately … Most Dutch people are perfectly capable of digesting lactose. Do you have no intolerance to lactose? Then a glass of milk a day is absolutely no problem!
9. Eggs are bad for your cholesterol
Egg yolks contain cholesterol , hence the advice to eat a maximum of three a week. But: eating cholesterol does not automatically cause more cholesterol in your body. No research was found in this study between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease. An egg a day can be fine!
10. Dark bread is always better
It would be nice if it were so well-arranged, but unfortunately. The color of breadsays little about the fibers present, because many manufacturers also color their bread artificially darker. So always read the label. Wholemeal bread is good anyway: that term is officially protected.
11. Gluten is unhealthy
There is nothing about gluten – for the vast majority of people. If you’re not intolerant of it, it’s probably even healthier to just eat gluten-free products! With replacement, there is a chance that you will incur deficits.
12. Spelled is gluten free
It is unclear where this bizarre fable comes from, because it is simply pertinently untrue. Perhaps it is the hype about spell, so that with those benefits it has passed on to non-existent benefits? Whatever the case: spelled contains gluten. Do not give it to people with celiac disease.
13. Gingerbread is a responsible snack
Gingerbread still has a remarkably healthy reputation in the Netherlands. Something with traditional Dutch food and those tempting plates of fiber and grain on the packaging, probably. Unfortunately, that cake contains more sugarthan fiber. So let it stand!
14. Sugar is poison
There is nothing wrong with sugar itself – provided it is eaten in normal quantities. And that’s where things go wrong in our society. However, that does not make sugar poison: even water is fatal in excessive amounts. You really won’t die if you eat something from time to time.
15. Chocolate gives you pimples
There is no such thing as one food that will cause your skin to ignite. Pimples is a result of hormones , poor skin care or a generally poor diet. A bar of chocolate per day does not help, but that applies to everything that contains a lot of sugar.
16. Natural sugars are healthier than granulated sugar
Sugar is sugar. Whether you call it sugar, honey , maple syrup or date concentrate: it remains exactly the same substance. And yes, even in fruit it is still the same stuff: there you only have the advantage of the many fibers, vitamins and minerals.
17. Sea salt is healthier than kitchen salt
The problem with salt is that it contains sodium . That applies again to all types of salt, even if it is called Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan salt: your blood pressure really makes no difference.
18. Lemon juice stimulates fat burning
We can make a general rule of this food myth: there is no food that will cause you to burn magic fat. No matter how nice it sounds, no matter how exotic a supplement is, it just doesn’t happen. This also applies to lemon juice!