Apart from Greek mythology, there probably isn’t any subject as associated with myths as food and cooking. As far as there has been a community surrounding the culinary arts, there have been as many rumours lambasting certain foods while praising others for their restorative powers – such is the power of food myths.
But what if those rumours were lies? Here are five food myths which aren’t actually true according to the Guardian writers.
1. White pasta doesn’t actually make you gain weight
Carbohydrates have always been given a hard time, which is weird, because they’re so delicious. But, as time has proven, the health freaks will make carbs, especially white pasta, the undisputed enemy. That said, by cooking and eating white pasta ‘al dente’ (which is basically undercooked), it will retain the same glycemic index as brown or wholewheat pasta.
2. Kale is not that super of a food
Smoothie culture has brought kale to the forefront of vegetable celebrity. It’s the hallmark ‘superfood’ which, actually, isn’t any more super than other greens. It turns out that clever PR agencies have painted this antioxidant peddler to be the messiah of reducing disease risks. In actuality, kale contains the same amount of nutritional goodness as the sorely under-appreciated cabbage and broccoli.
3. Red meat is not the villain you think it is
Associated with the devil himself, red meat is the main offender when it comes to ‘leading causes’ of heart disease. Filling your face with a rare steak every meal won’t do you any favours, however, red meat is actually a great source of protein and vital minerals. The stigma associated with the stuff stems from loose observational data from diet surveys so as far as we’re concerned, keep it on the menu – in moderation, of course.
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4. Give whole milk a chance
A change that unfurls parallel to age, the blue milk caps slowly turn to red as one develops a more discerning palate and a heightened consciousness for their health and fat intake. That said, a recent study has suggested that organic whole milk is your best bet in avoiding ‘metabolic syndrome’ commonly associated with diabetes and heart disease. Whole milk looks to be making a comeback very soon so get on board – the rawer the better.
5. Calories eaten at night are exactly the same as day calories
We’re told not to consume too much grub prior to sleeping if we want to avoid putting on weight over night. However, according to doctor of behavioural medicine, John Foreyt, calories are calories, regardless of when they are consumed. We’re obligated to tell you that this doesn’t mean that you can go knives and forks blazing at 1am and it won’t make a difference – it’s never that easy.