When it comes to eating habits and diet, there are many myths that do the rounds. Internet is always abuzz with different theories and it has in a way become a trend. Like ghee was a majorly questioned food item which was earlier accused of fattening you up and adding to the calories and being bad for you and now it is recommended by many that a spoon or two a day is good. There are many such myths which need to be clarifies and here a few of them listed by Nutritionist Asma Alam that you must know.
The Egg-Yolk Theory!
Consuming a whole egg, i.e., the egg white and yolk together will provide you with the precise amount of calories, protein and fat. Eggs are one of the simplest and most cost-effective sources for anyone who wants to build muscle. One medium egg contains about 185mg cholesterol, 69 calories, 6 grams of high quality protein and 13 essential vitamins and minerals.
They have been given a biological value of 100 which makes calorie counting easy. One special nutrient with which whole eggs are loaded with is choline. It has a variety of roles including nervous system health, DNA synthesis, fat transport and metabolism, brain and memory development. Consumption of whole eggs also raises HDL, decreases the probability of vision problems and boosts immunity.
Vegetable Oils: Healthy Or Unhealthy?
The word ‘vegetable oil’ does not mean that the oil is healthy! In fact, vegetable oils are unstable at high temperatures and grow rancid when used for cooking. This increases free radicals which also triggers inflammation and chronic inflammation is the leading risk factor in heart diseases and cardiovascular problems.
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Apart from the unusual levels of omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats, there are also pesticides, additives along with chemicals involved during the processing of these oils. They also contain unnatural antioxidants to increase the shelf life which are known to produce cancer compounds in the body and are associated with problems like infertility, kidney and liver damage, as well as immune system issues.
Carbonated Fruit Juices Are Healthy?
The fruit juices or smoothies that you purchase from the stores are filled with added sugar and gms of carbs per bottle. In many cases, it is no better than drinking a few cubes of sugar in water. Constant consumption of sugar beverages are associated with a high risk of developing type-II diabetes.
On the contrary, even if you make fruit juices at home, you will be removing the flesh and the skin of the fruit which contains a good amount of fibre, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals hiding in there. Furthermore, fructose in fruits is processed by our liver and the instantaneous rush of sugar all together while drinking juice is too much for our liver to process at once. So, it converts a large quantity of it into fat which is apparently not the same with fruits. Thus, always go for whole fruits and drink water instead, for staying hydrated.
Carrots & A Healthy Eyesight!
Carrots do not really help you see in the dark but are definitely a great source for maintaining a healthy eyesight. It is because carrots are good sources of lutein and beta carotene which our body converts into vitamin A. These antioxidants help prevent eye damage and age-related degenerative problems caused by free radicals.
Orange carrots are mostly high in beta carotene. Our body utilises and absorbs this beta carotene more efficiently through cooked carrots rather than raw ones. Also, since vitamin A is fat soluble vitamin, consuming it with a fat source improves its absorption. Apart from vision benefits, carrots may reduce the risk of cancer, stabilise blood sugar levels, protect our skin as well as support weight loss and digestive health.
Hope this clarified some of your doubts! Saty tuned to HerZindagi and stay healthy.