Six health food facts that need a second look.

6 health foodsHealth food facts, can you believe them 100 %?

If like most people you don’t have the time to research the health food facts we are told, then we need to trust that the information we have been provided is the best and most appropriate.

In this post, I hope to make you think about the health food facts you may take for granted and start to question some of the facts we are expected to take on face value.


The following six foods may be on your healthy eating list but are they actually as good as they are claimed to be?

While I am not saying that there is anything wrong with eating any form of healthy diet, that contains a range of fruit and vegetables, the following are a few of the facts I have looked at while trying to improve my own diet.

I hope you find it useful.


Health Food Facts, The reality


Superfoods

There are some foods that surpass all others in their health benefits: Pomegranates “protect against cancer” while Broccoli is a “detoxifying miracle”.

But are any foods really better than others when a varied diet is being eaten?

Pomegranates, for example, do indeed contain lots of antioxidants which are thought to protect against cancer and Broccoli stimulates the live, hence the detoxification benefits but that’s true for other fruits and cabbage varieties too.

From a scientific point of view, it is best to eat a varied diet instead of just concentrating on a few expensive superfoods.


Spinach

This leafy green vegetable is said to be good for the blood and therefore good for our health. It contains high levels of iron and for this reason, should be eaten to maintain a healthy level of natural iron intake.

In reality, the iron contained in spinach is actually comparatively low, at just 4.1 milligrams per 100 grams.

Alternatives?

Well If you’re looking to up your iron intake, you would be better off eating Oysters (6.2mg/100g), Chocolate (6.7mg) or Pistachios (7.3mg).


Carrots

People who eat a lot of carrots have better eyesight, because the vegetable contains Beta-Carotene and improves our vision.
OK, hold on…


Lets look at the origin of “carrots are good for the eyes” shall we?

Due to a temporary oversupply of carrots during world war 2, propaganda spread by the UK Government, stated that the RAF’s exceptional night-flying was due to eating carrots.


The Beta-Carotene in carrots is converted into Vitamin A in the body, which is an important Vitamin for healthy eyes but while Beta-Carotene is important for the visual process, Vitamin A can be found in a wide range of fruit and vegetables.

So… high carrot consumption is not required.


Lemons

So, If you’re ill, some of us were told that you you should drink as much lemon juice as possible as no other food contains as much Vitamin C.

Reality…?

Well it may be true that lemons have a relatively high Vitamin C content, at about 53mg per 100g of fruit but Kiwis and even Peppers contain several times that amount.

Acerola cherries actually have 32 times the Vitamin C content of Lemons. so next time you’re under the weather and shopping for tissues, pick up some Acerola cherries too!


Rice

“Rice is a considerably healthy, wholesome alternative to fatty potatoes.”

OK, Wholegrain rice does indeed contain many Minerals and Vitamins, but white rice, like potatoes, is made up almost entirely of carbohydrates and has very few nutrients.


Alternatives to White Rice.

Black Rice-

Sweet, nutty and chewy. The bran layer of black rice contains a surfeit of anthocyanins, the same type of antioxidants found in dark berries.

Brown Rice-

Jasmine or Basmati still contain their germ and bran layers.

Wild Rice-

Actually, an aquatic grass wild rice has a chewy texture and smoky, nutty flavour which stands up well to rich-tasting items like game meats or when used in soups and salads.


Soya

I am sure Soya is great for some, but this is what I found and it has personally put me off Soya.

  • The food and drug administration in the USA recommends no more than 25g of soya protein per day.
  • 25g of soya protein is about 300g of tofu or 800ml of soya milk.
  • Soya products contain isoflavones that can have a carcinogenic effect if excess consumption occurs.

Conclusion.

Well, it is safe to say that all healthy foods can be good for you in moderation.

Just remember to vary the colours of the fruit and veg that you consume and aim for, at the very least, 1 fruit and 4 vegetable portions per day in order to get the best mix of nutrients.

If you found this post useful, you may also like my post on the health benefits of Matcha Tea , What you need to know about Cholesterol , Recovering from IBS and Coeliac disease

I hope this post has been useful and I would love to hear what your favourite foods are and how do they improve your health.

Please let me know in the comments below.

Till Next Time…

Wishing You Health and Happiness.
Bob

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