10 Common Indian Food and Health Myths Busted

Food myths have always left people wondering what to eat and what to avoid to ensure good health. Scientists and health experts have busted some food myths existing in India for years. 10 of the most common Indian food myths have been smashed here:

1. Desi Ghee is Bad for Health

Desi ghee has been given a bad name by the so called ‘health specialists’ and dieticians. They have created cholesterophobia (fear of developing excess cholesterol in the body) among people. This exaggerated notion made people banish the saturated fat from the Indian kitchen. However, all of these speculations have proved wrong. According to results of a study conducted by AIIMS and published in the Indian Council Of Medical Research, it has been revealed that the Desi Ghee comprises 65 per cent saturated fat and 32 per cent MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids). MUFA is a type of dietary fat found in olive oil. This also known as the highly desirable type of dietary fat and facilitates cholesterol reduction. Medical experts believe that the fat is more desirable as compared to PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) as it does not reduce good cholesterol (HDL). In fact, desi ghee is better than other oils used for cooking such as cottonseed oils, sunflower, corn oil, and safflower oil.

2. Suji (Semolina) is a Good Diet Food

No it is not nutritious whole grain. In fact, suji is granular form of white flour (maida). So it does not help you stay healthy or lose weight.

3. Eggs are High in Cholesterol

Egg comprises of around 215 mg cholesterol. Having a single yolk will give you 300 mg cholesterol which makes for the entire day’s limit. However, egg cholesterol does not have much impact on blood cholesterol levels. A study was published in the year 2012 in National Center for Biotechnology Information. According to this study, numerous clinical trials for assessing effects of long-term egg consumption were conducted. The results revealed that consumption of eggs had no negative impact on cardiovascular health. This study also cited the assumption by Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2010 that dietary cholesterol consumption (an egg a day) is not harmful. The consumption did not make any negative changes in the levels of serum triglyceride lipoprotein cholesterol.

4. Reduce Salt for Lowering Blood Pressure

Although reducing salt intake helps reducing blood pressure, losing weight will have more impact on blood pressure.

5. Sugar Leads to Weight Gain

This is untrue! Carbohydrates will not lead to weight gain unless they increase your overall calorie intake.

6. Consumption of Carrots Improves Eyesight

This is an old belief. Although carrots are a good source of Vitamin A which plays a crucial role in eye health, there are no scientific evidences that it improves eyesight or help one get rid of glasses.

7. Late Night Food will Make you Fat

It definitely will if you eat more calories. There’s no weight gain if you eat right. Simply focus on eating fewer calories than you burn off.

8. Artificial Sweeteners keep You in Shape

Wrong! According to a new study, it has been revealed that the brain can easily differentiate between real and artificial sugar. So when you eat food with artificial sweeteners, you will be hit by excess cravings for sugar. It is better to cut down on real sugar and stay away from its artificial version.

9. Rice and Potatoes are Bad for Weight Watchers

Each food item is rich in some nutrition value. So if you banish it completely from your diet, your body will get deprived of those nutrients. Potatoes are rich in vitamins and fibre. Rice is rich in starch and should be included in diet in some amounts. All you need to do is consume these foods in right proportion.

10. Sweating helps Shed Weight

Well, you need to shed some buckets of sweat for achieving the goal! Sweating is a mechanism of human body to maintain normal body temperature. And that’s what it exactly does. Nothing more – nothing less! The process has nothing to do with weight loss.

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