Five food myths exposed

Story Highlights

  • Do bananas make you fat?
  • Which food magically causes weight loss?
  • We expose 5 of these popular myths as false.

There are many myths about foods - what you should eat and when you should eat them. We expose 5 of these myths as false.

Myth 1: Carbohydrates make you fat

We’ve all heard of the diets that ask you to eliminate all high-carbohydrate foods, including pasta, rice, and potatoes. The truth of the matter is, the body uses carbohydrates for energy. As a matter of fact, the amount of kilojoules per gram  in carbohydrates is lower than that in fat and protein. Even if you’re watching your weight, you can enjoy moderate quantities of carbohydrates. Just be careful what you eat with them—those things we love to add to them (eg, butter and sour cream) are high in fat.

Myth 2: Bananas are full of fat

Maybe if they’re deep-fried or cooked in a cake. In fact, bananas are full of good nutrients and are very low in fat.

Myth 3: Single food diets are the way to go

A lot of diets are based on the premise that our digestive system can’t handle combinations of foods or nutrients. In fact, eating certain foods together can aid in digestion. For example to get the most iron from a meal rich in plant-based iron, such as beans and rice, drink a glass of orange juice. Vitamin C helps increase iron absorption.

Myth 4: Don’t eat after 7 pm

If you’ve got a busy life and a family to feed, sometimes this can be a little difficult to accomplish. Don’t sweat it. It’s not so much when you eat but what you eat and not just at night but during the day. Of course, indulging in sweet treats later at night, is not a good thing so make sure you eat enough during the day and at dinner so you aren’t hankering for something later on.

Myth 5: Some foods magically cause weight loss

Wouldn’t it be great if there were foods that burn off body fat? Unfortunately, foods such as grapefruit or kelp, touted to fulfil this dream actually don’t. The foodstuff that comes closest to being a fat burner is dietary fibre because it provides a feeling of fullness with minimal kilojoules.