14 Food Myths That Many People Have Believed For Years

There is a little bit of truth behind most food myths, but they remain myths for a reason. Although they have been firmly believed for years, there isn’t any positive evidence to prove their validity.  What are some of the most common myths regarding food? Check them out!

  • Sugar and carbohydrate cause diabetes and obesity

It is generally believed that sugar and carbohydrates cause obesity.  However, it turns out that if you don’t eat sugar, you will actually deprive the body of beneficial energy. 

Sugar converts to carbohydrates, which is fine if consumed in moderation.  What does cause obesity is overeating foods with high sugar and carbohydrate content that you don’t burn as energy.  According to the experts, you should get 655 of your body`s nutritional needs from foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates.

  • Superfoods are healthier

Superfoods are known for their health benefits, out of which the ability to prevent cell damage, that is associated with cancer, is the most outstanding.  However, the truth is that they are just ordinary food products which have been hyped with the science talk about anthocyanins, glucosinolates, or omega-3 fats.

The European Food Safety Authority reviewed evidence that indicated superfoods have no better health benefits than regular food.

  • Everyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet

Not everyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet, so you will not reap any benefits if you switch to it without any medical reason.  The truth is that it is beneficial only for those with celiac disease and people diagnosed with gluten intolerance.

  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away

While apples are a healthy and quite filling snack, no evidence proves it will lessen your visits to the doctor if you eat one daily, according to Harvard Health. Still, if you are a fan of apples, continue eating them frequently.  This doesn’t diminish their health benefits.

  • Brown sugar is healthier than white sugar

Experts say that there isn’t any difference between the two. As a matter of fact, high intake of sugar, regardless of its type, can still raise your blood sugar levels and your risk of obesity.

  • Spicy foods may cause an ulcer

In the past, it was believed that spicy foods inflame the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines and thus trigger stomach ulcers.   In fact, ulcers develop as a result of bacterial attack on the stomach.  This means that you can develop the condition even if you aren’t a fan of spicy foods, because of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

  • Drinking milk can increase congestion if you are sick with cold or flu

Many people believe that consuming milk and dairy products when you have a cold or flu can worsen the condition because it increases the production of mucus.   This myth has existed for centuries and it is even found in Chinese medical writings, according to BBC.  However, an Australian study has proven that milk has no significant impact on the quality of the nasal secretions.

  • Cranberry juice is great for urinary tract infections

Cranberry juice contains compounds which help the bladder wall keep bacteria away, so many people believe that it helps with treating urinary tract infection (UTI). However, studies haven’t proven that cranberry juice is a good UTI treatment. If you are dealing with an infection, the best would be to consult a doctor.

  • Organic food is always better

Organic foods are green free of pesticides and herbicides, so they are deemed safer and healthier. However, a Stanford University study suggests that there isn’t any considerable evidence to show organic food products carry fewer health risks to chemical exposure as they are also not 100% pesticide-free.

  • Juice cleansing will help you lose weight easier

Juice cleanses work for weight loss because they are low in calories.  However, the results will not last and you will not have a positive effect.  In fact, if you are only drinking juice to manage your weight, you will be depriving your body of nutrients.

  • The calories you take in at night can be more fattening than your calorie intake in the day

The calorie intake doesn’t automatically increase at night and it counts the same regardless of the time you eat. However, what can be more fattening is the type of food you consume. It has been scientifically shown that late-eaters are prone to eat more than their body needs and typically make bad choices. Bottom line, eating food during the night time can only cause a weight gain if you overindulge

  • Eggs are not good for the heart

Egg yolk contains 211 mg of cholesterol, which contains fatty stuff which is bad for the heart.  However, healthy individuals can keep eating an egg daily and it won’t cause any problems. The main foods that are bad for the heart are those high in trans fat or saturated fats. These raise blood cholesterol levels more than the cholesterol from eggs.

  • Raw foods have essential enzymes for better digestion

Many people assume that cooking their veggies will strip essential enzymes that promote healthy digestion.  However, experts explain that these enzymes are only necessary for the survival of the plants and not for the health of human.

  • Food is a fashion statement

People need to understand that food is not a trend, but a health issue. It exists to consume, not to use as a statement.  You eat something because you know its nutritional value and its benefits, not to create an image as if it is an accessory.