Trrinngg!! its time people for hearing about something healthy and helpful for your lifestyle :) So the pharmacist in me in unveiling its second personality.. :D Today I am going to bust out some myths about the food.. So here goes some of the myths that you have heard about…
Food, as you know, is an inevitable part of our life. It is the fuel to our body. The body, to sustain its daily flow, receives energy from food. Some people have it as a part of life. While some people have it as a part of them :P While some saints goes for days without food, to attain eternity. In its different forms, food plays a vital role in ratifying the life on earth. Its unto us, to adapt the choices of our food. Even here you can find distinctive characters. Some people choose it depending on the taste and the pleasure it gives and some limit their diets to green leaves. While some is careful about the amount of food. Now let’s get back to the topic. Today I’m gonna explore some ten myths about food that I have come across as an entity. Here are they…
#1: Drinking water in between your meals will mess up your digestion
This one been passed down from generations. Even I have been advised by my elders to not to drink water in between meals. While drinking water will fill you up, it certainly will not damage your digestive process. It can do your system some good. So ensure you are drinking enough water throughout the day.
#2: Having fruits immediately after a meal is not good for you
It was my normal routine to have some dessert after food. Even after hearing this myth, I feel like to have fruits after meals. If you think that this is a myth, then you are going to be surprised. There is actually some truth in it. Experts advice having fruits immediately after a meal may cause digestive problems like gas and acidity. Fruits also hamper with the digestion of certain nutrients which is why it’s advisable to wait an hour before reaching for that fruit bowl after a heavy meal :)
#3: Papaya should be avoided during pregnancies
This myth is extremely common in India. I have heard the elders advising the pregnant women not to take papaya as it may seriously affect their pregnancy.While raw papaya or even a semi ripe one has been known to trigger uterine contractions, a completely ripe papaya is rich in vitamins and minerals which are actually beneficial for pregnant women. However, if you are pregnant, check with your doctor before including papaya in your diet.
#4:The skin of an apple contains no nutrients
Another myth that has been heard by me. My mother always used to peel the skin of apple telling that it doesn’t contain any required vitamins. While I was browsing this particular site (from which the information is derived) they say that it is infact a myth. The apple peel is known to have a higher concentration of antioxidants than the flesh. While we jump into the conclusion and take a bite into an unpeeled fresh apple, just remember that apples nowadays are polished with wax to make them look shiny and glossy. So rinse your apple properly before eating. ( why apples are so nutritious here)
#5:Eating after 7 pm will make you fat
Whenever I visit some weight loss sites, they say that eating after 7pm or 8pm will make you fat. I ‘did’ believe it, but I never made any conscious effort to not to eat after 8pm. Infact I increased my food after the sunset :P Well experts say that its not when you eat that can make you fat, but what you eat and the amount of calories you consume makes you fat. The only thing late night eating does is hampering with your sleep pattern. ( more about healthy midnight snacks)
#6:Having milk immediately after eating fish
There are so many beliefs associated with this particular myth. Some believe that the combination will make you sick or will make spots appear on the skin. There is no scientific reason given why you cannot have milk and fish together.
#7: You should not swim/shower immediately after a meal
This is also another advice given by my parents, grandparents and all other elderly relatives. Well, a bit of browsing also told me that this myth is however likely to be true. The site from which this information is given, however gives some other concept saying to go right ahead for a leisurely dip after a meal. This is what they claim.. “The myth says that blood flows to your stomach during digestion, reducing blood flow to other muscles which may lead to cramps and drowning. Experts maintain that it’s not just swimming which makes you feel uncomfortable, any intense work out immediately after eating may induce vomiting and cramps. So if you’re out for a leisurely dip after a meal, go right ahead!”
#8: Having chocolate causes acne
I love chocolate! :P I always feel guilty whenever I grab a chunk of auburn cocoa filled rich, alluring bar of chocolate and melt in its sapidity. It helps you to gain weight ( a small tip from me :P ) This myth doesn’t have any conclusive scientific evidence to back it. Experts maintain that different foods may cause your skin to breakout into pimples and for some people that food just may be chocolate. ( tips to help soothe acne prone skin.) So all the chocolate lovers…..we can relax! :D
#9: Having kesar (saffron) during pregnancy makes your baby fair
Another common myth, extremely heard in India, especially the rural parts. Milk and saffron may be good for you, but it will not help your baby become fairer. The skin colour of the baby depends solely on the parents genes.
#10: If you swallow a chewing gum, it stays in your stomach for seven years before it gets digested
I have heard a different myth, that swallowing a chewing gum is fatal. It frightened me more when I swallowed a gum surprisingly. It is true that your body cannot digest a chewing gum, but it won’t take seven years to digest, that’s quite unusual! It undergoes normal routines of digestive process intact and gets excreted through the feces. I would warn you though, if you’re going to swallow large amounts of chewing gum, it may result in intestinal blockage.. :P
That’s it..I have done my job in passing out a healthy information. Now its upto your senses to accept it, follow it or ignore it :) I would like to know your feedback regarding this..
This information have been solely derived from mDhil..which one of my reference sites.. :) Just check out the additional links provided here if you have ample amount of time to check on your health..Have a good day!