Myths About Vegetables
Vegetables are good, they are delicious and vital for the body. Someone just said yuck to that sentence.😂 Vegetables are like little ninjas ready to fight for our health.
Let’s take a deeper look into some of these myths. (Also check out the recipe below)
Brighter Vegetables are better?
It has been said that the more vibrant the color of a vegetable the richer it is.
Truth: In the case of Kale over Romaine lettuce this prove this theory true.
However: Cauliflower is white (dull) and has tons of antioxidants. There is even white cabbage that has loads of vitamins.
Point: There are plenty of vegetables that are not rich in color that still has its benefit and could even outrank some of the brighter vegetables.
Fresh is better vs. Frozen or Canned.
Of course, if you grow your own fruits and vegetable it would be the healthier choice to eat. To be able to eat your food fresh off the vine, the direct source, would allow you to get all the benefits without it being watered down.
Truth: The fresh fruits from the grocery store, often times has a lot of chemicals, unless you are buying organic. They are often imported or travelled from a distance, time could affect their methods to preserve and time can diminish the valuable nutrients.
However: The impact of traveling fruits and vegetables, was essential the reason that they began being frozen and canned. Take peas for example, if frozen immediately it would hold it’s nutrition value. In the case of some canned vegetables, like pumpkin, it could even increase the value.
Point: When fresh is an option, make it priority because it is better. Be cautious of where you buy your fruits and vegetables. While canned food is not all evil, keep the preservatives (i.e. sodium content) in mind.
Raw Veggies vs. Cooked Veggies
Raw or cooked, taste will be the deciding factor on which one will win.
Truth: Cooking can cause some loss of nutrients, however, it can also create a gain in the increase of nutrients. One example in this case is tomatoes, when cooked it releases more lycopene than when eaten raw. Lycopene can help the body fight off diseases. Cooking could also help breaking down fibers, which helps the body process it much easier.
However: There are not much comparable difference between the two, because they are many factors to be weighed.
Point: The type of vegetable, the way it is stored, the way it was grown are amongst some of the factors that affects the value of nutritional benefits. Cooked or raw, you are still getting plenty of nutrients.
Spinach has lots of iron (Popeye got strong, so will you)
Point: Yes, spinach is good for you, but unlike Popeye it will not make you stronger. The myth started when a scientist misplaced one decimal point about the content of iron. Later studies proved that spinach has no more iron when compared to other iron filled vegetables. It is still delicious and has plenty of benefits.
Carrots improve eyesight
Truth: Carrots has beta-carotene, when ingested, the body converts it to Vitamin A. The body use Vitamin A for vision, bone growth and skin health. Lack of Vitamin A can cause low visibility in lightly dimmed situations.
However: While it will not improve pass damages, it can help maintain a healthy retina.
Point: It helps to eat carrots, but don’t expect is to be the cure.
Sweet potatoes vs. White Potatoes
Sweet potatoes have been thought of to be more superior than white potatoes.
Truth: Potatoes have a similar nutritional profile.
However: “The problem with white potatoes is that the majority are consumed as French fries and potato chips. Eat them without the added fat and sodium, and you’ll reap the benefits of the potato’s potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.” -MyFoodDiary
Point: Potatoes have folic acid which helps with lowering blood pressure when eating correctly.
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