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Three Food Myths That Should Be Discarded

We all hear so many myths about different foods that ultimately it seems that going empty stomach would be better than eating anything. Here are three most popular myths that should be discarded completely.

Raw milk is better

If you’re going to sip cow’s milk you should go raw. The problem is, raw milk is unpasteurized.

“The importance of pasteurization has been well documented,” Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told Health.

 Raw milk, which means unpasteurized, can carry dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria, which are responsible for numerous foodborne illnesses, especially among people with weak or developing immune systems, young children, pregnant women and older adults.”

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says raw milk is one of the riskiest foods you can eat, since it can cause severe, life-threatening diseases. Pasteurization doesn’t greatly change milk’s nutrient profile; it only makes it safer to drink. Go raw at your own risk.

Microwaves Kills food’s nutrients

There is no good reason to avoid zapping your broccoli for fear that it will remove all the nutrients or worse, that you’ll be exposed to potential cancer-causing radiation.

Microwaves use low frequency radiation, which doesn’t damage your DNA or make food radioactive. Says the American Cancer Society:

“When microwave ovens are used according to instructions, there is no evidence they pose a health risk to people.”

As for the idea that they kill all nutrients? Research, like one study in the Journal of Food Science, suggests that microwaving may actually preserve antioxidant values far better than cooking methods like boiling.

 Canola oil is deadly

Cooking oil, particularly canola, is processed and treated with a solvent called hexane. It’s true, canola oil does go through a refinement process—if it didn’t it would look cloudy and would go rancid on store shelves quickly—and, yes, hexane is used. This is done to extract more of the oil from the seed itself, but [it] is evaporated off during processing.

That means virtually no hexane winds up in the oil, but in the event trace amounts remain, know you’d have to consume more oil than you ever could to experience neurological problems.

If hexane is still a concern for you, seek out cold-pressed oils. Canola is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and has a high smoke point (making it great for cooking), so there’s no reason to ditch it completely.


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