Chew on This: 3 Myths About Food + The Truth


Got a question about some food-related myth? There’s a lot of those out there.

If you search Google, check your social media feed, or ask your know-it-all neighbor or co-worker about that food question you have, you might not get the truth. So we decided to serve it to you straight.

Here are three common food myths debunked, plus the truth based on facts, research and science.

Food Myth #1: Sugar is more addictive than cocaine

So you dig into a bucket of ice cream and eat the whole thing. Maybe you tear open a package of cookies, and before you know it, you’re chomping down the last one. Or you chug a sugary-soda, and then pop open another. That’s anecdotal evidence suggesting sugar is so addictive, you just...can’t...stop.

The truth. Research shows sugar can activate areas of the brain linked to cravings and pleasure. No study in humans has proven it’s more addictive than cocaine. But research does show too much sugar raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other health problems.

Food Myth #2: Calories don’t really mean anything

You the time you ate two slices of chocolate cake. Those were calorie free...right? There’s a myth out there that calories don’t really matter. And there are others who think strictly counting calories is the only path to weight management.

The truth. Calories do matter. Water is pretty much the only natural food that’s calorie free. Everything else contains calories and has some kind of nutritional profile that can have an impact on your health for good or not so good. Some foods can even help boost metabolism and curb hunger. And if you’re trying to lose weight, the number of calories you consume vs. the number of calories you burn through exercise and activities of daily living DO matter.

Myth #3: Microwaving food contaminates it with radiation

Grab some left overs and pop them in the microwave. Pick your favorite prepared meal from the freezer and heat it up in just a couple of minutes. It’s highly convenient. But is it harmful? There’s a myth out there that suggests microwaving food contaminates it with radiation.

The truth: Microwaves use radiation to heat food, but it’s designed to prevent the radiating from damaging the food. In fact, microwaving food is healthier and preserves more nutrients than other cooking methods including boiling and frying. It’s safe to use your microwave.

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