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Video: Fruit And Vegetable Myths
Fruit and vegetable myths
Myth 1: Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than frozen or shredded ones
Fact: Many fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and low in calories. Frozen and chopped fruits and vegetables are as nutritious as fresh ones. Frozen and shredded foods are often packaged immediately after harvest to preserve most of the nutrients. Fresh foods can sometimes lose nutrients from exposure to light and air and from prolonged storage.
Myth 2: Certain foods, such as pineapple, grapefruit, celery, or kale soup, can burn fat and lose weight
Fact: There are no such products. Certain foods, when exposed to caffeine, can increase the metabolic rate (the rate at which the body burns energy or calories) for a short period of time, but these foods do not cause weight loss. The best way to lose weight is to reduce your calorie intake and increase your physical activity.
Myth 3: Carrots are high in sugar
Fact: There are 52 calories in one cup of grated raw carrots and only 12 grams of carbs, of which half are simple sugars, and the rest is heart-healthy fiber and other complex carbs. Moreover, the sugar in carrots is “included” with vitamins and minerals. But most importantly, carrots:
stabilizes blood sugar levels thanks to beta-carotene and fiber;
- protects the eyes thanks to vitamin A;
- heals the intestines, thanks to falcarinol.
- stabilizes blood pressure, as it contains a substance cocoamine, which lowers blood pressure; in addition, one baked potato, together with the skin, covers 20% of the body's daily need for potassium, a well-known fighter against high blood pressure.
- energizes the vitamins in one ear (25%) needed to convert carbohydrates into energy;
- Provides visual acuity thanks to the content of zeaxanthin and lutein, chemicals that provide an "look like an eagle."
Myth 4: There is no benefit from Iceberg lettuce
Fact: Iceberg salad is just a storehouse of useful substances. It strengthens bones as 1 cup of lettuce provides about 20% of the daily value of vitamin K, which strengthens bones and prevents fractures. The vitamin A content protects the eyes (a cup of lettuce contains 15% of the daily value) and maintains sharp eyesight. For those who are losing weight, salad helps to follow a diet, because it contains almost a daily intake of vitamin B9, as well as sodium, which is 60% more potassium, which is important when following a diet.
Myth 5: Potatoes make you fat
Fact: One medium baked potato contains only 161 calories plus 4 grams of fiber. For potato lovers, there's a bonus: cooked chilled potatoes contain resistant starch that has been proven to be slimming. The main thing is to watch the portion! And also potatoes:
helps to cope with diseases, for example, potatoes contain flavonoids that help fight heart ailments and can reduce the risk of lung and prostate cancer, as well as strengthen the immune system;
Myth 6: Corn contains one starch
Fact: Corn contains solid carbohydrates, but … the highest quality is complex. One large ear contains 15% of the daily fiber, while corn still contains fructose, as well as:
protects the heart, as corn kernels contain folates, B vitamins, which reduce the concentration of harmful homocysteine in the blood (over 10% in the cob) and thereby protect the heart;
Myth 7: Fruit juices are low in calories
Fact: Fruit juices, which provide the vitamins the body needs, are very high in calories. A glass of grape or apple juice provides roughly 200 calories - like two large apples or medium-sized potatoes. Juice takes up little space in the stomach and is absorbed very quickly, while fruits and potatoes take much longer to digest, take up more space and give a feeling of fullness.
Because fruit juice is quickly absorbed, blood sugar levels can spike quickly, triggering a massive release of insulin, the hormone responsible for energy storage. This spike in insulin can increase fat storage, and lead to increased appetite after sugar levels return to normal.