7 Food Myths to Stop Believing
Sorry, eating celery doesn’t burn calories
Just as stepping on a crack won’t, in fact, break your mother’s back, there are a number of food “facts” floating around that are nothing more than old wives’ tales. Here, seven to stop believing.
Myth: If you eat watermelon seeds, a watermelon will grow in your stomach
Truth: Not only will that most certainly not happen, but these bad boys are actually super good for you. After they’re sprouted (soak them in water), they’re an excellent source of zinc, potassium and magnesium. Try sprinkling them atop a salad or snacking on them on their own.
Myth: Eating celery burns calories
Truth: Sadly, the calories you burn during digestion will never outweigh those contained in food. That said, celery has very, very few calories (about six per medium-sized stick), so you can still munch away guilt-free.
Myth: Cooking carrots depletes their nutritional value
Truth: Turns out, Grandma was on to something with those boiled bad boys. The orange veggie is actually healthier cooked than raw, since cooking better preserves carrots’ good-for-you antioxidants and vitamin A.
Myth: Chocolate causes acne
Truth: While foods with a high glycemic index (white breads, potatoes, etc.) can cause acne by triggering spikes in blood sugar, chocolate is safely on the no-zit list. In fact, chocolate (especially the dark variety) has a ton of health benefits, from reducing your risk for heart attack and stroke to improving blood flow and life expectancy.
Myth: Twinkies last forever
Truth: As nice as it would be to see one of these cream-filled cakes survive a nuclear holocaust, in reality, they’ve got a shelf life of about 45 days.
Myth: The five-second rule
Truth: Hate to break it to you, but this one is pretty false. According to research from Clemson University, food that’s fallen on the floor can pick up toxic salmonella bacteria in even just a few seconds--especially on a tiled or wooden surface.
Myth: A juice cleanse will detox your system
Truth: If you really want to subsist on nothing but kale for seven days, more power to you. But don't do it for any alleged "detoxifying" reasons. See, the body is in a constant state of detoxifying itself, and all you need to stay clean on the inside is good, old-fashioned balanced food. On top of that, juice cleanses are insanely expensive, lack essential nutrients and vitamins and have been shown to have offer some pretty scary side effects. Also: We heart chewing.