Food & Nutrition

21 Common Food Myths That Are Wildly Untrue

Food myth: Frozen and canned fruits and veggies are less nutritious than fresh ones

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Healthy eating: Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than the frozen and canned variety—the instant they are picked. However, the foods you find in the produce section have often had a long journey, often spending days or even weeks in transit from the farm or orchard. During shipping and storage, natural enzymes are released in fresh fruit and vegetables that cause them to lose nutrients. By contrast, food processors quick-freeze fresh-picked produce, which preserves much of its vitamin and mineral content. Don’t miss these other 10 myths about frozen foods.

Food myth: Eating carrots will improve your eyesight

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Healthy eating: This widespread carrot myth has been around since World War II, when rumors circulated that pilots ate lots of the vegetable to keep their vision in top shape. In reality, the fighter’s bionic eyesight was the result of improved technology. (Here’s what you CAN do to protect your eyesight over time.)  Since then, the myth remains unfounded. Unless you’re way deficient in vitamin A, more carrots won’t make bad vision any better.

Food myth: Red wine is the only good-for-you alcohol

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Healthy eating: It’s true, red wine gets a lot of good press. But recent studies have found that ethanol itself—that is, the stuff that makes alcohol—is what raises levels of protective HDL, or good cholesterol, and helps reduce clotting factors that contribute to heart attack and stroke. That means that in moderation, any type of alcoholic beverage will make for a happier heart. If wine is your poison of choice, learn what happens when you drink a glass of wine every day.

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