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SIX FOOD MYTHS...

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/6-biggest-lies-about-food-busted-2391419

This is a link to a yahoo article 6 myths about food.

I think vegans/vegetarians might be happy to see myth 4 debunked... but some raw food people might not be happy about myth 3. Personally I am not very familiar with the raw food diet, so I will decline comment on the subject.

Discuss!

I think raw foodists are moving away from the myth that "we need the enyzmes in raw food".  Our body is brilliant at making the enzymes we need, including digestive enzymes and I'll be happy so see that myth go away.  Of course no one knows the benefits of plant enzymes in the human body, and they certainly don't hurt, but we don't need them and it's a poor defense of the raw foodist diet in my opinion.

That said eating whole raw foods obviously has some benefits both documented and antecdotal.  All those healthy nutrtients, phytonutrients, and antioxidants can only be good compared to the standard American diet.

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I'd never even heard of #4, but rice and beans are pretty good together anyway so I wouldn't care even if it was true.
People are so freaky about food, about what you can and can't do or you'll die of supranucleicfibrinoneglectitis. How do they think we survived (and over-flourished) without the wisdom of all the food myths?
Something I'll never forget hearing from a morbidly obese coworker as she was chowing down on fried chicken and a huge portion of mac-n-cheese- (said with a mouth full of food) "Anyone want my corn? I can't eat it 'cause it's not on my diet." ...

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lol. You guys really do know a lot about food =p

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Huh it dosent tackle the issue that animal protein (in excess) is detrimental to health.
And that current state methods of procuring animal proteins exaggerates this.

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http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/6-biggest-lies-about-food-busted-2391419

This is a link to a yahoo article 6 myths about food.

I think vegans/vegetarians might be happy to see myth 4 debunked... but some raw food people might not be happy about myth 3. Personally I am not very familiar with the raw food diet, so I will decline comment on the subject.

Discuss!

Such a very amazing link!
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Myth 4: Your body can’t use the protein from beans unless you eat them with rice.
Where in the world did they get this one?  I have never even heard this one before.

Myth 5: Microwaving zaps nutrients.
I didn't think this, but I worry that microwaves put harmful radiation in food, so as a result, I took my microwave to the basement and no longer use it. .

Myth 6: Radiation from microwaves creates dangerous compounds in your food.
Okay, just read this...I don't believe it, the microwave is staying the the basement.

What food myth are you sick of hearing people defend?
Kids need dairy to be healthy.  Ugh, I HATE this one!!!  Sooooo un true!
 

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About 'radiation,' SQ, it refers to pretty much any transferred energy. Light = radiation. Heat = infrared radiation. Microwaves are just a different-frequency radiation. They don't confer any radioactivity to the food itself; and since whatever you're cooking is good and dead by the time it hits the microwave you don't have to worry about messing up its DNA and eating mutant carrots or whatever. :P The microwaves just stimulate the food particles and cause them to move about, increasing the kinetic energy in the food, ie raising its temperature.

You just don't want to have microwaves hit -you- because you will cook. A microwave would give you cancer the same way a sunburn would.

If any physicists want to come on here and tell me I'm completely off the mark, I'd be delighted to hear it. :D

Personally, I'm really sick to death of people acting like it's hard to get enough whole grains. Really? You can get the nutrients you need without eating grains at all if you really want. And is it really so hard to eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning? Preaching to the choir here, probably...
I might just be super bitter about the whole gluten thing.

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Myth 1: Eggs are bad for your heart.
The fact is that eggs are still chicken ovulation and contain more than 2/3 recommended daily value of cholesterol. And the body may compensate by producing less cholesterol, but why do we need to consume an animal bi-product containing a substance that our body already produces enough of for proper function and causes problems if over-consumed. Maybe trans- and saturated fats are worse, but instead of picking the lesser of two evils, let eliminate them all!

Myth 2: High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is worse for you than sugar.
Many sugary 'foods' are similar in calorie content, but that doesn't make them equal. Besides the fact that HFCS has proven to be more insulin-resistant and make you more diabetes-prone, it is also produced with genetically modified organisms. Eww.

Myth 3: A raw-food diet provides enzymes that are essential to healthy digestion.
"...you’ll continue to make enzymes as long as you live,” says Davis. Enzymes are so vital to life, she adds, “the human body is actually quite efficient at producing them.”

Even if this statement is accurate, the SAD causes digestive problems that additional enzyme supplements have proven to alleviate. This said, I see no harm, only benefits from raw-foodism. See myth 5, too!

Myth 4: Your body can’t use the protein from beans unless you eat them with rice.
I've always heard that they don't need to be eaten in the same meal, but instead, as the article states, they can be balanced throughout a person's diet.

Myth 5: Microwaving zaps nutrients.
I don't know a whole lot about microwaves other than it's proven that different cooking methods affect food's nutrient values differently and that microwaves make my food taste and feel funny. I won't use them if I can avoid it at all!

Myth 6: Radiation from microwaves creates dangerous compounds in your food.
Plastic is creepy, microwaves are creepy, cooking food from the inside out is creepy...

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Myth 4: Your body can’t use the protein from beans unless you eat them with rice.
Where in the world did they get this one?  I have never even heard this one before.

 

This idea goes back to about the 1920s when they talked a lot about "complete protien" as if it were something magical.

My pet food myth hate is the "magic food" theory: that there is somehow something magical in (name food of your choice) that will allow you to "Eat all you want, and still lose weight!"  It started with grapefruit. Then we had Goji berries, guaraná, whatever.

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Yabbit, I thought it was cabbage soup. =oP Did the grapefruit diet come first?

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Yabbit, I thought it was cabbage soup. =oP Did the grapefruit diet come first?

Well it was one of the most-hyped.

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(1)  Eggs are bad for me because I have major portion control issues.  Back in my crazy weightlifting days I could drink a dozen large eggs raw in one gulp, yolks and all.  No matter how you cook eggs and other animal products, I end up eating too much.  But one cannot eat too much of low-density foods like leafy vegetables.  When I get 45 grams of protein (about the maximum amount your body can digest per meal) from legumes and other plant-based products, I feel full.  When I get 45 grams of protein from a burger, I want another burger, so all that extra protein only adds stress to my digestive system and eventually turns to fat.  Not to mention that animal fat and cholesterol...

(2)  Both corn and cane sugar are bad.

(3)  I eat most vegetables (broccoli, leafy greens, etc) raw, because, I don't know, just because I can.  Why cook something when you don't need to?  I think it's more macho that way.  If my digestive system changes as I age, then I'll start cooking them.

(4)  Agreed, but rice is a terrible complement to beans (see this thread).

(5 and 6)  Who needs a microwave anyway?  I usually only cook one legume-centered dish at a time, so an electric rice cooker / crackpot works nicely.  Don't need a stove or a refrigerator either, which permits me to live "a comfortable tax resister lifestyle" while only paying $400/month rent.  I do use an electric kettle to boil water beforehand, just to speed things up.  When I ate meat instead of legumes, all I needed was a George Foreman grill.

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