Home Top Stories Health & Fitness Healthy Diet Tips: FSSAI Busts 7 Most Common Myths About Food And...

Healthy Diet Tips: FSSAI Busts 7 Most Common Myths About Food And Nutrition

Nutritious diet and healthy living go hand-in-hand – which is why most of us pay extra attention to what we eat on a daily basis. In fact, we try to keep ourselves updated with all the health- and diet-related news available on the internet. But so much information often leaves us confused and wondering what is actually good for our health. Subsequently, we end up believing some incorrect information or some false claims; and further start following those without doing a fact check. Hence, to make it easier for all, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently took to Twitter to debunk some of the most common myths that have been doing the rounds for years. Let’s take a look:

Also Read: 


Here Are 7 Common Myths About Food And Nutrition:

Myth 1: Eating low calorie diets and skipping meals is the only way to weight loss.

Fact: A balanced diet, eating small portions at defined regular intervals and regular exercise is the key to weight loss. By low calorie diets/skipping meals you may be missing out on essential nutrients.

Myth 2: If a food label indicates ‘DIET FOODS’, then it is healthy.

Fact: Foods claiming to be LOW FAT may be high in sugar, salt and even invisible fat. It is thus advisable to read the ingredient list to find out any hidden sources of salt, sugar or fat.

Myth 3: Plant based diets are deficient in protein.

Fact: Plant-based rich sources of protein like legumes, nuts, seeds, soy-products, millets and some vegetables are also high in fiber and low in fat. The quality of protein can also be increased when cereals and pulses are consumed in combination.

Myth 4: Cooked food can’t cause food-borne illness and can be kept at room temperature.

Fact: There are plenty of ways that cooked food can become contaminated after cooking, making it just as unsafe to eat. This can happen when-

  • Food isn’t stored properly. All cooked and leftover foods need to be refrigerated (below 5degree Celsius) within 2 hours.
  • Food is prepared on a contaminated surface or equipment or stored in non-food grade utensil.
  • Food handlers don’t practice good personal hygiene.
  • Cross-contamination with raw food.

Myth 5: Oil provides empty calories with no nutrients.

Fact: Human body cannot synthesize prime Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, which are called Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 (m-3) and Omega 6 (n-6) fatty acids and hence they have to be obtained from the diet. Essential fatty acids reduce risk of heart disease, improve cognition, and reduce inflammation and joint pain. To reap maximum benefits right combination of cooking oils should be used.

Myth 6: Children can eat high-calories, high sugar foods as much as they want.

Fact: Nutrient requirements are high during the growing years. Good nutrition improves the child’s physical well-being as well as cognitive development. Excess sugar consumption at a young age has been associated with the risk of obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes and heart diseases. We need to encourage intake of a balanced diet with all food groups in appropriate amounts.

Myth 7: If it looks fine and smells fine, it’s probably safe to eat.

Fact: Although a bad smell or taste are signs that food has ‘gone off’, these signs often are not caused by bacteria that give you food poisoning. Always check use by/best before/expiry dates, storage instructions and temperature on the packet.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

Source link


Paneer Malai Kofta To Murg Malai Tikka, 7 Malai-Based Recipes That Are Rich, Creamy and Decadent

Dinning in or out, there are some evergreen choices that never fail to satisfy our taste buds. And creamy malai items like the...

Flat White: The Coffee Brew That Australia And New Zealand Continue To Fight Over

Frenemy might be a strong word to describe the traditional rivalry between Aussies and New Zealanders. Their Trans-Tasman rivalry gets quite fierce on...

Keto Diet: Try This Keto-Friendly Upma Recipe For A High-Fat Breakfast Meal

When it comes to losing weight, each one of us has our ways to do it. Whether you do it through exercising, dieting...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Sri Lanka Cricket Bans 3 Players For A Year For Breaching COVID-19 Protocols During England Tour

Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka were among three Sri Lanka players who breached protocol.© AFPSri Lanka's cricket board on Friday banned three top...

Infrastructure Output Of Core Sectors Rises 8.9% In June

<!-- -->June Infrastructure Output: The output of core sectors grew by 8.9 per centInfrastructure Output in June 2021: The output of the eight core infrastructure...

MK Stalin Cancels Defamation Cases Against Politicians Filed Under AIADMK

<!-- -->MK Stalin's move will benefit leaders from his DMK along with the Congress, Left and DMDK.Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin...

Mastercard Gives New Audit To India After Ban Over Data Handling: Report

<!-- -->Mastercard did not comment on the extension and the situation in Pune. (Representational)Mumbai: Mastercard has submitted a new audit report to Reserve...

Recent Comments