13th July 2016

Health Food Myths: Fact or Fiction


1. Coconut oil increases cholesterol levels and risks of heart attacks

Fiction: On the contrary, coconut oil increases good cholesterol levels which clear blockages in arteries. So it’s great for your heart. In fact, there aren’t many things coconut oil isn’t good for; your heart, your hair, your digestive system. That’s why we are totally nuts about coconuts.

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2.You burn more calories eating celery than you get from it.

Fiction: No need to wear sweatbands at the dinner table. Sadly the rumour that celery has negative calories isn’t true – so you can’t count it as a workout. Though at ten calories per serving you can eat as much as your heart desires.

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3. Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory.

Fact: Here’s the science bit – pineapple is the only major dietary source of bromelain, and bromelain, like a true ‘bro’ – has our backs. According to some studies, pineapple can be used to treat sports injuries, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain.

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4. Fresh food is always better than frozen food.

Fiction: Hooray! Frozen vegetables can be just as good for you as fresh vegetables. Because they are flash-frozen shortly after picking they keep more of their nutrients than if they had to travel unfrozen, for days before being sold. Frozen veg is usually cheaper too so it’s a double win. If you prefer fresh though try to buy local.

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5. Monounsaturated fats give you more brain power.

Fact: Monounsaturated fats, or as we like to call them ‘friendly fats’, can be found in tasty superfoods like coconuts and avocado. They promote blood flow and reduce blood pressure, which aids all organs but especially the brain. So tuck in and reap the rewards.

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