Food Debates Myth and Facts

Confusion and contradiction make it difficult to separate fact from myth and figure our figure and health. Here’s some help.

Read newspapers, magazines or watch Tv and there’s more confusion than clarity on what foods are good for you. Diet fads cloud the picture even more. Most specialists recommend a good balance of seasonal foods and common sense eating   habits. Here’s   a compilation on foods that are the healthiest and are readily available.

Brown rice:
A  good source of complex carbohydrates that provides twice as much Fibre as white rice.

A skinless chicken breast has only 3 grams of fat and contains vitamin B-6 a nutrient to Metabolise protein. Eating chicken with the skin doubles the saturated fat.

A source of  fibre and carbohydrate. Fresh corn is best but frozen or canned alternatives also get additional fibre in your diet. Corn has almost no fat and is a good source of many nutrients.

Is loaded with complex  carbohydrates for energy. Enriched pasta also provides iron and B vitamins. However there is a lot of variety in terms of the presence or absence of wheat, beneficial   fibres or whole- wheat. Check the nutrients information.


A  source of pectin, a soluble fibre that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Fresh apples are good sources of vitamin-C an antioxidant that protects body’s cells from damage.

Packed with nutrients- fibre riboflavin magnesium, iron and calcium One serving of almonds provides half of your body’s recommended dietary allowance of vitamin E the fat in almonds is mono unsaturated fat, a healthier type that lowers cholesterol   levels.

Besides being a good source of calcium, potassium, folate, vitamins and fibre broccoli   contains phytonutrients- a group of compounds that may help prevent heart disease diabetes and some cancers.

An  excellent source o f fibre. They’re high in protein and a good source of folic acid. All beans are good but red beans provide iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin and are also a good low-fat , low-calorie source of protein and dietary fibre.

An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type that makes your blood less likely to form clots that may cause heart attacks. It decreases triglyceride levels, artery –clogging plaques and lowers blood pressure. Low  in saturated fat and cholesterol.

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