Health Facts about Food

March 28th, 2011  | Published in Facts








highly processed foods 150x150 Health Facts about FoodEven though there is so much information nowadays about healthy eating, but most of the time people are still confused. Because there has to be a balance which needs to brought so as to help in deciding about the exact figures on healthy food. People often tend to caught between a welted of mixed perceptions and half-knowledge and wind up jumping to conclusions of their own.

So what exactly constitutes unhealthy foods? Here are few of the answers to help you out:

  • Highly Processed foods: Foods that have been refined to such a level that most of their nutritious qualities have been taken away. These include maida, refined sooji, white rice flour, white corn flour, white sugar, and so on. Some amount of processing is acceptable, but often, the refining leads to a de-vitalized product with very little nutrition value. For instance, unpolished rice is quite rich in iron and vitamin B complex. But the same rice, after polishing, loses most of its iron and B vitamins. Dalia is very healthy, but when it becomes maida, noodles, pastry and white bread, the same grain can harm the body if it’s eaten regularly.
  • Overcooked foods: Foods that have been cooked to such a level that nutrition is compromised. For instance, almonds are very healthy, but when they are fried and salted, they turn unhealthy.
  • Foods that are eaten in very large quantities and in an unbalanced way. For example, butter is actually healthy. But if you eat a lot of butter, it goes out of your diet balance and therefore becomes unhealthy.
  • Foods that contain too many preservatives, stabilizers and other chemicals.

There are also a couple of myths that need to be broken:

Myth: Low-cal food is healthy; high-calorie food is unhealthy

Fact: Because of this myth, many people have given up healthy food for unhealthy food. A small bowl of non-fried almonds has almost the same calorie and fat content as a packet of chips. But the chips will lead to obesity, skin deterioration and a likelihood of raised cholesterol, whereas almonds will improve your health.

Myth: Diet food is health food

Fact: Most diet foods are sold as diet foods because they may have less or no sugar, or because the fat content has been decreased. But when foods have no sugar or less sugar, they have artificial sweeteners. These are chemicals and are not found in these foods in the natural state. Naturally, then, they are not healthy. In diet chocolate, the sugar is replaced with an artificial sweetener, but the fat remains. However, people tend to overeat diet chocolate because it’s ‘diet’. 

Low fat foods may sound appealing, but removing natural fat from a grain or plant-based food requires processing. This may introduce chemicals into the body, which is undesirable for liver health and weight management.

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