What to eat and drink? We are already completely confused. A food today is considered very useful, but tomorrow it may be dangerous to health. Another today is poison, and tomorrow – an elixir. We offer you help :
The bad coumarin
Cinnamon is still harmful! Coumarin, one of the substances in it, can damage the kidneys and liver. So: keep one thing in mind!
The bad reputation of coffee
“Coffee causes cancer”, “Coffee damages nerves”, “Coffee dehydrates the body” – the sentence has long been in force: coffee is harmful to your health. This has been claimed for a long time. But today we know that coffee is not so dangerous. Quite the opposite even: scientists believe that coffee beans can prevent some cancers.
In true wine?
Alcohol is harmful – it is a fact, but at the same time it is known that wine contains some fantastic molecules that are especially useful: resveratrol and anthocyanins, for example. And what now? Should we drink wine or not? Long-term research on volunteers provides an answer to this question: a glass of wine a day is just fine. But no more!
Butter against margarine
Stay away from butter! This is what cholesterol fighters advise. And recommend margarine. True, this substitute contains less saturated fat than butter. But keep in mind that margarine is not necessarily healthy. It is not a natural product. To put it bluntly – this is chemistry involved in the laboratories of the food industry.
Glutamate – no and no! The flavoring is considered dangerous. But not so much because of its ability to make delicious low-quality foods such as chips and ready-made soups, but because of the suggestion by some scientists that glutamate can cause the so-called “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”: sweating, tremors and tingling. Is it? So far, no serious research has proven it.
Deep frozen arguments
Many people avoid deep-frozen foods. They seemed to have fewer vitamins than fresh ones. In fact, the opposite is true. Due to the shock freeze, the vegetables in these foods are much richer in vitamins than the fresh products in the stores, which sometimes travel hundreds of kilometers.
The miraculous Omega-3
You’ve probably heard that Omega-3 fatty acids protect against all sorts of diseases: cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease, problems with concentration, depression. Health experts advise us to take Omega-3 every day. And really: it is a proven fact that these fatty acids are especially useful for some metabolic functions. But still: let’s not believe in miracles.
Vitamins and science
Vitamins are vital. But do we have to drink them constantly to be healthier? We know from children that vitamin C protects against all kinds of diseases. However, science has not yet proven it unequivocally. There have even been suspicions that excessive use of vitamins harms the body. What will scientists say tomorrow?
Is it worth buying organic food?
If our food is really full of as much chemistry as is widely believed, organic products are our only chance to eat anything healthy. They are not sprayed with harmful substances, they are not fertilized with artificial fertilizers. However, research shows that organic products are neither more nutritious nor healthier. Well, they are more expensive.
The golden mean
In summary: yes, it is extremely important to live a healthy life. The statistics are relentless: smoking, alcohol, overweight and immobility are ruthless killers. However, it is foolish to glorify or curse individual foods. The golden ratio always goes through moderate use and good balance. So: have fun and cheers!