April 13, 2018

10 Health Food Facts That Will Surprise You

No. 3 really cleared things up.
Thoughtful Eater 2


Stuck for small talk? Here are 10 health food facts to rattle off the next time you’re loitering around the watercooler.

  1. You don’t really have to buy all organic. For example, kale is one of the most widely sprayed vegetables, whereas pineapple’s tough outer membrane means it doesn’t require heavy use of pesticides. Refer to the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 guide

  2. Thanks to Swiss Physician Bircher-Benner, the humble bowl of muesli was designed as a way for people to achieve a healthy intake of fruits, grains, nuts and seeds in one meal.

  3. Quinoa is not a grain

  4. Back in the day, people referred to The Doctrine of Signatures to identify the health properties of foods. I.e. walnuts resembling the brain, we know that walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial for cognitive health. Or the cross section of a carrot resembling the eyes. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene a pigment which is the precursor for vitamin A which we know is beneficial for eye sight

  1. Historically, grains were prepared using fermentation, soaking, sprouting as well as germinating. This was done to neutralise anti-nutrients or protective barriers, which increases the absorption and digestion in the body

  2. When foods are canned, they can lose a lot of their nutritional value, for example vegetables can lose up to 50% of carotenes, 80% of vitamin C and 60% of B vitamins

  3. Cooking or heating tomatoes increases its nutritional value

  4. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) found in milk is sensitive to light, which is why glass bottles of milk were replaced with cartons

  5. Eating foods high in vitamin C increases the absorption of iron

  6. Pair cinnamon with foods high in carbohydrates – cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and may reduce a spike


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