Myths Busted

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Adding milk to tea does not impact the antioxidant activity

TRUE

Evidence suggests that adding milk to tea does not have an impact on the antioxidant activity. You can still enjoy your cup of tea the way you usually have it and still absorb the antioxidants naturally found.




Eating lots of carrots will improve your eyesight

FALSE

Carrots contain beta-carotene which the body converts into Vitamin A to use for vision, bone growth and maintenance of healthy skin. The truth is, while eating lots of carrots could make you turn orange from the excess beta-carotene, lots of carrots won't improve your eyesight. One effect of Vitamin A deficiency is night blindness, which perhaps is where the myth originated. While carrots can help prevent Vitamin A deficiency, eating lots won't help you to see well.




Starchy food like bread and rice are fattening

FALSE

Starchy food such as rice, bread and potatoes break down to give your body glucose to produce energy. Carbohydrates are great sources of energy; in fact it is recommended that around 55-65% of our energy should from carbs. As with all types of energy, if you eat more than your body needs, the energy from carbs will get stored, which can increase your weight. However, rice and bread are not fattening if eaten as part of a balanced diet. Go for wholegrain rather than more refined starchy preparations.




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