Elderly Care – Busting 5 of the Most Common Food Myths

Elderly Care – Common Food Myths in Vaughan

You’d be surprised to find out how many food myths and misinformation are still floating around. Many of these myths have been busted and there is evidence to prove it.

For example, the Dieticians of Canada have busted these 3 food myths:

1.      Myth: Stop using the salt shaker – it’s all you have to do to limit your dietary sodium intake.

Busted: “Canadians eat too much sodium, but the salt shaker is not the biggest culprit. Over 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods, packaged and ready-to-eat foods, and restaurant meals. Only about 11 percent comes from salt added when cooking at home and salt you shake on at the table. The rest of the sodium you get occurs naturally in foods. To limit the sodium you eat, choose fewer pre-packaged convenience foods and restaurant meals and enjoy more (of the) lower sodium foods that you can cook at home.”

2.      Myth: It’s not very helpful to use the % Daily Value on the Nutrition Facts table on labels.

Busted: “The % Daily Value (%DV) is useful for anyone wanting to make healthier food choices. You can use the %DV to see if a food has a little or a lot of a nutrient. You can use it to compare products and make a better choice. For example, you might want to choose a product with less fat and sodium, and more fibre, iron, vitamin A and calcium. An easy rule of thumb: 5% DV or less is a little, and 15% DV or more is a lot for any nutrient.”

3.      Myth: Don’t drink tea because it causes dehydration.

Busted: This is a fairly old myth actually. The great news is that each cup of tea you drink is 99.5% water and the caffeine content of tea is not high enough to count as significantly dehydrating. This means the tea you drink counts towards your daily fluid intakes. Canada’s Food Guide supports tea as a great calorie-free way to up your daily rehydration.

This information may be found at: www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/01/14/5_food_myths_busted_by_the_dietitians_of_canada.html

The health experts at eatingwell.com bring us the next set of busted food myths:

4.      Myth: Don’t eat eggs because they are bad for your heart.

Busted: While it’s true eggs do contain cholesterol in the yolk, saying they are bad for our heart is a far stretch. You see, the cholesterol we eat isn’t the cholesterol that’s responsible for clogging the arteries and causing heart attacks. The main culprit is saturated or trans fats, which are responsible for raising blood cholesterol levels.

5.      Myth: The protein in beans isn’t available to your body unless you eat them with a complementary food like rice.

Busted: It used to be thought you had to eat a complete protein at each meal or the amino acids in the food couldn’t be used by your body to make protein. This old way of thinking has been replaced by scientific evidence. You don’t have to worry about pairing up foods anymore.

Basically, you may improve your health by eating a wide variety of healthy foods. You don’t need to become a follower of a fanatical diet to accomplish this. For help with cooking nutritious meals and other tasks your loved one needs, consider hiring elder care services.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care services in Vaughan, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.


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