Food myths you won’t believe aren’t true

It's time to question commonly accepted food 'facts'.

You may be surprised to learn that some of the widely accepted ‘facts’ about food have been busted by sciencists:

Fat-free and cholesterol-free are the same thing

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like chemical, produced by our liver, that is found in all cells of our bodies and also in some foods, such as meat and dairy products. Cholesterol-free products may contain the other types of fat.

Fat-free means calorie-free

When a product has minimal or no fat in it, then it is fat-free. However, other nutrients in the product may contain many calories that can cause weight gain. Always check the label.

alcohol is bad for your health and affects the brain, but it definitely does not kill your brain cells

Alcohol kills brain cells

Too much alcohol is bad for your health and can affect the brain, but it definitely does not kill brain cells. It does damage the branched ends of nerve cells (dendrites) that send messages to the brain.

Organic food is better

Organic food may involve reduced or no use of pesticides but most have almost the same nutritional value as regular food. People tend to think that spending more money on organic will be better for their health, but it’s advisable to spend money on fresh rather than organic.

Fruit juice is healthier for you than soft drinks

Fruit juice has almost as much sugar as soft drinks, so can cause weight gain if consumed too often. They’re also acidic, so can lead to tooth decay. If you want to drink fat- and calorie-free, your best option is water.

Dark chocolate equals weight loss

Dark chocolates are tasty, have vitamins and minerals, but they do contain lots of sugar, which is a good way to gain weight if you overindulge. By all means eat dark chocolate, but only small amounts.