The truth behind food fads

The New Year is officially upon us and for all those who have made a New Year’s Resolution to themselves to get healthy, then this blog is for you!

Many will take the resolution to lose weight and watch what they eat with such seriousness, going to extreme lengths to look and feel a healthier version of themselves.

Whether they choose to read books, believe in new conspiracies or spend all day down at the gym, when does listening to food fads become dangerous and downright tiring?

From one week to the next, we are forever being told what is good, but equally bad for our health.

Confusing to say the least, we take a quick look at the current food fads that are floating about while trying to make sense of fact from fiction while we work to get healthy this New Year!


Red Wine

Red Wine gets a lot of press. While many studies have found a glass to be good for the health, others scientists have completed research that disagrees. With so many conflicting studies about, the truth is that a glass every so often in moderation is good. Helping to contribute to a happy heart thanks to levels of good cholesterol, a glass of red wine can reduce your chances of blood cloths and heart attacks.

Vitamin C

Rumour has it that by consuming daily quantities of vitamin c, you can ward off any lurking colds. This although a rumour has an element of truth in it. Skiers, soldiers and marathoners in sub-arctic countries will find consuming ingredients with vitamin c can ward off any potential colds.

Celery

We have all heard the saying, eating celery burns more calories than you take in, but is this true or false? A myth, eating celery does not burn calories, however, with 10 calories per serving, celery is the perfect ingredient for those watching their weight.

Carrots

There are many people out there that believe that raw carrots are more nutritious than cooked carrots. Seems plausible, however, surprisingly carrots have more of a nutritional value when cooked. This is because when cooked, the tough cellular walls are broken down to release all those vital goodness.   

Eggs

It has often been told that we should avoid eggs because of their high cholesterol content. A myth, eggs does not contribute to high cholesterol, instead a source of many nutrients, such as, iron, antioxidants, vitamin D and more.

Carbs

There is a motion tossed back and forth, and that is the rumour that the less carbs you eat, the healthier that you are. Another myth, the truth is that whole grains, part of the carb family are important to your general well-being, vital in reducing your chances of a heart disease.

Cranberry Juice

Another myth that many take seriously and that is that cranberry juice can cure a urinary tract infection. Despite seeming like a speedy way to restore your health, there is in fact no evidence to say that cranberries can cure illness. That being said, if people drank cranberry juice regularly and took health vitamins daily, they could prevent an infection from occurring.

Feed a cold, Starve a fever

It is a saying that we have all heard, but is there really any truth about this old wives’ tale? Although it may feel that when suffering from the flu, that your appetite has vanished, feeding and refuelling your body is a must. As your body is working hard to cure your illness, your body requires food and those vital vitamins, now more than ever to keep you going.


Of all the myths that are floating about, discovering the truth is harder and tricky to find than we thought. What we can be confident in, is that by eating a well balanced and healthy diet in moderation, our bodies, can continue to function properly while warding off the potential of any illness.

If you are thinking of eating a healthier more nutritious diet, here at Dexam we have all the tools required for cooking colourful, vitamin packed dishes.

Eating healthy should not be a chore, instead it can be fun and exciting, a time to try new dishes while experimenting with different flavours and textures.

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