These festive food myths will be sure to get you talking turkey at the Christmas dinner table!
Myth: Eating turkey makes you sleepy
The facts: A common myth due to turkey containing amino acid tryptophan. However turkey contains no more tryptophan than other types of poultry!
Bottom line: Drowsiness after Christmas dinner is contributed by overeating and alcohol.
Myth: Switching cocoa powder with cacao powder will make my desserts healthier
The facts: Both come from the cacao tree. Cacao beans contain high level of antioxidants called flavonoids. During processing, cocoa powder is heated much higher and therefore more of the antioxidants are lost compared to cacao powder.
Bottom line: Cocoa or cacao powder is usually an ingredient in treat foods, but will not make that treat food significantly healthier.
Myth: Certain foods can cure a hangover
The facts: A hangover is a result of dehydration, loss of electrolytes, low blood sugar and damage to the lining of your digestive tract. There is no cure, the best thing to do is to treat it by re-hydrating with diluted fruit juice or re-hydration solutions and consuming a small serve of bland food.
Bottom line: Prevention is better than cure! Moderate your intake and drink lots of water.
Myth: Honey is healthier than sugar
The facts: Honey contains trace amounts of antioxidants and minerals whilst other sugars do not. The key word is trace, there are very minuscule amounts and ultimately honey is not a great source of antioxidants or minerals, compared to fruits and vegetables.
Bottom line: Choose honey based on taste and not for health benefits.
Myth: Low carb beer is a healthier alcoholic drink
The facts: It still contains alcohol which is higher in energy than carbohydrates. A low carb beer is comparable to light alcohol beer at around 110kj/100ml. Compared to full strength beer containing around 150kj/100ml.
Bottom line: It may have marginally lower energy but will still have similar amounts of alcohol.
Myth: Carob is a healthier alternative to chocolate
The facts: Carob is a sweet chocolate-like treat. Carob contains antioxidants, however, any nutritional benefit is diluted in processing and sugars and fats are added.
Bottom line: Carob has the same energy but double the saturated fat compared to chocolate.
Myth: You shouldn't cook with extra virgin olive oil
The facts: Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oil as it is high in antioxidants. Extra virgin olive oil is a very heat stable thanks to these protective antioxidants.
Bottom line: Extra virgin olive oil is safe for cooking due to its antioxidant content. It is the healthiest and safest oil to cook with.