I’m a doctor and here are the 12 food myths you need to know

WHEN it comes to what’s on our plate it can be hard to wade through what’s right and wrong.

Food is there to fuel us and give us energy, but with so much misinformation around it can be hard to know what’s really good for you.

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Dr Siyamak Saleh revealed the biggest food myths and separated fact from fictionCredit: tiktok/dr.siya

Posting to TikTok one doctor has put to bed the top 12 food myths once and for all.

1. Does calcium give you strong bones?

Dr Siyamak Saleh started with one of the most common sayings, which is that milk builds strong bones.

Many people think this is the case as there is a high amount of calcium in milk.

The NHS says that milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are great sources of protein and calcium – but adds that the fat in dairy products can add up.

Dr Saleh added: “Multiple studies didn’t find a link between milk and strong bones/fractures.

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“Some studies found fractures are more frequent with more milk consumption.”

2. Is Himalayan salt better than other salts?

You might have heard Himalayan salt being favored by foodies, but Dr Saleh said it isn’t better than normal salt.

He explained: “Himalayan salt has more minerals but they are in such small amount that makes no difference.”

It’s important that you monitor your salt intake as a diet high in salt (or sodium) can cause raised blood pressure, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, the NHS says.

3. Does eating fat make you fat?

Fat is an essential part of our diet as it is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself.

Dr Saleh said that eating foods with fat in them won’t actually make you fat, but that it might contribute to your overall health.

He said: “Eating fat doesn’t make you fatter, it’s rather the higher calorie intake! Healthy fats are associated with higher satiety.”

4. Are brown eggs better than white eggs?

If you like a scrambled egg or even a delicious omelette then you might not be paying too much attention as the what the eggs look like on the outside.

But some people associated better egg quality with the color of the shell, however Dr Saleh said that the color of the shell doesn’t really matter.

“Brown and white eggs are exactly the same – the color depends on the type of chicken”, he said.

5. Do spicy foods cause ulcers?

Ulcers are caused by a number of things such as biting the inside of your cheek or a food intolerance.

They are not caused by spicy foods, Dr Saleh says – but it’s probably best that if you have an ulcer you avoid them.

He added: “Ulcers are caused by regular intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and H.Pylori bacteria.

“Spicy foods only aggravates it.”

6. Do detox diets cleanse your body?

Any food pattern with the word diet in it is likely designed to help you lose weight.

Some people will go on so-called ‘detox diets’ if they are concerned about their liver or kidneys.

But Dr Saleh said it’s not diets that cleanse your body.

“Liver and kidneys detox your body! All the detox diets are just healthy foods,” he said.

7. Is the vegan diet the healthiest diet?

Many people who follow a vegan diet take supplements to help them obtain nutrients they might not be getting from their food.

Dr Saleh said: “Vegan diet has a lot of health benefits and probably one of the healthiest diets but can lead to some nutritional deficiencies.”

8. Does cranberry juice cure UTIs?

It’s a common saying that you should have cranberry juice if you have a water infection.

But Dr Saleh said it doesn’t actually help.

“UTIs are infections that are only treatable with antibiotics and not a juice – around 45 per cent of UTIs resolve by themselves.”

9. Does water have an expiry date?

This is a myth as water itself doesn’t have an expiry date, but Dr Saleh said it actually depends on how it’s packaged.

“Water doesn’t have an expiry date but the bottles do because the plastic starts to leach into the water over time”, he added.

10. Are frozen vegetables bad for you?

Many people believe that fresh veggies are better than frozen ones, but Dr Saleh says this isn’t the case.

“Fresh veggies start losing nutrients once harvested so freezing them will prolong the shelf life of the nutrients.”

11. Is white chocolate the same as normal chocolate?

This might come as a surprise but you can’t actually class white chocolate as chocolate.

Dr Saleh explained: “White chocolate is made with sugar, milk products, vanilla and cacao butter but not the actual cacao solids so technically not a chocolate.”

12. Do instant noodles cause cancer?

This is a no, instant noodles do not cause cancer.

Dr Saleh said: “Instant noodles containing wax and causing cancer is just a myth! So enjoy them.”

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