5 nutrition tips from grandma between myths and facts

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Since childhood we were bombarded with many nutritional tips from our fathers and mothers that are inherited from our grandparents. Although we have a huge nutritional mythical heritage, not all the nutrition facts that were said by our grandparents are false. We gathered five of the most common to validate them.

  • “Take a spoon of honey every morning”

a spoon of honey

Most of our mothers didn’t leave us to go to school without taking this spoon. This might be the most beneficial thing our mothers did because of its endless benefits. Honey is a great source of energy, mobilizes the extra fat in the body, and purifies blood.

  • “Remove the skin of chicken before eating”

    removing the skin of chickenOur mothers used to ask us to do so as they believed that the skin part cannot be cleaned completely. When we grew a bit older, we were told that the skin part contains an excess amount of fats, so we used to remove to avoid weight gain. However what we were never told that the fats in chicken or meat skin contains healthy unsaturated fats, not the harmful saturated ones.

  • “Carrot improves eyesight”

    carrotOne of the most widely spread nutrition tips in our culture to the extent that it was enchanted in a song. This tip is a very good one because carrots are very high in beta-carotene which is an essential precursor for vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of cataracts, Xerophthalmia, and even blindness.

  • “Eat spinach to be strong as Popeye”

    spinachWhile spinach is a great source of iron, it’s not the best source when it’s compared to red meat. It’s not about the amount of iron in each, but the absorption. Iron in red meat is absorbed better than in spinach.

  • “Don’t drink water during eating”

    drinking water during eatingNo one can question the advantages of drinking water. However it’s better to be drunk 30 minutes before the meal. When you drink water during eating, stomach acid is usually diluted, which leads to incomplete digestion of food. Undigested food may stay longer in your stomach, which can increase acid reflux symptoms.

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