You won’t believe what sugar does to kids!

It’s 2016. And you have no excuse for being ignorant about some of the myths and claims about food and nutrition that we’ve all grown up hearing. Like how sugar makes kids hyperactive? Turns out that’s a myth (read below). So, to help you sieve the facts from the hype, here are some interesting food factoids that you should keep in mind.

 
 

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The humble soybean is actually known as a complete protein.

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In fact, soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids we have to get from food because they can’t be made by the body. To put it into context, a cup of cooked soybeans contains about 22 grams of protein, almost as much as a serving of steak.

On the other hand, processed soy products, like tofu, contain significantly less protein by weight. Also, be aware that soy-based “vegetarian meat” contains high levels of sodium and unhealthy fat. So go easy with serving portions. If you want to get your fix of soy goodness, check out the many varieties of real soybean milk at Beano.

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Soybean is a poor source of protein.
 
 

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For years, we’ve been told that too many eggs in the diet is bad. But let’s look at the facts.

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The word “cholesterol” is used to describe both dietary cholesterol (the cholesterol you ingest) and blood cholesterol (the cholesterol that is circulating in your bloodstream). The human body – yours included – makes its own cholesterol from saturated and trans fats, so blood cholesterol is very different from dietary cholesterol, which doesn’t get into the bloodstream greatly.

Sure, eggs do contain saturated fats, but it’s only a fraction of its nutritional value. In fact, eggs are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and proteins: nature’s complete food. For some awesome egg-citement, head to Patisserie G’s for their Eggs Cocotte.

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Eating eggs raises your cholesterol levels
 
 

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While there are many good reasons to limit the amount of sugar given to children, this isn’t one of them.

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In studies to see how children react to different levels of sugar in their diet, none found a link between eating sugar and hyperactivity. In other words, the scientists could not find any differences in behaviour between the children who had sugar and those that did not.

Interestingly, scientists found that if parents thought their child had been given a sugary drink they rated the child’s behaviour as more hyperactive, even if the drink was really sugar-free. Treat your sweet tooth to at Candy Empire, but do resist the temptation to go wild.

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Consuming too much sugar makes children hyperactive
 
 

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The fact is that we get most of that water from what we regularly eat and drink.

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This myth stems from the general guideline of 2.5 litres of water a day. But we already consume much of this amount from our normal diet. And, yes, that includes beverages like coffee, tea, and juices. So if you don’t mind answering nature’s call very often, then go ahead and hydrate with eight glasses. Otherwise, just follow this rule-of-thumb: drink enough so that when you do relieve yourself, the colour of your urine is a pale yellow. The darker your pee, the more dehydrated you are.

Also, everyone’s water requirements are different, so just pay attention to your body. To help you stay hydrated – and kickstart your day – grab a coffee from Joe & Dough, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, or Jewel Coffee. If tea’s more your cup of … well, tea … pick one of the many refreshing selections available at KOI.

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You need to drink eight glasses of water a day
 
 

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Turns out that this was just an elaborate ploy to hide national secrets.

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Funny story: during World War 2, the British government wanted to hide their radar abilities from the Germans, so they spread propaganda suggesting that British pilots were able to fly at night because they ate carotene (from carrots). While the Luftwaffe bought the story, so did the British public and the rest of the world. Nevertheless, carrots are still good for you in general, being a rich source of fibre, Vitamin A and natural sugars.

Tune your radar to The Green Bar for your fill of fresh carrots and other awesome veggies.

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Carrots are good for your vision
 
 

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If you still believe this, then you better get out from whatever rock you’ve been under.

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Most foods are tasty because of their fat content. Take that fat out and you’ve got a product that consumers will leave on the shelf. To make up for it, manufacturers add sweeteners: sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners. Which have been shown to be associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and many other medical problems.

So, ditch the low-fat versions … head on over to Plentyfull for a selection of freshly-prepared dishes. Your body (and your taste buds) will thank you for it.

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Low-fat foods are healthier
 
 

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Forget the bad rap. It’s all about doing it in moderation..

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This one was in the limelight recently. The fact is that rice is a good source of energy because of the carbohydrates present in it. Carbs help the body carry out its functions and everyday growth and repair. However, if you’re eating a lot more calories per day than you are burning, then yes, your liver will convert excess calories from carbohydrate into fats.

So, go ahead with the rice, just go easy on the portions. For some delicious rice bowls, head over to House of Gimbap for their premium rice rolls or try out Teppei Syokudo’s Kaisendon.

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Rice is fattening
 
 

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It is very possible to eat a balanced meal without any meat.

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The average woman needs 46g of protein a day and men need 56g. Most people consume more than the required amount, and there are plenty of protein sources that are veggie-friendly. Take soybeans, for example. (See claim #1.) Also, vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. The trick is to avoid heavily processed vegetarian options. These contain less of the good stuff, and more of the bad, like sodium, sugars, and unhealthy fats.

Otherwise, you can easily create a balanced meal without the need for meat. If you’re still not convinced, check out the yummy vegetarian meals at Elemen!

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Vegetarians don't get enough nutrition because they don't eat meat
 
 

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Good news for drinkers, but do keep tabs on your consumption.

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This claim seems logical, since red wine contains high levels of resveratrol, which acts as an antioxidant, reduces inflammation, and may actually slow the aging process. However, it’s actually the alcohol content that’s responsible for most of red wine’s heart-related benefits. Studies suggest that alcohol – no matter how you drink it – raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol and seems to make blood less likely to clot. Just stick to the guidelines: one drink per day for women, two for men.

And if you’re in the mood for some really happy hours, head on over to Wine Universe. (Because the quality of your drink matters too!)

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Red wine is good for your heart health
 
 

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It’s only true if you’re standing right next to the fruit tree or vegetable patch.

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Any produce will start losing its nutritional value the moment it’s picked or harvested. And this is where it gets interesting: by the time the “fresh” produce gets to you, it could have spent days or even weeks in transit, naturally losing much of its nutrition along the way.

On the other hand, flash-freezing freshly-picked produce immediately after harvesting can slow down the process. Which isn’t to say that fresh isn’t better, of course. It just means that if all you have are frozen peas, it’s perfectly okay. You don’t have to let it go … to waste.

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Fresh fruit and vegetables are more nutritious than frozen

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