There are several sayings/beliefs regarding some routine foods. Are they true
I have included some of the beliefs on Taboo Foods During Pregnancy Here, I will discuss some more common beliefs .
Belief: Taking Honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm water every morning helps reduce weight.
The lemon juice has some vitamins, specially the vitamin C. Let us look at the sugar contents of honey, it has 40% Fructose and 60% Glucose. Glucose increases the blood glucose making us feel good. Since, its only 60% glucose, the blood glucose does not rise as rapidly as table sugar, making it more acceptable for diabetics. The fructose goes directly to the liver, and may raise triglycerides. The effects of sugars contained in honey have mixed results. In any case, it does not increase metabolism. In reality, it can have more negative impact than positive impact. A ten minute exercise on empty stomach will do more to increase the metabolism than honey and lemon juice.
Belief: One tablespoon of Ghee in a glass of warm milk helps to grow taller.
Milk contains Calcium and protein and will help your height till the end of puberty. Ghee on the other hand is almost all saturated fat. It will not play any part in increasing height. Saturated fats can lead to cardio vascular and heart disease.
Belief: Exercise is a must to reduce weight
A one mile walk will burn same number of calories as sitting on a computer for two hours, or the number of calories in a cup of low fat milk. The key to losing weight is to reduce the caloric intake. Exercise helps increase the metabolism and is essential for maintaining weight. Exercise also helps building muscle mass.
Belief: Diabetics must eat Roti made with either Bajra or Jowar
Bajra and Jowar are low in Gluten. Diabetics with gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat. Less than 5% of diabetics are gluten sensitive.
Belief: Drink milk to alleviate heartburn
In the immediacy, the milk may seem to help, however after about 20 minutes, the heartburn will get worse.
Belief: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
It is true that fresh fruits should be a major part of your diet. This originated in United States. Apple was the first fruit recognized for its nutritional value. At that time tropical fruits were not readily available. If a new phrase was to be coined today, it might say 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away', or 'A guava a day keeps the doctor away'.