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Myths & Facts

Milk causes asthma

Many well-meaning parents rob their children of essential nutrients by taking it upon themselves to exclude milk. Poor diet leads to poor health, which can make asthma worse. The major triggers for asthma are infection, exercise, weather and temperature change. Food and drink, food additives and chemicals are low ranking triggers. The right diet for asthma is one that contains cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats.

Are all calories created equally

All calories are not created equal, One gram of carbohydrate or protein contains only 4 calories, but one gram of fat contains 9 calories. ‘Fat calories sneak up on you’, Dr. Goor says. ‘ A few handful of potato chips has the same number of calories as two medium-sized baked potatoes topped with non-fat yoghurt and steamed vegetables.’

Carbohydrates have a lot of bulk per calorie

Eating them triggers feelings of fullness. It’s difficult to overeat if you base your diet on them. ‘if you reduce your fat consumption from the typical 35 to 40 % of calories down to the 10 % ‘ Says Dean Ornish, M.D., the doctor who pioneered heart disease reversal using a low-fat diet, ‘you can eat one-third more food without increasing your total number of calories. You feel full & satisfied, but still reduce your risk of heart disease and the other fat related diseases and you lose weight’. In addition to their high calorie content, fats are also metabolised differently from carbohydrates. The body uses most carbohydrates. The body uses most carbohydrates quickly, and can only store about one day’s worth as glycogen in the liver and in muscle tissue. If you eat normal amounts, Dr.Goor says, ‘ carbohydrates are never stored as fat.’ Fats on the other hand, are not metabolised right away. They are stored as fat in adipose tissue, which has an almost unlimited capacity to bulge with fat. Unlike carbohydrates, fat calories don’t cause feelings of fullness, so you keep eating and eating, gaining weight, and increasing your risk of all the fat-related diseases.

Potatoes & Cakes are the villains

Most of the people beleive that carbohydrates(starches & sugars) were the dietary villian. But nutrition scientist have prove that the real villian in the diet is FAT. Carbohydrates including fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains provide most of the body’s energy. They are a main source for body energy. If weight controlled is concerned, limit your fat calories and you don’t have to worry about total calorie intake. It is not potato which is fattening but butter, sour cream and ghee people put on. The same goes for sugar. Cakes, chocolates, icecream are fattening not because it contains sugar, but because it is loaded with fat.

Milk causes mucous

Milk is only linked to mucous production in the case of true food allergy. The only way to check out a food allergy is through a controlled elimination diet and by an allergy specialist.

Is it okay to give low fat, skimmed milk to infants

Low fat and skimmed milk is not suitable for children under five. Breast milk should be used until one year. Children upto the age of two need regular milk for growth and development. Offer regular milk to children under five.


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