Many half baked ideas on
food are stomached without question by an unsuspecting public. Our
Expert Dieticians at Indiadiets.com explodes some of these myths we all
have grown up with.
There was a time when
people looked upon Desi Ghee as a panacea for all the ills that the
human flesh endures, from post natal debility to a faint heart to all
types of trauma to constipation. But in recent years the myth has been
exploded and desi ghee has taken a toss at the popularity polls. An
excess of fat is now considered harmful.
It has been established
that it is the fat in your diet that makes you fat. In other words
" The Fat you Eat is the Fat you Wear". Worse, animal fat
contains cholesterol and thus, is no friend of your heart. Dieticians go
so far as to describe Fat as Sinful.
If fat has suffered a
comedown, potatoes and rice have been exonerated. Traditionally they
were believed to be fattening. But this was a myth, linked to the
erroneous belief that all calories are equally fattening. They are not.
It is the calories from fat that are chiefly responsible for weight
gain, and potatoes and rice are almost entirely fat free. Instead they
are rich in carbohydrates calories which are readily burnt as fuel to
provide energy for our daily activities, as against the calories from
fat which are easily converted into and stored as body fat. Potatoes and
rice are therefore a valuable source of energy. If you eat potatoes with
their skins on, you get the benefit of fibre too.