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Food myths

Food myths: “When it comes to health, how wise is conventional wisdom?”

This article looks at the logic or lack thereof behind some common food myths and traditions. So I was thinking about some of the food myths I have been brought up with. One of the most bizarre was chewing your milk. I was told you had to chew your milk to digest it properly. Have you tried chewing your milk? I think maybe it was a ruse to stop children from gulping milk. I was also told not to drink water with meals because it would make the meal indigestible and yet a lot of countries offer water at meal times. Then I find myself a victim of what you can eat when. I couldn’t do the German thing of eating meat at breakfast. Nor could I eat pork buns. I couldn’t eat dessert before my main meal wither. it just feels so wrong. Then there was the one about hard boiled eggs helping you lose weight because they take more calories to digest than they have in them…food can be habit and when you confront the myths you can often eat far more sanely!



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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