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The Truth about Food
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January 17, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Is it true that eating carrots improves your eyesight? What are antioxidants and omega 3? Should we avoid genetically modified food? With so much information it´s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the suggestions and tips that we receive on a daily basis. There are so many myths related to the food we eat, it´s difficult to know the truth about what we should feed our children. What we do know is that the eating habits we acquire during our first three years can last a lifetime. That´s why it’s so important to set down the rules for healthy eating and begin to demystify the myths.

The Popeye myth. Spinach gives your strength but not as much as they say. When German chemist Erik von Wolf wrote down his discoveries, he made an error, giving spinach 10 times more iron than they actually had. Popeye did the rest. Even though his mistake was later rectified, spinach along with clams, whole wheat cereals and meat have the iron content our bodies need.

The Truth about Omega 3. A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), proved that supplements of omega 3 fatty acids do not reduce the risk of heart disease. What the study does recommend for a healthy heart is combining the intake of fatty acids from their natural sources at least twice a week (salmon or sardines), together with exercise, lots of water, fruits and veggies.

Carrots are good for your eyes. Carrots are antioxidants and contain a high dose of vitamin A, which is good for healthy eyesight. But there are other foods that are rich in Vitamin A as well such as milk, asparagus and apricots.

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Blueberries improves our memory. Blueberries are famous for their high level of antioxidants but their miraculous properties are sometimes exaggerated. But berries aren´t the only ones. The amount of antioxidants in other fruits, such as grapes, is the same or even higher. According to Scientific American, blueberries, which are rich in flavonoids, improve memory and cognitive functions.

Genetically modified food. It´s practically impossible to avoid eating genetically modified food but it´s important to be informed as a consumer and start making small changes that will end up making a big difference. Avoid processed foods and try to buy directly from the producers or at your local market. If you eat meat, make sure it has been grass-fed. Get to know what common products are genetically modified and their regulations.

Remember that your children imitate what they see at home. If you enjoy eating your veggies and fruit, if they see you drink lots of water and eat a balanced diet, they will most probably do the same.

Photo Credits: Masahiro Ihara

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