Foods Choices

How often have you been stopped by your mother during a meal for adding too much salt, or received a questionable glance from her for taking extra dollops of butter? What if we told you that these foods (and several others) are not as bad as they are thought to be?

Certain foods have been demonized by health watchdogs, calling them perpetrators of slow death. But are they really? Let’s take a look at all the foods that have earned themselves a bad name, but aren’t nearly as bad of a dietary option as they seem to be.

Fizzy Water

Fizzy Water

In grocery stores, you will find aisles upon aisles of all kinds of fizzy flavored water. While some people find it refreshing, there are others who fear that consumption of this water will lead to kidney stones. They are also thought to strip your teeth of enamel and suck calcium out of your bones.

These are some serious accusations for a harmless drink! But luckily for you, there is no truth to them. The fizz is not all that bad for your body; in fact, it can actually be as good as drinking plain water, experts explain.

Carbonated water contains carbonic acid, which is created by breaking down carbon dioxide in water. This process adds only the bubbly stuff you see in the fizzy water, not calories or caffeine. Some types of carbonated water, such as tonic, mineral water or club soda, may add vitamins, sweeteners, or sodium. Be sure to read the labels before buying.

Gluten

Gluten

Gluten-free has become a buzzword in the world of fad diets. But before hopping on the bandwagon, people often wonder if there is really such a thing as gluten intolerance. According to experts, only 1% people around the world suffer from a genetic condition, known as celiac disease, that makes them gluten intolerant.

You are most likely just following a craze without knowing its health implications. Whole grains are healthful and supply you with necessary nutrients. By taking grains out of your diet, you are depriving your body of essential vitamins and micronutrients that strengthen your body. If you don’t have celiac disease, you could be doing more harm than good by avoiding gluten.

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