My favorite part of the blogosphere remains the discussions in the comment section, and as LuAnne suggested in a comment, here comes part II of the True or False series, this time, about food. As a reminder, our first installment was myths about our very own bodies, so what better way to continue than with things that go into our bodies, and that means food! (What did you think it meant? 🙂 )
WHITE CHCOLATE IS CHOCOLATE: as even my youngest family member has learned to recite every time the question of chocolate comes up, “white chocolate is NOT chocolate!” What it is, is closer to butter since it contains no cocoa solids. Instead, it’s typically made of cocoa butter, milk, and sugar. Really? Yes, really. When cocoa beans are broken down to bits, they’re called cocoa nibs. When they undergo a grinding process they can be separated into two components, the cocoa paste─or solids─and cocoa butter. Cocoa butter, not having any chocolate in it is white, and the misnomer was born: “white chocolate” more accurately, cocoa butter. But how many people would eat a bar of “cocoa butter”, even if it’s wrapped up in a pretty wrapper? 😀
The 5-SECOND RULE: the 5-second rule refers to the idea that if you pick up a food item that fell on the floor in 5 seconds or less, it’s still ok to eat since nastiness has not had enough time to latch on to it. I’ve even heard people enact a 10-second rule, perhaps because it was a particularly delectable food item that fell? True? False? It turns out that bacteria are really, really, really fast. So unless you’re The Flash, and maybe even then, there is no guarantee in saving even the most delectable foods that fell on the floor. Yes, the Mythbusters have tested it, and the video is to the left; it’s not one of their most amusing ones, certainly not to the level of what’s better to have a machete or a gun during the zombie apocalypse, but still good!
And while the debate of the 5-second rule still rages on, given factors like the moistness of the food (pastrami vs. a cracker, for example), that’s not one I’d risk. Would you?
MILK BUILDS STRONG BONES: there are many taglines that have been hammered into our heads that have to do with the goodness of milk, and common wisdom tells us how it builds strong bones. As a young girl it gave me all the excuses I needed to load up on cereal using milk as my conveyer 😀 And so we have grown up believing that milk is needed for strong bones. But is there truth in that? As controversial as it is, according to a comprehensive study published in The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research that reviewed many other studies showed that “there was no overall association between milk intake and hip fracture risk in women but that more data are needed in men.” Who knew that taglines aren’t always conveyers of truth?…
Did you know about these food myths? Any other ones you can share? Any other myths you’re interested in exploring?