Experts clear the air on widely held misconceptions and beliefs about food. They address questions on myths on the daily diet, pregnancy and babies, fuelling workouts, sickness and what we drink.
Poon Chian Hui
Assistant News Editor
Ng Wan Ching
Mind & Body Editor
This story was first published in November, 2015 in an e-book titled 50 Food Myths Busted, in The Straits Times Star E-books app. In the book, experts clear the air on widely held misconceptions and beliefs about food. They address questions on myths on the daily diet, pregnancy and babies, fuelling workouts, sickness and what we drink. The book was conceptualised and written by the team at Mind & Body, the weekly health features section in The Straits Times.
Preface by Poon Chian Hui, editor, Mind & Body
Eat this, not that. People have plenty of beliefs about food – even more so when it comes to their health.
At Mind & Body, a health features section of The Straits Times, we get questions from readers about nutrition, dietary guidelines and even warnings about certain food items.
But the answers aren’t always clear-cut. Studies may contradict each other, and experts can have different opinions.
The Mind & Body team rounded up 50 confounding food myths and asked doctors and dietitians islandwide to clear the air, once and for all.
You will also find handy tips on how best to navigate each situation.
Should you always choose fresh produce over frozen food? Does eating before exercise give you cramps or stitches? And will consuming more fibre help to ease constipation?
Read on to find out – the answers may surprise you.