Lifestyle

Microwaves, chocolate and frozen veg - food myths busted

HAVE you ever wondered whether frozen veggies are devoid of vitamins? Or if microwaves cause cancer?

Nutrition advice can sometimes be a bogeyman, scaring us into misunderstanding the pros and cons of what we put on our plate.

Today, we're busting some myths.

Myth 1: Are fresh veggies more nutritious than frozen?

Frozen veggies are usually picked in their prime and snap-frozen very soon after harvesting, which means they are chock-a-broccoli full of nutrients, while fruit and vegetables destined to be shipped to fresh-produce aisles, can be degraded of some nutrients due to long travel time.

That said, growing your own vegetables or buying them fresh from your local farmers markets, may offer more health advantages.

In contrast, canned veg tend to lose a lot of nutrients during the preservation process, which is why it's important to always read the food label or opt for fresh or frozen veggies as an alternative.

Frozen vegetables can be an important part of a convenient and nutritious diet, serving as a handy freezer friend for those busy days when you don't have time to prepare a nine-course degustation.

Verdict: They're easy to prepare and can provide you with a healthy homemade meal, saving you from the temptation of takeaway!

Myth 2: Is chocolate good for you?

Chocolate has been found, in some studies, to reduce blood pressure and the risk of stroke, as well as benefitting cardiovascular health, thanks to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that protect the inner walls of blood vessels from atherosclerosis.

If you crave chocolate, try to go for dark chocolate, with 70 per cent cacao solids and less sugar, with fat derived from cocoa butter and the added benefits of iron and magnesium.

Keep in mind though that if you're watching your waistline, there are many other better options out there.

Verdict: Best consumed in moderation and as part of a healthy balanced diet!

The best way to up your antioxidants is to munch on a variety of plant based foods.

Myth 3: Can your microwave give you cancer?

Microwave ovens do not make foods radioactive.

Microwaves heat food by producing radiation which is absorbed by water molecules in the food - this makes the water molecules vibrate and produce heat, which cooks the food - they do not make any changes to food that aren't made in any other cooking method.

In fact, microwaving is actually one of the best ways to retain all the healthy nutrients in your veggies.

Boiling can leech out valuable vitamins and minerals, but because microwaving heats up food without having to use a lot of water, it helps foods to stay nutrient packed.

Verdict: Microwaves are safe!

Myth 4: Is coffee bad for your health? 

Systematic reviews of research judge the current evidence as mostly in favour of drinking coffee.

Coffee is linked to a decreased risk of premature death, type two diabetes and some types of cancer, although more research needs to be done.

If you're a latte lover, keep in mind that adding milk and sugar to a few cups a day can significantly increase your calorific load - potentially contributing to weight gain and increased risks of chronic disease.

Verdict: It may be hard to resist, but try to avoid addiction to calorie laden drinks.

If you've got a food bogeyman to bust, go to Cancer Council's iheard.com.au for all the answers in relation to cancers.

And keep focussed on eating healthily, staying active, quitting smoking and being SunSmart!

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

Topics:  cancer council eating editors picks food



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'He's my house deposit': bulk bill IVF welcomed in Bundy

'I WORKED THREE JOBS': Krystal Templeton with her son Marty.

"This,” Krystal says holding a smiling Marty, " is my house deposit”

Bundy dad to be behind bars for Christmas

Man's matter adjourned until February

Local Partners

Rob's off to start a fresh new chapter

AFTER more than three decades delivering fruit and vegies to loyal customers across Bundaberg, Robert Ward is packing up his ute and retiring.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!