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True or false? 7 kitchen myths to bust

Chocolate is not unhealthy, if we consume 5-10 grams of it a day, dark over 75% and far from being milky.

Butter isn’t more caloric than oil, it contains in fact approximately 20% less calories, but has to be consumed carefully because rich in saturated fats (maximum 10g a day, considering the consumption of other saturated fats during the day).

Are baked carrots better than raw ones for a beautiful tan? Yes! Beta-carotene is in fact assimilated 95% more if carrots are briefly cooked and dressed with a bit of oil.

Pineapple doesn’t burn fats. There is no food in the world, whether it’s vegetal or animal, that burns fats. The solution? Do some sports and eat properly.

Water has to be drank between meals. False! A proper quantity of water (no more than 600-700ml) facilitates the digestive process.

Eliminating carbohydrates from your diet doesn’t make you lose weight. The National Institute of Research for food and Nutrition (INRAN) recommends us to take between 45% and 60% of calories in the form of carbs. Among these, the suggested quantity of sugars is 15%. Just to make an example: a person consuming 2,000 calories (a woman practicing sports moderately), can consume up to 75 grams of simple sugars and 225 grams of complex sugars. This person could basically eat two plates of 100 grams of pasta every day and still have 65 grams of complex carbs to consume without gaining weight.

Are tomatoes better raw and “au naturel” or baked and dressed? The latter! By cooking it, the lycopene (a strong anti-oxidant that belongs to the carotenoids category) becomes more “bioavailable” and it can be assimilated more easily thanks to the dressing (preferably extra-virgin olive oil). This way, lycopene is able to better protect our skin from aging.

(Chiara Manzi, president at Associazione per la Sicurezza Nutrizionale in Cucina and scientific director at Art joins Nutrition Academy)

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