I occasionally hear the most outlandish things from people about various common foods. I don’t believe any of them- most of them seem either batshit crazy, or something that would cost the manufacturer way more than any benefit they might derive.
[li]Diet Coke really has the same number of calories as regular Coke, but Coca Cola just pays a fine to the government for mislabeling so they can keep selling it as a diet soda.[/li][li]Cadbury Creme Eggs are actually a hard candy center covered in chocolate, until they’re treated with enzymes to liquefy the fondant.[/li][li]Arby’s Roast Beef that they slice for the sandwiches comes to the stores in powder form, and one of the jobs that people do is to mix it up with water and boil it before they slice it up.[/li][li]Mass-produced beer has all sorts of additives in it- formadehyde being the most common purported preservative additive; usually claimed to be the cause of hangovers.[/li][/ul]
Also on this very board, I’ve heard that citrus fruit have enzymes that will tenderize any meat and that tough meat is a “myth”.
So what crazy things have you heard people claim about food? Doesn’t have to be false- it can be crazy and true if you like.
I worked with a flake who claimed everyone is allergic to wheat and we should all stop eating bread. She’s the same flake who got all pissed off because her mother offered her 5-y/o son a banana - BANANAS ARE FULL OF SUGAR!!!11!!!1!!! :eek: She acted as if grammy was force-feeding pixie stix to the kid.
I know she had other inane food theories but I’ve managed to forget the rest. What really killed me were the women who came to her for dietary advice! :rolleyes:
I once worked with a woman who claimed she had “multiple chemical sensitivity.” She claimed that the smell of some food made her so sick she had to go home. I was once eating a candy bar and drinking coffee. It made her sick. I was once drinking a cup of something and she claimed “your coffee is making me sick.” When I pointed out it was tea, she asked if there was anything in it. “Yeah, some sweetner.” “Oh, that stuff makes me so sick. I have a headache. I have to leave.”
Oranges are a veggie now? Damn, I just can’t keep up.
We’re treating wounds in the kitchen now? Damn, I just can’t keep up.
The first cite says nothing about honey as a food. The only thing the second cite has to say about culinary use of honey is, on page 3: "Even if honey is natural, it is no better than ordinary white or brown sugar for dieters or people with diabetes, says dietitian Toby Smithson, RD, CDE, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and founder of the web site, Diabetes Everyday.
A tablespoon of honey, in fact, has more carbohydrates and calories than granulated white or brown sugar."
I am very well versed in the *medicinal *virtues of honey. But from a *culinary *standpoint, it is not realistically healthier than sugar or HFCS. It has trace levels of some vitamins and minerals, but none that most of us are deficient in, and not at levels that are useful for meeting the USRDA for anything.
Add salt for flavor, if you like, but it will not increase the cooking time a measurable amount in a household kitchen.
But the animals are not allowed to be raised in the same kind of factory farm. At least that is what I always heard.
Wheat certainly does cause problems in some people. And milk.
Here’s one that is propagated by the aforementioned Marian Nestle: All calories have the same effect on weight gain. Research is showing that carbs are more readily turned into body fat than even fat. It must be that some fat is not absorbed and therefore excreted.