Eat your vegetables! Veggie Myths and Legends

Eat your vegetables! Everyone knows they should, but many do not get the required daily allowance. Partly because of availability and partly because of taste, vegetables get overlooked when it comes time to chose a healthy snack or side dish. Perhaps an increase in knowledge will increase vegetable consumption across the board. Below we have some of the more popular myths about vegetables. See how many you believed! 

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MYTH: Potatoes are Unhealthy

Potatoes get a bad rap, because when they are fried to oblivion they are only a shadow of their potential. Potatoes are high in potassium, they are extremely filling, and if portions are kept under control, they are perfectly healthy. An added bonus is a potatoes is consumed cold (potato salad) it has resistant starch which is great for weight loss in moderation.

MYTH: Baby Carrots and Big Carrots are Different Types
Baby carrots are simply big carrots that are cut up mechanically into easy to handle pieces. Nutritionally they are exactly the same. Baby carrots are easier to prepare for dipping and fast snacks though. For this reason they may be better just because they will be less likely to rot in the crisper while waiting to be eaten.
MYTH: Frozen Vegetables are Sub Par to Fresh
This myth is not only inaccurate, the opposite often true. Frozen vegetables today are flash frozen at the peak of freshness, this means that their nutritional content at the moment is "locked in" until it thaws. Fresh vegetables lose nutritional content as they sit on a shelf. So often frozen veggies are more nutritionally dense than fresh.
MYTH: Oranges Contain the Most Vitamin C
A single orange contains 82 milligrams of vitamin C. However it should be noted that there are vegetables out there that contain higher amounts. A red bell pepper has a whopping 190 milligrams of the restorative vitamin, and broccoli has a 148!
MYTH: Corn is Too High in Sugar and Carbs to be Healthy

The carbs in corn are complex and a single ear provides 15% of the daily needed fiber. It is full of Foliate, and it can be filling when added to salsa, soup, or eaten right off the cob. Corn gets a bad rap because of Corn Syrup, but whole kernel unprocessed corn is a great nutritional choice.

MYTH: Iceberg Lettuce is Not Nutritious

Iceberg lettuce is very nutritionally dense. It received a bad rap in the past year or so because of a documentary against fast food restaurants that pointed out that Iceberg is on the lower end of nutritional values when it comes to the lettuce family. Sure it may not be as rich as its cousins, but iceberg is high in vitamin K, fiber, and many other nutrients that should not be overlooked.

MYTH: Celery is a "Negative" Calorie Food

There is no such thing as a negative calorie food. Celery is very low in calories, high in water, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cancer risk. It may not be a negative calorie food but it is worth every bite. Wash celery well before consuming to reduce the occasional bitter taste.

MYTH: Low Carb/High Protein Diets are Low in Vegetables

There is a myth that low carb/high protein diets are deficient in vegetables. Most people who follow these popular diets to the letter actually intake significantly more vegetables than people who follow no diet plan at all. There are many vegetables permitted on low carb diets, and even vegetarians can modify the plan to fit. The low carb dieters who say they had a steak and egg for breakfast and bacon for lunch with no veggies, are likely not doing the diet the way they are meant to.