|Vegetables cooking in water lose nutrients. |
True. Vegetables contain vitamin C, folate and B vitamins, all of which dissolve in water. When you cook vegetables in water, those vitamins leach out into the cooking water along with other nutrients. In fact, a recent study in Food and Chemical Toxicology (February 2007) found that when boiled, vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower lost significant amounts of glucosinolate, an anticancer phytochemical, as compared to other cooking methods. If the cooking water is drained off, those compounds go with it.
To retain the most nutrients, cook vegetables by steaming or microwaving in a very small amount of water or stir-frying in a scant amount of oil. Also limit cooking time since heat can destroy nutrients as well.
Chronic bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene.
False. If you can’t seem to get rid of your bad breath, you may be carrying a unique type of bacteria in your mouth. A study presented at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting (April 2008) found that people with chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, have a type of bacteria in their mouths known as Solobacterium moorei, which is not found in people without halitosis.
Future research can now focus on ways to eliminate or reduce this bacteria in order to treat, and possibly cure, chronic halitosis. Until then, scientists recommend brushing with an antibacterial toothpaste at least twice a day and regularly using a tongue scraper.
Flaxseeds must be eaten in ground form in order to benefit your health
True. Flaxseeds contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins C and E, B vitamins, iron, zinc and lignans—phytonutrients believed to reduce the risk of cancer. But your body can’t break down the whole seeds to reap the benefits, so grind seeds in a clean coffee grinder or other type of grinder, or buy preground flaxseeds. To avoid an off flavor, store ground flaxseeds in an opaque, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 90 days.
Add flaxseeds to your diet gradually since they can have a laxative effect. Start with a teaspoon and work up to a tablespoon or two per day.