Thursday, April 24, 2014

Professor Quoted in Article

A couple articles ago I started a look at some popular food myths that have no real scientific merit. I love these things as they help people make better, more informed choices about food without being mislead by popular hearsay. Here are a few more food myths for you to ponder:


Your body can’t use the protein from beans unless you eat them with rice.
This is a myth that I once believed in as it pertained to how we would design complementary ingredients when creating new dishes.  Now we know better.  Proteins - which our bodies need to make everything from new muscle to hormones - are made up of different combinations of 20 amino acids. Thing is, our bodies can make only 11 of these amino acids; we must get the other nine from food. Animal-based protein-rich foods like eggs and meat provide all nine of these “essential” amino acids, but nearly all plant foods are low in at least one. Experts used to say that to get what your body needs to make proteins, you needed to pair plant-based foods with complementary sets of amino acids - like rice and beans. Now they know that you don’t have to eat those foods at the same meal. “If you get a variety of foods throughout the day, they all go into the ‘basket’ of amino acids that are available for the body to use,” says Winston J. Craig, Ph.D., R.D., nutrition department chair at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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