Does ice cream make you lose weight?

Vacation-related myths and facts

There is a plethora of wildly contradictory nutrition claims, mostly originating from the spread of outdated information, or from a misconception that there is some universal truth. Today, we are going to focus on the most widely discussed nutrition questions associated with vacation, trying to find the most rational answers.

Ice cream makes you lose weight

Have you ever heard about the idea of negative calories? If your intuition tells you it sounds too good to be true, you are absolutely right. But, as with most myths, there is a grain of truth in it. The fact is, eating foods provides calories, but also involves energy expenditure related to chewing, swallowing, digesting or warming up the food.

However, there are no food products that would provide fewer calories than it takes to digest them. And it is especially true about ice cream which usually packs a powerful punch of calories from easily digested sources: carbohydrates and fat.

No need to supplement vitamin D in summer

Current guidelines recommend that everyone should take a vitamin D supplement from September to April in a daily dose of 800-2000IU. However, there are exceptions to this rule. You can discontinue vitamin D supplementation if your body produces it as a result of exposure to the sun. The process mostly takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (when the angle at which UV rays reach the Earth’s surface is optimal) and requires unprotected exposure of bare arms and legs to sunlight for at least 15 minutes. If brief sun exposure on a regular basis is not an option due to the nature of your job or sensitive skin that needs sunscreen protection at all times, you should consider year-round supplementation.

Only have fruit before noon

There is no such thing as a bad time for healthy food. You can eat fruit on an empty stomach, with meals, as snacks, appetizers or desserts. There is not a single sound argument supporting the claim that fruit will ferment in your stomach if you eat it in the afternoon.

Our digestive tract is able to digest and absorb the nutrients from fruit at any time of the day. On the other hand, there is some scientific evidence suggesting that eating fruit right before or after a meal can contribute to a reduced total caloric intake and minimize the risk of overeating.

Clean your veggies with a special wash

In recent years, there has been growing public concern about pesticide residues in foods. As a result, there are countless fruit and veggie wash recipes floating around the Internet. The ingredients they usually contain include high amounts of vinegar, citric acid, ethanol, baking soda and soap. The very process of washing is disputable. Is there any point in making food preparation so complicated?

The EU enjoys a high level of food safety. Numerous controls and regulations ensure compliance with very high quality standards for food produced and sold across its member states.

A recent analysis by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) showed that 96% of the tested food samples contained pesticide residue levels that fell within strict legally permitted limits (and even exceeding the limits does not automatically make a product unsafe).

Considering this, eating your fill of seasonal fruit and vegetables will definitely have more health benefits than limiting the total amount you eat because of the problems with preparing them for consumption.

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