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True/False (Part 10)

Is it true that eating apples helps fight bad cholesterol?

TRUE… Apart from being a fruit that’s not rich in calories but in antioxidants and micronutrients, the apple is also one of the foods that helps fight bad cholesterol due to its high content in pectin and soluble fibres which help reduce the absorption of cholesterol and fat by our body. In addition, and in order to take the maximum advantage of this effect, it is advisable to consume 2 or 3 apples a day that you would eat with their skin (after having washed them thoroughly with a brush so that to eliminate the maximum of pesticides) which is rich in pectin.

Are egg proteins only found in the egg white?

FALSE… To start with, let’s remember that proteins play a critical role in many vital functions of our body. They are also crucial for its proper functioning. To get back to our question, egg proteins are NOT only found in the egg white but they are rather found in a more or less equitable way in BOTH the egg white and the egg yolk. Finally, we should know that the egg is a food rich in the kind of proteins that are of excellent quality and which are considered as reference proteins. Also, the consumption of two eggs brings us a nearly equivalent amount of proteins which are provided by 100 g of meat or fish.

How true is the fact that fish contains as much proteins as meat?

TRUE… Also, it’s good to know that meat and fish contain, both, and in general, between 18 and 25 g of proteins in each 100 g. Moreover, proteins found in fish are of a quality that is as good as those present in meat. Furthermore, it is already known that fish contains less fat than meat. And, unlike meat, such fat represents unsaturated fatty acids that have a greatly beneficial effect against cardiovascular diseases. Finally, we should also know that marine fish provides us with iodine which is of great importance for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

Does the melon belong to the same family as cucumbers and zucchinis?

TRUE… To start with, let us note that the Cucurbitaceae family (to which our dear melon belongs) is a family of plants that includes about 800 different species. The best known among them comprise the following: cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkin, watermelon, etc. In addition, the importance of these plants lies in their being low in calories and high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

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