Do carrots really help you see in the dark?

The study showed that a large portion of Britons have certain beliefs about what we should and shouldn’t eat - but how many of them are valid?

Carrots help you to see in the dark, oranges are the best source of vitamin C and avoiding fruit in the evening are food ‘facts’ we get completely wrong, according to experts. A study of 2,000 adults has revealed many are mistakenly believing commonly-held beliefs when it comes to the food and drinks they consume. But now nutritionists have shed light on the truth.

While more than a fifth of adults think juicing your fruit is as nutritious as eating it whole, registered public health nutritionist Dr Emma Derbyshire, who is working with Love Fresh Berries, said vital fibres and nutrients are removed in the juicing process.

And although nearly half believe eating too much fruit rots your teeth, Dr Derbyshire confirmed most sugar found in fruits will not do this.

She said: “We are in the information era yet it seems that ‘over’ information could be confusing the lay public. We must remember to utilise information that is evidence-based rather than trusting ‘popular’ followers. Thanks to social networks, people's views on food are now open to the public. When it comes to fruit, there are many myths, but we must not allow them to influence what we eat. The benefits of fresh fruit far outweigh any mythological flaws.”

Nicholas Marston, chairman of Love Fresh Berries, added: “There are so many food myths and misinformation around that it’s sometimes hard to know what is actually good for you and what we should be eating. Often the difference between truth and a myth can be somewhat unclear so it’s important to distinguish between them and get information from reputable sources, not hearsay.”