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The study found 32 % mistakenly believe organic fruit is much healthier than a non-organic counterpart, when in fact there is a negligible nutritional difference between the two types of fruit. And more than a third of Brits also subscribe to the old wives tale about celery taking more calories to eat than it gives you, although it isn’t true.
Despite this, 50 % of the nation think they are ‘knowledgeable’ about food. 44% don’t bother sourcing nutritional information but the majority that do use websites to do so. Brits are also more likely to seek nutrition knowledge from TV than they are a medical professional or nutritionist.
“With the growth of social media we have seen a huge rise in unqualified influencers giving nutritional advice to followers, even telling them not to eat fruit or berries because of high sugar content, or because they’ll rot your teeth when in fact, berries are nutritional powerhouses which have many health benefits.”
List of food myths:
“Oranges are the best natural source of vitamin C”
Strawberries actually contain more vitamin C than oranges (57 mg/100 g compared to 42 mg/100 g compared to oranges). Only seven strawberries provide the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system, as well as reduces fatigue.