6 summer food myths…busted

This article, entitled "6 Summer Food Myths…Busted," comes from partner site 719woman.com.

If you pass on mayonnaise-heavy salads at the backyard barbecue and worry about leaving your plastic water bottle in the sun, relax. Here’s the straight scoop on staying healthy when it’s hot out.

I found this article in EveryDay with Rachael Ray (written by Adam Bible) and I have to admit:

I believed several of these “myths” were actually true…

Myth: MAYO-BASED SALADS LEFT UNREFRIGERATED CAN MAKE YOU SICK.

BUSTED… Much-maligned mayo is very safe for two reasons: It’s pasteurized at the factory and it’s full of acid, which creates an environment that stops harmful bacteria from growing. Queasy from the potato salad? Blame the spuds: Like any other non-acidic food, they’re more attractive to bacteria growth when left out, says Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland.

Myth: GRILLED FOODS UP YOUR CANCER RISK.

BUSTED… Grilled food is safe; it’s charring you should avoid -- that black, ashy layer may contain risk-increasing chemicals, says the National Cancer Institute. To nix charring, cook at a lower temp to stop fare-ups, and marinate with antioxidant-rich herbs-research suggests that taking these steps can help fend off the concerning compounds. By the way, the chemicals form only on animal proteins. If you like grilled veggies with dark, crispy bits, have at ‘ em!

Myth: ALL VEGGIE BURGERS ARE GOOD FOR YOU.

BUSTED…You may feel virtuous grilling up a veggie burger instead of a thick beef patty, but not all meatless burgers are created equal. Some are highly processed and packed with salt. Just one patty can have up to 400mg of sodium, which is 25 percent of your daily allowance, says Cynthia Sass, RD. Before you buy, read the label. You wanna see veggies high up in the ingredient list.

Myth: DRINKING HOT TEA ON A BLAZING DAY COOLS YOU OFF BETTER THAN CHUGGING ICE WATER.

BUSTED… This old wives’ tale comes from the theory that hot drinks will help make you sweat, which helps you cool down faster. But ultimately, any physiological changes caused by sipping a hot drink are too small to affect your overall body temperature.

Myth: YOU SHOULD NEVER COOK DIRECTLY ON GERMY PUBLIC GRILLS.

BUSTED… All it takes to protect your precious patties is to build a fire first. Let it burn for about 10 minutes to incinerate any funky bits left by previous grillers. (A charcoal fire reaches about 500 degrees. Most bacteria die at around 165 degrees, says Jenna Anding, Ph.D., nutrition specialist at Texas AgriLife Extension Service.) Then grab a wad of crumpled-up foil with tongs, scrub off the ashes and bring on the burgers!

Myth: WHEN YOU LEAVE PLASTIC BOTTLES IN THE SUN, CHEMICALS SEEP INTO THE WATER.

BUSTED… The water you buy at most grocery or convenience stores is packaged in bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). According to the FDA, this thin, crinkly plastic won’t leach chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), even if the bottle bakes in the sun. To make sure you’re sipping safely, flip the bottle over. See a 1 in the recycling logo? Drink on. Spy a 7? Pitch it.

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