Food Myths
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Dear All,
I am Bobby and its so good to see you all promoting science.
I am a Food Safety Specialist and I love to talk about food. Though 'safety' is what I am always concerned about, I also work on the myths associated with our food culture.

Well, food is a part of our environment that is getting polluted because of several practices. From the Sindoor that women wear to the paint on Ganesh idols, we burden our environment with a lot of chemicals that will eventually end up in our food or water.....

Thats all for now..keep going friends!
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#2
(11-Sep-2010, 11:06 PM)bobbykrishna Wrote: Dear All,
I am Bobby and its so good to see you all promoting science.
I am a Food Safety Specialist and I love to talk about food. Though 'safety' is what I am always concerned about, I also work on the myths associated with our food culture.

Well, food is a part of our environment that is getting polluted because of several practices. From the Sindoor that women wear to the paint on Ganesh idols, we burden our environment with a lot of chemicals that will eventually end up in our food or water.....

Thats all for now..keep going friends!

Hi bobbykrishna! We're happy to have you here at Nirmukta! There are lot of interesting myths and pseudoscience about food going around. We'll want to hear from you about them smile
Aditya Manthramurthy
Web Administrator & Associate Editor
Nirmukta.com
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#3
(11-Sep-2010, 11:06 PM)bobbykrishna Wrote: Dear All,
I am Bobby and its so good to see you all promoting science.
I am a Food Safety Specialist and I love to talk about food. Though 'safety' is what I am always concerned about, I also work on the myths associated with our food culture.

Well, food is a part of our environment that is getting polluted because of several practices. From the Sindoor that women wear to the paint on Ganesh idols, we burden our environment with a lot of chemicals that will eventually end up in our food or water.....

Thats all for now..keep going friends!

Hey Bobby good to see you here. Welcome aboard Thumbup
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#4
Wow that's an interesting profession! I love eating (although I'm very thin and don't eat in great quantities) and discovering different cuisines and eatouts. Nice to have you here smile
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#5
Welcome aboard. Maybe you could start some threads about food and nutrition... there is a lot of woo on these subjects, and some of it is not clear even to me.

E.g.: "Dietician", "Nutritionist" - what's the difference, and should we be trusting one more than the other? All those people who write nutrition articles in the TOI and other rags - eat this, drink that - what kind of credentials should they have?
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(16-Sep-2010, 09:30 AM)unsorted Wrote: Welcome aboard. Maybe you could start some threads about food and nutrition... there is a lot of woo on these subjects, and some of it is not clear even to me.

E.g.: "Dietician", "Nutritionist" - what's the difference, and should we be trusting one more than the other? All those people who write nutrition articles in the TOI and other rags - eat this, drink that - what kind of credentials should they have?
Lol love that description of TOI and other rags !! true !


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#7
Dietitians and Nutritionists have the same basic qualifications like a Degree in Food Science and Nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetics. In many countries like the US, Australia and Canada, there are special courses ( that covers clinical aspects) that qualify someone as a licensed dietitian.
The ones that we mostly see are self proclaimed dietitians and nutritionists who may not be qualified to do the job. For that matter, even doctors give real bad advice on diet.

I am a food technologist and I am trained to look at food as a mix of chemical compounds that interact with each other. I tend to focus more on food safety - keeping the microbes and chemicals away from your food and in the food, doing what is better to you!
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(16-Sep-2010, 09:30 AM)unsorted Wrote: Welcome aboard. Maybe you could start some threads about food and nutrition... there is a lot of woo on these subjects, and some of it is not clear even to me.

E.g.: "Dietician", "Nutritionist" - what's the difference, and should we be trusting one more than the other? All those people who write nutrition articles in the TOI and other rags - eat this, drink that - what kind of credentials should they have?

Dietician and Nutritionist are NOT the same, at least here in the US. Dietician is a legitimate medical occupation. Nutritionist is not. Anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist, and many charlatans frequently do.
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=5891
"Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian"
~ J.B.S.Haldane, on being asked to falsify evolution.
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#9
The common myth I've encountered is not to drink milk after eating fish. Any idea how this started out?
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#10
Bala - you can hear different versions of this. Many say not to mix yoghurt with fish, milk with meat and so on. You might be aware that there are so many north as well as western Indian and Pakistani dishes that are made using milk, cream, yoghurt and fish or meat and they have been doing this for ages.

I would rather be worried about whats in the milk - formaldehyde, caustic soda or melamine!
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