Parental advice: true or false?

  • 23/05/2019
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If you’ve heard this one before, then your parents are probably right. If you have a sudden urge for some chocolate, it’s probably not down to the fact that you have a chocolate deficiency…

Nevertheless, your body is probably telling you that you’re hungry and you do need to eat something. The important thing to remember is that there’s nothing wrong with consuming most foods, (sweets and chocolates can be included in this), however, it is important to do so in moderation.


There is not a single study that confirms that this is the case. However, biting your nails can cause infections or unattractive growth.

In short, just don’t bite your nails.


Yes, if you do not provide your body with all the necessary nutrients then there will obviously be consequences.

The body has an unusual way of working. It can sense when there is a deficiency of a specific nutrient. In this case it begins to store this nutrient.

It’s a paradox; the more you deprive your body of something, the greater the risk that you will put on weight in the long-term.


It’s difficult to provide a definitive answer to this.

If you think you’re hungry it is true that you should have a glass of water. Your body can sometimes communicate messages to your brain that it is in need of food. This is not always the case. Often a glass of water can help and can eliminate any sudden food cravings. However, if you continue to feel hungry once you’ve had a glass of water, it is probably down to the fact that you’re actually hungry. In this case, have something to eat!

It is important to remember that having a glass of water before eating your lunch or dinner will reduce your appetite. This is because the water will go down and begin to fill your stomach.


No. Carrots do not help improve your nighttime vision.

The beta-carotene present in carrots does help improve your general wellbeing, however it will not help you see in the dark.


This is definitely true. Breakfast is everyone’s most important meal!

It helps replenish energy reserves that have been eaten away at while you’ve been asleep.

Whether you feel hungry or not in the morning, it’s imperative that you have at least something to eat.


Your parents have inevitably lead you to believe on more than one occasion that eating soup would induce a sudden and miraculous growth spurt.

I am afraid this is simply not true.

What is true though is that good quality soup will contain many vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body’s wellbeing.

Plus, it’s just good practice (and manners) to finish what’s on your plate!


Fish is an excellent source of protein.

However, only certain types of fish (salmon, tuna and red mullet) are particularly rich in vitamins A, D and omega 3. These elements are important in ensuring the proper functioning of the brain.


Feeling hungry is good. It means that your body is able to process the foods that you’re eating. However, being hungry all the time is not always a good sign.

Your body needs nutrients in order to function properly, nevertheless you should not feel hungry all of the time if you’re eating the right things.


Whether you’re a child or adult, tasting something before declaring you don’t like it is definitely good advice.

Appearances are often misleading, and you shouldn’t rule something out just because you don’t like the look of it.


Your parents have provided you with lots of advice (both good and bad) throughout your life. Now it’s your turn to introduce them to something good.


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