Around the world, people have beliefs about certain food and drink. Some people think that chicken soup is good for a cold. Others believe that it is unhealthy not to eat meat. The question is, are any of these beliefs true? Read this factsheet to find out.
Belief: Chicken soup helps to fight a cold.
Fact: For centuries, people have believed that chicken soup is a good cold remedy. Now, doctors say this belief may be true. Researchers think that chicken soup contains a special chemical that stops a cold from getting worse. Also, heat from the soup can make a person feel better.
Belief: A vegetarian diet is unhealthy.
Fact: Meat, especially red meat, contains protein that the body needs. A person who doesn't eat meat can get enough protein and be healthy by eating tofu, eggs, nuts, and certain vegetables.
Belief: Chocolate causes pimples.
Fact: This is a common belief that is not true. Many researchers say that eating chocolate does not cause pimples. More often, the cause is stress or not getting enough sleep.
Belief: Tea is better than coffee.
Fact: A study in 2002 showed that black or green tea contains substances that can protect your heart, fight cancer, and lower fat in your body. Coffee does not do this.
Belief: Foods like bread and potatoes are fattening.
Fact: Bread and potatoes do not contain much fat, or many calories. Eating too much and not exercising can cause us to gain weight. Also, adding fattening things like butter to bread and potatoes can raise the number of calories we eat.
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1. Concerning a kind of belief what can be good for a cold?
2. Concerning another kind of belief what can cause pimples?
3. Concerning the text what kind of foods are fattening?
4. Concerning the text, is coffee better than tea? Explain.
5. Concerning the text what kind of food can supply your body with protein?
6. According to the text are bread and potatoes fattening? Why?
7. Make a summary of this text.