Certain health myths have had a hold on society for many long years, and it’s about time someone put a stop to it…
That’s why we decided to debunk these well-known health myths, once and for all. From the absurd ‘5-second rule’ to the gluten-free phenomenon, we’ll bet you’ve encountered these myths in one way or another. Now you can free yourself from these barbaric and nonsensical myths and start living your life! You will be much better informed about a range of subjects once we’ve debunked these 25 health myths…
The 5-Second Rule
No it doesn’t exist, no matter how badly you wish it did. Scientists finally debunked the 5-second rule after they dropped food on the floor, picking it up and analyzing it after 5 seconds. The food was covered in bacteria. Duh!
Swimming After Eating Is Dangerous
Quite the opposite is in fact true! Soon after a person eats more blood flows to the digestive system and takes blood away from muscles. This means it’s less likely to get cramps when swimming after eating.
Carrots Improve Vision
They are very good for you, highly healthy, and are packed with vitamins. However, carrots won’t help to improve your eyesight at all, or indeed eating any vegetable. The only thing is, that carrots help with something called macular degeneration in the elderly. This condition often leads to blindness, hence the connection.
Warm Milk Aids Sleep.
Milk contains something called tryptophan, which is believed to be an effective sleeping aid. However, the amounts are so small that you would have to drink gallons of milk to get sleepy.
Eggs Are Unhealthy For The Heart
This all comes down to the cholesterol myth, that high amounts are unhealthy, but this has never been proven. Due to the fact that egg yolks have 211mg of cholesterol in them, it has been alleged that they are bad for the heart. The fact that heart disease and high cholesterol from eggs has never been proven to be dangerous means that what you eat isn’t necessarily what you are.
Fasting Gets Rid Of Toxins
Sure it sounds feasible enough as a concept but it simply isn’t true. Toxins are removed by the body via the liver, kidneys and spleen. Fasting can be good for you, periodically, but it doesn’t remove any toxins from your system.
Gluten Is the Root of All Evil
Gluten is a naturally occurring protein composite found in wheat, barley, and rye. However, unless you suffer from Celiac Disease, which only affects roughly one percent of the population, gluten is a completely healthy part of a balanced diet. It actually acts a vital binding agent in most wheat products, such as bread and pasta. So, tell that friend of yours on on a gluten-free cleanse that he/she has fallen victim to yet another health fad!
Reading With Low Lights Leads To Blindness
It does strain the eyes, and is fairly uncomfortable, however, there is no proof at all that reading in low light leads to blindness. Also, if it were true, our ancestors would all have been blind as electricity wasn’t around back then.
Calories Are ‘More Fattening’ At Night
Another piece of total nonsense, and a myth that has been debunked many times over. The fact of the matter is that calories are calories, no matter what time of day they are eaten.
Cracking Knuckles Causes Arthritis
It sounds disgusting when people do it in front of you, or behind you for that matter. It’s a bad habit and one you should try to avoid. But it won’t lead to arthritis, and don’t believe people if they say it will. Studies prove that it simply isn’t true.
Low-Fat Diets Reduce Weight
The allegations have been debunked for many years now. Low-fat diets do not reduce weight, and can actually be very unhealthy for a person. The main thing is to eat non-processed, raw foods, if you are serious about dieting and staying healthy.
Cold Causes Colds
The common cold is a pain in the neck when it comes around, but you just have to bed down with your Kleenex and deal with it. Cold temperatures have nothing to do with colds, as they are a viral infection which is passed from person to person.
Microwaving Food Creates Chemicals
Food from the microwave is usually soggy and not that appetizing. But it is quick and convenient and when you’re in a hurry, sometimes it’s a must. But claims that ‘nuking’ your peas causes them to become toxic with chemicals is untrue. All that actually happens is that the atomic energy is converted into heat.
Feed A Cold, Starve A Fever
Sure it sounds good, and is one of those old wives tales you really want to believe is true. However it isn’t, not even slightly. Whether you have a cold or a fever, it’s important to eat and drink as much as you can, to stay fully hydrated.
Gum Stays In The Gut For 7 Years
No it doesn’t. Even though chewing gum is not the best habit, especially if it’s laden with sugar and a bunch of e numbers. However, it doesn’t stay in your stomach for 7 years, it is passed like all other food, within a few days.
Heat Is Lost Mainly Through The Head
No it isn’t, even though most people would swear blind that it is. This myth has its origins in a US Army Field Manual, which stated that around 45% of body heat is lost through the head. The truth is that the body loses heat on any part of it that is uncovered. The head, particularly the face, just happens to be exposed most of the time.
Muscles Become Fat Without Exercise
Another myth, and it’s a good thing this one has been debunked! Muscles and fat are totally different tissues, and don’t really affect each other. This is to say that fat doesn’t turn to muscle and muscle doesn’t turn to fat.
Snacking Is Bad For Health
Sure, chowing down on cookies and potato chips all day isn’t good for you, not at all. But snacking is a normal natural part of being human. As long as you snack on the right foods, like nuts and fruits, snacking can be a more healthy option than large meals.
Sugar Leads To Hyperactivity In Kids
Another non-truth which we know you thought was true, till now. While sugar isn’t healthy at all, either for kids or adults, no scientist has ever made an actual connection between sugar and a child’s behavior.
Fat Comes From Carbs
Carbs don’t make people gain weight, even though it has been claimed for years that they do. It’s only calories that lead to weight gain, and a lack of exercise, of course.
The Keto Diet
In 2018, the diet that took America by storm was the Ketogenic or “keto” diet, which focused on eating high-fat foods and cutting out sugar and carbohydrates. While it helps dieters lose weight in the beginning, the diet hasn’t been proven to be healthy over a long period of time. One main concern is that people following the keto diet eat too much meat and processed foods and don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
Milk For Strong Bones
For decades, Americans have been led to believe that milk is part of a healthy diet and is a good source of calcium and vitamin D for strong bones. The truth is, that was all marketing. In reality, studies show there’s no link between drinking more milk and having fewer bone fractures. And depending on the quality of the milk, it might be exposing you to the antibiotics and growth hormones given to the cows it comes from.
Coffee Stunts Growth
It has long been believed that caffeine consumption stunts bone growth in children yet researchers have failed to find any proof to support the belief. However, researchers have found that increased caffeine intake can slightly limit calcium absorption in adults.
Stress Causes High Blood Pressure
Stress has long been believed to cause high blood pressure, however, this is only partly true. Stress can temporarily increase blood pressure, but according to the British Medical Journal, it doesn’t contribute to chronic high blood pressure.
The Juice Cleanse
Juice cleanses are touted for a variety of health benefits like cleaning the colon, flushing the body of toxins, helping weight loss, and clearing skin. Yet many of these claims are completely unfounded. In addition, juices can be extremely high in sugar and juices strip fruits and vegetables of their fiber, which help to stabilize blood sugar.