10 Health Myths Busted
Everybody wants to stay fit. But sometimes we just get way too conscious and end up believing or doing anything we hear or read about health. Here are 10 health myths that you’ve been believing till now, which might help you relax on that strictly healthy diet.
10. Organic food is healthier and pesticide free.
We come across many people on a daily basis who brag about consuming organic fruits and veggies and saying that they’re not only concerned about their health but are also doing their bit to save the environment. These people are nothing but ignorant. Organic farmers also use pesticides to save their crops from damage, the only difference being that these pesticides are naturally occurring. Now you might think that since they’re naturally occurring they might good for our health. But actually, even that isn’t true. One of the most used naturally occurring pesticides is Rotenone and it directly harms the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell. Joseph D. Rosen, a food technology professor even said that the people who bought organic food thinking that it’s healthier than technically synthesized food are wasting their money.
9. Chocolate gives you acne.
Most of the teenagers suffer from zits and usually, they’re told that it’s probably because of all the candy and chocolate bars they’re having. And then they cut down their intake of probably the best thing in the world, chocolate! There is no evidence for chocolate intake causing breakouts, although it is known that chocolate will increase the sebum production. But in reality, the chances of chocolate giving you acne, are only as high as any other dairy product giving you acne. Chocolate and other sweets may increase your blood sugar levels but, to blame only chocolate for one would be anything but right.
8. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
We’ve been hearing that since school. It is true that apples are the original super food of nature. But if you think that just by eating an apple you can reduce your chances of catching any diseases or avoiding any serious health risks, you’re wrong. If you’re sick, apples won’t help you heal and if you have any fatal diseases apples will do you no good then either. 80% of the weight of apples is water so they help you keeping full without you having to actually intake a lot of calories. But apples do not have any magical healing powers that helps to keep the doctor away.
7. Ice cream makes your cold worse.
Everybody feels uneasy, gross and irritated when they have a cold. And you might wanna go have your favorite Nutty Belgian chocolate ice cream to make you feel better. But the people around you start saying things like ‘Do you want that cold to last longer?’ or ‘You shouldn’t eat ice cream with that cold.’ These are actually just baseless warnings people give you. According to the experts, cold sufferers are recommended to drink or eat dairy products such as cream-based soups, ice cream, pudding, or milk, as they are soothing on sore throats and provide calories they otherwise might not eat while they’re feeling so lousy.
6. Hair and nails keep growing after death.
You might have watched those ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ episodes where they show you protected dead bodies with very long hair and nails. Actually, there is no growth in any body part after a person dies. What happens is, that due to dehydration, a person’s skin begins to retract and shrink. Since hair and nails are not made up tissues or skin, they remain unaffected. This creates the optical illusion that hair and nails are growing when actually there is no such thing happening.
5. You should drink 8 glasses of water every day.
If there’s one health myth that has been there all along and we can’t even trace where it originated from, this is it. ‘Drink 8 glasses of water every day.’ You need 8 glasses of water to keep you hydrated enough, true. But it’s not necessary that you have to do so by consuming water only. A lot of things you intake like fruits, vegetables, soups, beer, tea, and coffee contain water too. So stop stressing yourself out and drinking water every time you go to the kitchen Also, bonus myth, coffee does not dehydrate you.
4. Alcohol kills your brain cells.
Does alcohol kill brain cells? You’ve probably heard this myth, but it’s not really true. Moderate alcohol intake doesn’t kill brain cells or even damage them. That’s because the amount of alcohol needed to kill brain cells would also kill the person drinking it. Consuming a large amount of alcohol over a long period of the time, however, may damage the dendrites. Dendrites are the thread-like structures which transfer messages from one neuron to another. This may cause cognitive problems but alcohol does not kill your brain cells, whatsoever.
3. Brown sugar is healthier than white sugar.
All that glitters is not gold and all that does not glitter is not healthier. Just because it’s a tad darker than white sugar, does not mean brown sugar is a healthier choice. The difference in calorie contents of white and brown sugars is not even significant. The only difference is that brown sugar has more molasses and after that sugar is processed a little more, the molasses are entirely removed and we get white sugar. So if you wanna keep wasting your money on brown sugar go ahead, but it isn’t that different from the reasonable priced white sugar.
2. Sitting too close to the TV can damage your eyes.
There are many parents who scold their children when they’re sitting too close to the TV sets fearing that it will harm their vision. The explanation to this one is quite simple, ‘Your child isn’t near-sighted because he’s sitting too close to the TV, but he’s sitting too close to the TV because he’s nearsighted and undiagnosed.’ Watching TV from odd angles or sitting too close does not harm your vision but it does cause fatigue and eye strain. And the cure for that is quite simple, switch off the TV and rest.
1. Soda causes obesity in children.
A lot of obese children are warned to not take soda if they want to lose weight. But the truth is that soda alone does not cause obesity. Irregular and unhealthy eating habits combined with soda can cause weight gain. But if a child eats healthy food, then soda won’t do him any harm. So just like blaming chocolate for acne, blaming soda for obesity is also wrong. You could end up just fine even if you can’t stop having soda just with a little regular exercise and control on your food habits.