6 Health Myths You Always Believed !

[big_title]6 Health Myths You Always Believed ![/big_title]

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Health Myths

When I was a kid my mom always asked me not to go outside with wet hair or I would catch a cold. Almost all of us have heard this from our elders and believe it, but is there any evidence or supporting fact proving that going out in cold with wet hair will win you a cold. Certainly not! So what we have been believing in for so many years is nothing more than a mere myth. These are the 6 myths about health you always believed in:

[big_title2]1. Chocolate Causes Acne: [/big_title2]

What We Think:

Teenagers are always warned that eating chocolates will result in a face covered with pimples, and so, many of them prefer eating flavors other than chocolate to avoid skin problems.

What Science Says:

An experiment was done at the university of Pennsylvania by Dr. Albert Kligman in which he gave real chocolate bars to teens with acne and to others gave bars that tasted like chocolate. According to his observation, no significant variation in the acne or the tissues causing acne was seen between the ‘real’ chocolate and ‘fake’ chocolate group.

Conclusion:

There is no relation between Chocolate and skin health. Maybe this myth is more “parental” than medical.

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[big_title2]2. Carbohydrates Make You Fat: [/big_title2]

What We Think:

If you take a diet rich in carbohydrates, for example: two slices of bread, it will obviously make you fat. So, if you want to lose weight quickly don’t look at the food having carbs. No biscuits, no bread, no cakes.

What Science Says:

Carbohydrates are actually the fuel of our body. If you take carbohydrates out of your food, you are running your body out of fuel. Studies have shown that those people who take carbohydrates out of their diet lose weight quickly but this doesn’t mean that “Carbohydrates make you fat!”. Like every other component of our diet if carbohydrates are taken excessively, they will deposit in body as fat and will ultimately cause weight gain and obesity.

Conclusion:

Carbohydrates don’t make you fat, their excessive intake does.

Health Myths

[big_title2]3. Going Out With Wet Hair Gets You a Cold: [/big_title2]

What We Think:

Mothers always have been warning their kids from going out in cold with wet hair fearing they would catch a cold. Well, there might be a reason behind this… but, No! Science has denied this myth stating that there is no scientific reason behind this thing.

What Science Says:

A study was conducted in England in which a group of volunteers were inoculated with a cold virus up their nose. Half of them stayed in a warm atmosphere while the other half stayed in an open air lobby after taking bath and water dripping from their hair. Then, they stayed there for another hour wearing wet clothes, but none of the group had more cases of getting a cold, or a more severe one, than the other.

Conclusion:

Cold weather does not have an effect on your immune system.

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[big_title2]4. Microwave Radiations Create Dangerous Compounds in Your Food: [/big_title2]

What We Think:

It is a habit at our homes to not use microwaves to warm food for elders or toddlers, instead we prefer heating it on the stove. Elders have also been heard saying that harmful compounds are formed in food heated using microwaves.

What Science Says:

Science says that radiations from microwaves don’t affect the food at all rather the heat produced during this process may be responsible for the changes in chemical composition of food. Some thing dangerous comes in our mind when we hear the word “Radiation” but in actual it only causes heat, the same heat which is produced when food is heated in any other way.

Conclusion:

Microwave radiations are not the direct cause of any kind of chemical changes that occur in food.

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[big_title2]5. Food Quickly Picked Up From The Floor Is Safe To Eat: [/big_title2]

What We Think:

Kids often drop food on the floor while eating. Parents are seen to quickly pick up the food and hand it over again to the child because they think that food quickly picked up from the floor is safe to eat.

What Science Says:

According to experiments, the moment food drops on floor it catches large amount of bacteria. So, there is no difference you pick it up quickly or wait for a minute. It catches less bacteria when dropped on carpet but catches carpet threads.

Conclusion:

Food dropped on floor catches germs whether you pick it up quickly or wait for the germs to gather around the food!

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[big_title2]6. An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away[/big_title2]

What We Think:

We have been hearing this since we were in Kindergarten: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Over the years we have developed a thinking that eating one apple everyday will keep us away from all the diseases.

What Science Says:

Let it be clear in your minds that eating a bunch of blue berries or drinking a glass of milk daily also keeps the doctor away. In short, eating a balanced and healthy diet daily keeps the doctor away.

Conclusion:

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is just a proverb. Don’t take it literally !

References:  WebMD, EatingWell

 

Haseeb Elahi.

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