25 Health Myths That Need To Be Debunked Once And For All

Posted by , Updated on April 4, 2016

When it comes to our health, it always helps to be in the know. With so many “facts”, it’s hard to distinguish which ones are correct and which ones are not and with all the talk about health tips, good information is bound to get distorted over time. In 25 health myths that need to be debunked once and for all, we shed light on the supposed “medical facts” that we constantly run into.

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Sugar causes hyperactivity in children.

Sugar Causes Hyperactivity in Children

Scientific studies have failed to establish the effect of sugar on chidren’s behavior. Sugar is not linked with hyperactivity in children. In one study, parents were told that their children were given drinks with sugar. The parents reported that their kids became hyper. In reality, the drinks given were sugar-free.


Too much cold causes colds.

Too Much Cold Causes Colds

Colds are viral infections and passed from one person to another through, well, viruses. Temperature has nothing to do with it. This myth came to be because people tend to stay indoors when the weather’s cold, making it easy to transmit infections from one person to another.


Warm milk induces sleep.

Warm milk induces sleep

According to Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, who specializes in sleep disorders, milk does contain tryptophan, which is believed to be an effective sleeping aid, but only in very small amounts. That means, you’d have to drink gallons of milk before you get any soporific effect.


We get fat by consuming carbohydrates.

We get fat by consuming carbohydrates.

Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., chair of the department of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Vermont and co-author of The Eating Well Diet has put an end to this myth. There is nothing in carbohydrates that make us gain weight. The prime suspect are calories. It’s consuming too much calories that make us fat. Period.


The 5-second rule

When You Drop Food on the Floor, It's Ok To Eat It if You Picked it Up Quickly

Scientists conducted a study where a parcel of food was dropped on the floor. Citing the five-second rule, they picked up the food within seconds from the time it was dropped. A significant amount of bacteria was found on the food.

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