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.
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.
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.
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
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.