Have you found any of those old wives’ tales your grandmother used to tell you to be true? Obviously, most old wives’ tales are just tales.
Some of those tales come from urban legends, so generally speaking, they should be taken with a grain of salt. Money spiders don’t bring money, eating yam won’t cause you to have twins, and itchy palms can hardly make you rich.
On the other hand, there are some old wives’ tales that are surprisingly true. To find out what old wives’ tales are not that far off the mark, check out these 25 Old Wives’ Tales That Are Actually True.
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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
According to a scientific study carried out by the University of Western Australia, eating just 100 g (3.5 oz) of apple each day can significantly improve your life expectancy. Apple skin, in particular, has high levels of plant compound flavonoids that help prevent cell damage, reduce cancer risk, and help people maintain a healthy weight.
Eating Bananas Gets You a Boy
Okay, so it’s not guaranteed, but it does increase your chances. Bananas are known to have a high dosage of potassium, which is the key to conceiving a baby boy. It was found that women on the banana diet had a 56% chance of having a boy, compared to just 45% of those on other diets.
The Full Moon Makes for Some Weird Behavior
Yes, this can be true. Several studies have proved that the incidences of crimes, emergency room admission, surgical mistakes, and other unusual events is higher on nights under a full moon than on other nights.
Carrots Help Your Vision
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a red-colored pigment, which helps produce Vitamin A, a key ingredient in a healthy, functioning eye. Vitamin A is particularly useful for maintaining eye health, avoiding cataracts, and slightly improving night vision. No need to go overboard though; too much Vitamin A could produce negative side-effects. So eat a few carrots, not a few pounds of carrots.
The Sharper the Blast, the Sooner ‘Tis Past
This old weather adage is usually true. When a storm builds rapidly, it’s stronger and faster than when a storm builds gradually. A strong thunderstorm has an average speed of about 50 km/h (30 mph), meaning it will only last for a short period of time. A gentle rain shower, though, can travel at a fraction of that speed and can last for days.
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