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World’s Popular Health Myths and the Truth Behind them
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From our childhood until now, we have heard a lot of different sayings related to health. And until now, we have been putting blind faith in these health myths, without actually finding the truth behind them.
From telling children that carrots give you night vision to swimming after eating gives you cramps, we are surrounded by many of these myths about health. However, the problem is that sometimes these myths can be unhealthy or downright dangerous!
But now, the world has changed and so our thinking. In this knowledge advanced world, everything has to be claimed by science otherwise it’s considered false or myth. So, let’s see in what beliefs we have been putting our blind faith in!
Organic Food is better
There are various claims about organic food being pesticide-free and better for you. Unfortunately, that is all completely false. Any farmer who grows organic food is permitted to use chemicals that are naturally derived.
These natural chemicals don’t cause any health problems but their long term use and quantity, as well as quality difference, is still questionable.
Humans only have 5 Senses
After years of knowing that we humans have 5 senses i.e. eyesight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. It will be shocking for you to know that humans have more than 20 more senses.
According to recent research, there are many more prominent senses such as Nociception, the ability to feel pain, Equilibrioception, the sense of balance, and Thermoception, the sense of temperature.
Animals have other more senses like Electroception, the ability to feel natural electrical stimuli, Magnetoreception, sensing the earth’s magnetic field, and Polarized Light, the ability to use polarized light to decide which direction to go in.
You use only 10% of your brain
The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of daily activities, it also controls every single function of the body.
The “10 per cent myth” is so wrong it is almost laughable, says neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Although, there is no definite person behind this myth. It has been linked to the American psychologist and author William James, who argued in The Energies of Men that “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.”
Eating eggs every day is bad for your Heart
It’s a common myth that eating eggs every day is not good for your heart. Because it contains cholesterol.
However, the amount of cholesterol found in eggs is very low compared to many other foods. So, as long as you don’t eat dozens of eggs every day. Then, you’re good to go! Eating one or two a day will definitely won’t harm your heart.
In fact, eggs contain omega-3, which is known to reduce the risk of diet-related heart disease.
E-cigarettes aren’t that addictive as of Regular Cigarettes
Since the introduction of E-cigarettes in the market. We have often heard that they are not as addictive as compared to regular cigarettes and helps to quit smoking. But, the truth is actually far from it.
Originally, E-cigarettes were introduced as a way for adult smokers to quit. But, in the last few years, the device has its new users and that is the teenagers, who may never have smoked before.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there was a 78% increase in e-cig use among high schoolers and a 48% increase among middle schoolers, between 2017 and 2018.
All of this leads to the fact that these E-cigarettes are not that innocent as we thought. And that measures should be taken to limit their usage among teenagers as well as non-smoker adults.
For those, who are serious about quitting smoke, then follow our blog: 4 Easy and Effective Ways to Quit Smoking.
Salt leads to Heart Attacks and High Blood Pressure
This myth has been around us for many good years and chances are some of you might still believe it. However, Salt is not as damaging to health as was usually claimed.
After many years of scientific research, the results have shown very little support for the claim. The WHO recommends cutting salt intake to no more than 2g a day i.e. the equivalent of 5g of salt.
Therefore, reducing your salt intake can definitely reduce your blood pressure by 1-5mm/Hg but it has little to no effect on your chances of having a heart attack or stroke in the future.
But, if you suffer from salt-sensitive disorders like hypertension, then you should control your salt intake. And if your doctor tells you to reduce salt-intake you should always listen to their advice.
Keto Diet helps with long-term Weight Loss
Every year, a new diet fad takes the world by storm, with people religiously following it without any hesitation. One such example is the Ketogenic Diet aka Keto Diet.
According to Harvard Medical School, the Keto diet emphasizes eating high-fat foods while ditching sugar and carbohydrates, to reach ketosis, a state where the body burns fat for energy.
In fact, the ketogenic diet was ranked the worst diet to try by US News & World Report, noting that it helps with short-term weight loss but isn’t healthy or sustainable over time.
Microwave causes Cancer
Last but not least! The relation of microwave and cancer has started almost since they came into the market. There are a lot of things that people believe about microwave like the food that is microwaved lost its nutrients.
But, the truth is that microwaves do not cause cancer, which has been confirmed by some of the top researchers. If you look at the heating method of microwaves, you’ll see that they produce radiation that heats up the water molecules present inside the food, thus making it warm. But, in no way does it change the food or make it cancerous.
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