If you were told that you had to eat an apple a day to prevent a doctor’s visit – then you were lied to. Here are a few health myths that are not totally true:
1. Myth: Carrots are good for your eyes
It’s always been said that if you eat loads of carrots your eyesight will improve.
Yes, carrots are rich in Vitamin A and are good for your health but even eating truckloads of the vegetable aren't going to give you 20/20 vision.
According to the Business Insider, the myth was actually concocted during the World War ll as British propaganda. The British government wanted a way to keep the existence of radar technology a secret and conveniently attributed it to the orange veggie.
2. Myth: Everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day
The idea of drinking eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy has always been drilled into society’s mind.
It’s true, staying hydrated is very important but there’s no set amount of water you should drink a day.
In fact, Nutrition review reports have not found any connection between the amount of water you consume and kidney disease, heart disease or skin quality.
Researcher’s advice: drink water when you’re thirsty.
3. Myth: Brown sugar is healthier than white sugar
It’s a norm to put brown sugar in your tea or coffee and think you’re being super healthy. Unfortunately, just because the sweet stuff is brown doesn’t make it any better for you.
Brown sugar consists of a white sugar with some molasses – it’s a sticky brown residual syrup.
Which means brown and white sugar are basically the same thing to your body, according to Self-Nutrition Data.
4. Myth: An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This saying has been going for decades now!
Yes, apples are loaded with Vitamin C and fibre, both are very important to your health but that’s not all your body needs. If viruses or bacteria enter your body, apples will not, unfortunately, do anything to fight back, Business Insider reports.
It might be a better idea to get a flu shot to combat germs.
5. Myth: Sugar causes hyperactivity in children
A kid being hyper would most likely be blamed on the number of sweets they ate. But countless scientific studies have failed to find any evidence that supports that statement.
According to the National health institute, refined sugar does not cause ADHD or makes the symptoms worse.