Has your grandma ever scolded you for jumping into the pool right after eating? Though not really backed up by scientific research, that and many other food legends are passed on from generation to generation. But are all true? Here are at least some of the most popular food myths that have been debunked by science.
WOODEN CUTTING BOARDS COLLECT BACTERIA
According to UC Davis Food Safety Laboratory, this statement is wrong. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean wooden boards as thoroughly, though. Disinfect them regularly but don’t fall for those antibacterial coating ads.
SALT MAKES WATER BOIL FASTER
Science, chemistry to be more precise, can prove this statement wrong. According to LiveScience, adding salt to water won’t change its boiling point. Stop wasting your salt!
EGGS INCREASE YOUR CHOLESTEROL
The American Society for Clinical Nutrition states that cholesterol levels are actually increased by saturated or trans fats. Eggs have only 0.05 oz of fat and no trans fats at all.
FRYING INCREASES YOUR RISK OF HAVING A HEART ATTACK
According to The Telegraph, scientists couldn’t find a real connection between frying and heart attacks. This doesn’t translate as “go crazy with them;” just enjoy them with balance.
LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING OFTEN AND IN SMALL PORTIONS
There are all kinds of diets out there to help you those extra pounds you’ve put on. However, an article posted by CNN argues that there is no real connection between this way of eating and accelerating your metabolism to lose weight.
VITAMIN C FIGHTS THE COMMON COLD
Ditch this common belief. As told by a Reader’s Digest article, there’s no scientific data to prove this as a true fact. Incorporating vitamin C is obviously good for your health, but it won’t keep you away from the bed.
CARROTS ARE HEALTHIER WHEN RAW
It’s actually the other way around. According to Food Republic, processing carrots is what releases beta-carotene, the pigment that’s good for your health.
COOK CHICKEN WITH THE SKIN OFF
Another common misconception about losing weight. A Reader’s Digest article advises us to leave the skin on while baking or frying the chicken because it will make the meat more juicy and tender, and it won’t make you add up calories.
SPICES CAN CAUSE ULCERS
Spices can cause uncomfortable sensations that can feel like ulcers, which is definitely not the same. According to Reader’s Digest, this is just another myth debunked by science. So spice up your life as much as your taste buds want to.
ALUMINUM COOKWARE CAUSES ALZHEIMER’S
According to the Alzheimer Society, scientists have proved that kidneys are responsible for processing aluminum. There is no connection at all between aluminum cookware and getting Alzheimer’s disease.