10 Health Notions that Are Misleading


Growing up, we were told health ‘facts’, so that we become more cautious of what we eat and what we do in general. As we get older, we’ve adopted these health myths as facts, allowing them to control our actions and decisions. But for the sake of health and its truth, it’s time we set the record straight about these misleading health notions we have embraced since childhood.

1. You can still eat your dropped food within 5 seconds

shutterstock_395652052It has been widely spread that you can still eat your food after being dropped as long as it’s still within 5 seconds. In truth, it depends on the cleanliness of the surface of where you drop your food. Once your food hits a dirty surface, it would be contaminated instantly. The 5-second rule cannot do anything about that.

2. Using the microwave can give you cancer

You’ve certainly heard, especially from the elderly that using the microwave can prove to be lethal as it gives you cancer. However, Cancer Research UK does not agree. According to them, microwaves heat food and that’s it. You have also heard that using microwaves for heating food can destroy its nutritional value, but so does boiling, baking, and grilling.

3. Milk is healthy for you

Milk can make your bones and teeth healthy, but it has been found out that high consumption of milk is linked to higher mortality rate both in men and women. It is also linked to higher fracture instances in women.

4. Eating chocolate makes you acne prone

shutterstock_504612517Chocolate has long been pointed as the culprit for making the skin acne prone. However, a research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that chocolate has nothing to do with the zits on your face. Candy bars with high content of chocolate were given to a group of participants and the other group was given fake chocolate bars. The outcome revealed that there was no increase in acne in the group that was provided real chocolates as measured up to the other group.

5. An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Unless there’s already bacteria or virus in your system, which, in this case, an apple can’t really do anything. A flu shot has a greater chance of giving you protection from these invaders. Apples are rich in vitamin C and fiber, though.

6. Jumping after a meal gives you appendicitis

Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix, which for many, was contributed by jumping after eating. However, research determines there’s no veracity in this. Appendicitis happens when a hard piece of stool blocks the small opening of the appendix, which causes inflammation, swelling, and infection. The notion that jumping after a meal causes this medical problem simply does not fit.

7. Sugar is as habit-forming as cocaine

Many people believe that sugar can result to addiction just like cocaine. On the other hand, research indicates that sugar is not as habit-forming as cocaine, even though it ignites parts of the brain in the same way as when having sex or taking drugs. In fact, scientists have no idea what it is like for addiction to settle in the brain.

8. Diabetes is caused by high consumption of sugar

Diabetes is an intricate medical problem and high intake of sugar is absolutely not its primary trigger. Weight gain and consumption of drinks high in sugar contribute to increasing the risk of diabetes, but not necessarily cause it. Thus, if you’re consuming sugar moderately, there’s no need to feel guilty or anxious because there’s no straightforward proof suggesting that diabetes is the repercussion of sugar intake.

9. Your blood turns blue as a result of oxygen inadequacy

The fact is that blood will never turn blue. It however becomes darker red when it’s not transporting sufficient oxygen. The color red could become filtered to become blue due to the several layers of underneath the skin.

10. Cracking your knuckles can lead to arthritis

A study published in Journal of the American Board of Medicine reveals that there’s no link between knuckle cracking to arthritis. Participants in the study who crack their knuckles and the ones who don’t still had arthritis.