13 Health Facts You Believed Are Actually Misleading

13 Health Facts You Believed Are Actually Misleading
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When we were young, we were told many health related things which were considered as health facts. All these were health myths which we all assumed to be right for a very long time because as kids, we trusted that the adults were always right, or so we thought.

Appendicitis and jumping around after eating was one of those myths that have been preached widely everywhere and guess what? They were wrong all along.

Consider this…

Up until the late 16th century, everyone “knew” that the sun and planets revolved around the Earth.

Up until the late 19th century, epidemic illnesses such as cholera and the plague were “known” to be caused by a poisonous mist filled with particles from rotting things.

Up until the early 20th century, the most common procedure performed by surgeons for thousands of years was bloodletting, because we “knew” that blood drained from the body balanced the whacky humors responsible for poor health.

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But as misinformed as all that may sound now, our predecessors believed these “facts” with the same certainty that we believe that the Earth is round and hot chocolate fudge make us fat…..

13 Health Facts which are actually misleading

To know more about the health myths that we were being misled about throughout our life, read on below for 13 health facts you have believed which are actually deceptive.

1. Using Microwaves leads to Cancer

The earlier generation used to avoid using microwaves because they believed it leads to cancer. But according to Cancer Research UK, microwaves only heat food and nothing more. The older people believed that microwaves can destroy the nutritional value of food but then other forms of heating food, such as boiling, baking and grilling also does the same thing. So what is the difference?

2. The 5 Second Rule keeps Food Clean to Eat

As kids we were told that you can pick food up again from the table and eat it as long as it’s within 5 seconds from dropping it. But the fact is that it depends more on how clean the surface is where you dropped your food. This myth was once put to test and the myth busters revealed that once your food hits a dirty surface, it will contaminate in milliseconds. So this is one of the major health facts which is actually misleading.

3. Milk Is Good for You

Milk has always been associated with strong bones and healthy teeth. Till date we believe this. But according to the Medical Research Journal, high consumption of milk leads to a higher mortality rate among men and women and higher fracture cases in women.

4. Eating Chocolate leads to Acne

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Chocolate was always considered to be a cause of acne. But a medical experiment posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted showed that chocolate did not have an effect on zits. One group which was involved in the experiment was given candy bars with 10 times amount of chocolate and the other was given fake chocolate bars. The results showed that there was no increase in zits in the group given real chocolate as compared to the other group.

5. An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

I remember when I used to go to school, my mom gave me an apple daily and said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are rich in vitamin C and fibre but according to research, an apple can do nothing to help if a bacteria or a virus gets into your system. Only a flu shot has a higher chance of protecting you.

6. Jumping after a Meal gives you Appendicitis

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As a child we always believed that jumping and running after a meal gives us an appendicitis which is the inflammation of the appendicitis. But according to the research this is not true. Appendicitis is caused when a hard piece of stool obstructs the very small opening of the appendix which leads to swelling, inflammation and infection.

7. Vitamins keep you Healthy

Multivitamins are a billion dollar business but scientists are now saying that they are almost ineffective to reduce the risk of any diseases and could be causing more harm than good. According to a journal posted in Scientific American, clinical trials done on people consuming vitamin E, high doses of Vitamin A and beta-carotene actually increases death rates.

8. Sugar is Addictive like Cocaine

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Ever saw a parody when a guy goes sneefing sugar like its cocaine and then goes on feeling “high”? In real life, most actually do believe that sugar is addictive like cocaine. But research has shown that although sugar lights up parts of the brain similar to when we are having sex or taking cocaine, there is no evidence yet to show that it is addictive.

9. Lack of Oxygen turns your Blood Blue

This is absolutely wrong because blood can never turn blue. It only becomes dark red when there is lack of oxygen in it. An article on Science line also tells us that you could be looking at your blueish veins and also the color red could be filtered to become blue because there are so many layers beneath the skin of which you are looking through.

10. Eating Carrots allows you to see at Night

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Vitamin A is good for our eyes and carrots are rich in Vitamin A. But if you think that eating lots of carrots can give you great night vision, then you are absolutely wrong. Apparently, this myth was created as propaganda by the British hoping to mask away the new development of the radar and in hopes to trick the Nazis by saying that carrots have helped the British to “see” German planes flying in.

11. Cracking Knuckles give you Arthritis

Regarded as one of the health facts, this is actually a myth. A research posted in the Journal of the American Board of Medicine clearly shows that there is no association between Knuckle cracking and Arthritis. People who crack knuckles and people who don’t were still getting arthritis for their age groups of 50 – 89 years old.

12. Diabetes is caused by High Sugar consumption

Sugar is definitely not the main cause for diabetes. However, The American Diabetes Association stated that weight gain and consuming too much sugary drinks is associated with a higher risk. So there’s not much to worry for people who eat sugar in moderation because there is simply no direct evidence to say that sugar causes diabetes and there is no need to completely cut sugar off from your diet.

Related: 10 Diabetes Myths Busted!

13. You have to stretch before exercise

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It is believed that stretching before exercise is the main way to improve performance and avoid injury. But researchers have been finding that it actually slows you down. Experts reveal that stretching before a run can result in a 5% reduction of efficiency; meanwhile, Italian researchers studying cyclists confirmed that stretching is counterproductive. Furthermore, there has never been sufficient scientific evidence that pre-exercise stretching reduces injury risk.

So these were some of the health facts which are actually not facts and are misleading. How many do you believe in?

Comments (54)

  • hi sonal,
    Really, simple and great post, I like author’s writing skills. The article is well described and useful for everyone, keep writing articles like this. Thanks

  • Hi Sonal,

    Awesome Post!

    Your post clears a lot of misconception.

    I used to think that higher sugar consumption causes cancer as it was told to me. I am fond of sweets but due to this misconception i left eating sweets at all.

    One other thing i consume milk as much as possible for health benefits.

    Thanks for posting this article. I will change my habits.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Hello Sonal,

    Great tips here 🙂

    Wonder these all were told by my parents when I was attending my school days and it was being repeated for many years.
    Very relevant for the apple one, as every one used to say an apple a day keeps doctor away.

    Stretching was one of the things that we were used to go with, as I was sports person we all need to repeat that stretching
    pro gramme before entering into the field.

    Thanks for the share.


    • Author

      Hi Shantanu

      Not only you infact all of us believed in these so-called facts. This was told to us as a child and we blindly followed them.

      Thanks for taking time out and sharing your feedback.

      Have a nice day!

  • I will still always believe that I break out after I eat chocolate. Curious if just because I believe it so much it’s because of the placebo effect.
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  • 13th one was hilarious! it seems trainers out there are misleading their clients.

  • Hi Sonal, Few things I already know and few things in post shocking. Even while research found the same and everywhere same is written. But here first time found something new about health. Thanks for sharing

  • Hi Sonal,

    I always believed that Milk is good. Thanks for busting this myth!

    Great post!
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  • Hey, Sonal! It’s extremely great and fantastic to be right here on your blog. I am so thankful.

    Actually, most of what you shared here resonated a lot with me, especially the one where you said sugar is addictive and that it causes diabetes…Well, for so many years I believed that and trust me I still do because I don’t do surgery substances.

    I feel though, that is important to research for ourselves to see what works for our health; whether it is bad or just exactly what we need to advance our lives.

    Thanks for sharing this information, Sonal. You are the best!


    • Author

      Hey Theo

      Your wonderful feedback made me really happy. It really means a lot when my readers are satisfied with my post.

      Keep writing in.

      Have a nice day!

  • Hello Sonal! What an Awesome post! I really enjoyed your facts and a few did stick out more then rest Like #3. Milk Is Good for You! Hum? I still believe this to be true! Also the last one about stretching! I love to stretch, when I wake up, before exercise, after, well I guess just anytime..

    Great Share
    Thank You
    Chery :))
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  • Interesting information about carrots. I wondered where that information came from. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Hi Sonal,
    I agree with you that chocolate does not cause acne. It is an injustice of chocolate. Thank you for your information.
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  • Really interesting, though I have to say that I’m really surprised about your last point on not warming up before exercise. That just seems wrong on so many levels – maybe not for competitive athletes but I can’t imagine diving into an aerobics class without doing a little stretching. I’m going to have to do some research on this one. Thanks for making me think about this!
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    • Author

      Hi Marquita

      Thanks for raising a point here. Well if you come up with something new do let me know also.

  • Hi Sonal,

    What a great post! I don’t think I’ve had milk since I was a little kid. You be surprised what is in that milk. I won’t touch it nor will I eat dairy products.

    I was laughing at dropping food on the floor with the five second rule. I remember kids would drop things and “Kiss it up to God” and eat it. I guess I was always a germophobe because whatever went on the floor, went in the garbage.

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      Hi Donna

      I am totally your opposite because I drink milk first thing in the morning till date.

      Thanks fro sharing your wonderful feedback!

  • Hi Sonal,
    Good post, I really find this useful. thanks for sharing knowledge. But, Ayurveda says that we shouldn’t combine milk with 4 ingredients.

  • Great myth busting and I obviously didn’t get the memo about the appendix as I was in work sitting down when it burst 🙂

  • LOL! Carrots can improve night vision? Guess the solders guarding the border should replace night vision cameras by carrots..
    Jokes apart, we all have come across these myths (especially no 12 and 13) and its high time we become aware of the facts.
    Thanks for sharing this, Sonal!
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  • It’s quite depressing how health facts come in and out of fashion. You just don’t know what to do for the best.

    I read just yesterday that “they” are now saying that “finish the course of antibiotics even if you feel well” is wrong. Well…. some say it and some don’t. Who knows? Luckily I don’t often use antibiotics!

    Completely agree about milk not being necessary / good for you, but not so sure I agree with not stretching before exercise.

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      Hi Joy

      Its right that every doctor says that we should complete the course of antibiotics even if we feel completely well. Quite strange!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hey Sonal,
    Nice post!

    Good to know that using microwaves for heating foods is safe, I had concerns regarding it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • wow, not even imagined of these things. Thanks a lot for such informative article.

  • Hi Sonal,

    Love these types of posts. Hadn’t heard about the study about stretching, interesting and opposite of a lot of other studies.
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  • Hi Sonal,
    I still like milk. The vitamins statement and the microwave and carrots for night vision I knew about. Stretching before exercise may not be accepted as it is so ingrained. Interesting article.
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      Hi Kathryn

      Even I like milk everyday in the morning.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Have a nice day!

  • Interesting post – makes you wonder about all the myths and false information that people follow. there are some good ones here …
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  • Hi Sonal,

    I have to admit some of the “old wives tales” you mentioned, I’ve never heard of. There are some that my grandmother swore by that you don’t have listed. I guess maybe each family had some things that were just considered true and it passed down the generations.

    I don’t really have much faith in the medical system at all anymore. It seems as though they are just coming up with things out of the blue to warn us about.

    I’m losing hair and it seems all of a sudden there’s a greater amount of commercials on TV about hair loss remedies for women. It makes me wonder if we aren’t being exposed to something to cause it, so we will need the products they advertise. Just sayin’
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    • Author

      Hi Monna

      Great to see you after a long time. Well yes you are very right. As a kid we have all heard many different myths and they are different from family to family.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,
    Although there may be some truth in many of the statements here, many of these are also myths. E.g., eating chocolate does not lead to acne. Maybe eating pure cocoa does not lead to acne, but eating a chocolate bar or chocolate cake might – because there are other ingredients that may combine to cause problems. There are some mixed statements about how healthy milk is for us. It depends upon whether the cows were pasture raised or filled with hormones. Microwaves, I have read, actually change the molecules of the food and do destroy the nutrients. Yes, boiling and frying can also destroy nutrients, but microwaves may cause more damage.
    For each statement, there is much controversial research that might refute the refuting of the original myth.

    Dr. Erica

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      Hi Erica

      Well you have here very good and valid points. a lot more research may refute the refuting of the original myth.

      Thanks fro writing in.

      Have a nice day!

  • When I was a kid I was told that if I used the microwave I would set off my grandfather’s pacemaker and kill him. Can you imagine being told such a thing?
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    • Author

      Hi Elise

      Well as a kid we all have heard many hilarious things. Now we laugh at them.

  • Hi Sonal,
    Thanks for your such a great and interested post.

    After reading this article I have cleared my some of the doubt like your first post about the Microwaves, I always us microwave on my house, but anytime I was thinking microwaves, food is good for health or not because in the microwaves, food heat by the magnetron so maybe that is harmful for our health but now I have cleared that doubt with your article.

    I appricate your third point “Milk is good for you” because I like milk 🙂

    I also agree with your fifith point because Apples are packed with vitamins C, A , and flavonoids and with smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron, and calcium. 10. Apples provide a source of potassium which may promote heart health. So there you have it…lots of good reasons why it is good for you to eat an apple a day!

    I really appreciate with your research, also I agree with your all the points first to thirteen.

    • Author

      Hi Cooper

      Thanks for your wonderful feedback and your motivation. It means a lot.

      Have a nice day!

  • Hey Sonal,
    Wonderful post!
    For the stretching part, I wasn’t convinced with that myth, used to warm up for 5 minutes, and directly start my workout session, no stretching.

    Thanks for sharing such an informative post!

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  • Hello Sonal,

    Really, simple and great post, I like author’s writing skills.I always believed that Milk is good. Thanks for busting this myth!

    Great post!
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