By Romit Malhotra
Vitamin C doesn’t protect from cold, diabetes doesn’t affect elders only, and your microwave doesn’t destroy the nutrients. And so many more health myths you should not believe anymore.)
Do you believe that carrots improve vision? Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Or you fear that microwave can kill the nutrients in your food?
Myth#1: Vitamin C Protects You from Cold and Flu
It was Dr. Linus Pauling, a Noble Prize winning chemist, who championed vitamin C as a “cold thwarting” remedy in 1970s. But it is partially true.
Vitamin C increases the efficiency of immune system to fight off infection and cold when you are sick. But it can’t stop you from getting cold and infection. Simply put, vitamin C helps you overcome sneezes, sniffles and coughs, but it can’t protect you from cold. Instead of swallowing vitamin C pills every day, practice these things to avoid cold and flu…
Wash your hands with alcohol based sanitizer
Avoid contact with sick people
Get a flu shot
Wear several layers of lightweight warm clothing
Myth#2: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
This proverb is right as apples are loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene and fibers which are very beneficial for overall health. However, it is not the only way to keep a good health. Taking just one kind of food is not enough unless it’s a part of a healthy food pattern. Therefore, make sure to combine “an apple a day”regimen with adequate sleep, plenty of water, exercise and rest. Maintain a positive attitude and take balanced diet.
Myth # 3: Monosodium Glutamate Does Bad to Your Health
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a key ingredient used in many Chinese recipes. It gives meaty and savory flavor to Chinese foods. However, the common belief is equally distasteful about MSG. This Chinese salt is believed to cause nausea, heart palpitations, numbness and headaches. Well, this is just a misconception which was originated in 1968 by Dr. Ho Man Kwok via his letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. According to a report published in the Mayo Clinic, there is no link between MSG and these symptoms. Although a small percentage of people experience short-term reactions which are usually mild and don’t require treatment. In fact, FDA has approved MSG as a “general recognized as safe” food.
Myth # 4: Blood Tests are for Unhealthy People Only
Your blood tells a lot about your health. There may be a disease taking place inside your body, no matter how healthy and hale you are. For example, an increased level of cholesterol in the blood is an indication of heart disease. Therefore, a proper blood examination will prevent a disease from worsening, which otherwise may prove lethal in the long run. Go for a blood test at least once in a year.
Myth # 5: Diabetes, Thyroid or Cholesterol Affects Only Elders
This belief was true in the past. But now these “elderly disease” are common in the age group of 25-30 years, thanks to the sedentary lifestyle, office stress, and poor diet. Nowadays, people are less immune to diseases, no matter how young they are. According to the National Institute of Health, 208,000 people younger than 20 years are suffering from diabetes. Another study has found that 4.6% people age 12 and older are living with hypothyroidism.
Myth # 6: Microwave Kills the Nutrients in Food
Microwaves will destroy all the nutrients in the food. However, according to many researches, it is just a baseless myth. Every cooking method can affect the nutritional value of food depending on the cooking time, amount of liquid and the cooking temperature. In simple words, the food prepared in less time with little liquid has the highest nutrients. Microwave doesn’t use liquid to heat the food and does the work faster and better, thereby retaining the nutrients.
Myth # 7: Eating Carrots Improves Your Vision:
This was just a propaganda used by the British Royal Air Force during WW2 as they were secretly using a “night vision RADAR system” to locate enemy in nights. Carrots are a great source of Beta-carotene, a type of Vitamin A that benefits your eyes. However, carrots may help prevent deterioration than improving eyesight.
So these are the health myths you should stop believing now to lead a healthy life.
Romit is a Marketing Manager at Phytoplant Research S.L., a Medicinal plants research and development company in Spain.