We’ve all been there: You spout off some amazing scientific fact to dazzle your friends but then, shock horror it turns out what you said isn’t even true. Avoid that awkward moment again with these busted myths.
There are bugs in your strawberry Frappuccino.
It would be unfair to say that this was never true. Starbucks previously used a food dye in their strawberry frappes that came from crushed up beetles. But as of 2012 they no longer use this dye. Not to freak you out but that dye is used in a lot of foods.
The seven-second rule
It turns out it takes just a fraction of a second for bacteria to infect something. But it’s a judgement call. If you drop it on a relatively clean floor then it’s probably going to be okay. If you drop a pasty on the sidewalk it’s time to let it go.
The chemical tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy.
Apparently, some folks blame Turkey for the fact that people generally feel sleepy after their big Christmas meal. Turkey does contain tryptophan and it can be associated with a relaxed state, but cheese contains It too. Turns out it’s more than likely a combination of carb overload and alcohol giving you that Christmas nap feeling.
Eating chocolate gives you acne.
Scientists actually studied this. They fed one group loads of yummy chocolate and another group a bunch of fake chocolate. There was no difference in the number of spots in the subjects from each group.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Obviously, apples are good for you. They contain stuff like Vitamin C and fibre. But you need a lot more than that and if you are suffering from Ebola…sorry that Apple ain’t going to do squat for you!
Organic food is pesticide-free and more nutritious.
Farmers that produce organic food can still use chemicals as long as they are naturally derived and often these are worse for the environment than the artificial ones. The bright side is that the levels of chemicals are such that they aren’t damaging to humans (which is the case in organic and non-organic grown fruit and veg). Also, studies have shown there is absolutely zero nutritional benefits to going organic over their non-organic counterparts.
Milk does a body good!
Milk gives you strong bones, everyone knows that, right? Well no actually there is no evidence to suggest that drinking milk has any sort of impact on the likelihood of somebodies bone strength. In fact, some studies have shown that drinking an excess of milk can affect mortality.
Coffee stunts your growth.
It’s so easy to hate on coffee, isn’t it? Studies have shown coffee doesn’t inhibit bone growth in children. Although it can slightly affect the intake of calcium. However, a splash of milk seems to offset that minor effect.
Eating ice cream will make your cold worse.
Allegedly it is supposed to increase the creation of mucus making you feel worse. Not true. Ice cream can help soothe your sore throat and eating/drinking dairy when you have a cold may give you calories that you might miss out on when you are feeling rough, So just go for it!
Sugar is as addictive as heroin.
This rumour persists because studies have shown that parts of the brain light up when someone intakes sugar. These are the same parts that light up when we do other addictive stuff. However, we don’t yet know enough about the brain to assume this means sugar is addictive.
Sugar and chocolates are aphrodisiacs.
Aphrodisiacs are actually kind of a myth. There is no evidence to suggest any foods have properties that make a person want sex.