5 Health Myths Debunked

There is a lot of hearsay in this world that gets spread like wildfire as truth. But the fact is that a lot of what we hear is actually not based around any science or even facts. So here are five very commonly known health myths that are just simply not true.

1. You Shouldn’t Swim Right After Eating

We have all probably heard this since we were little kids, and most of us have followed along. The idea came from the thought that digesting food will draw blood to you stomach and away from your muscles, ultimately making them more likely to cramp. The problem with this is there is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, there are no reported cases of anyone ever drowning from a cramp related to swimming with a full stomach. While it’s not impossible to have a cramp while swimming it’s usually cause by what’s in your stomach not how much. The best policy if you get a cramp while swimming is to float for a minute and let it pass.

2. You Need to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Obviously drinking water throughout the day is important to keeping you body in optimal health. And while hydration is very important, having to drink 8 glasses a day is just simply not true. Instead a good rule of thumb is to drink when you are thirsty and drink more water than sugary alternatives like soda, sports drinks and juices.

3. Organic Food is Pesticide Free and More Nutritious

Organic has been a word that has become synonymous with healthy. Unfortunately, the truth isn’t such a clean line. Organic doesn’t mean there aren’t any pesticides used and it doesn’t mean it’s better for you. Farmers who grow organic produce are permitted to use chemicals that are naturally derived — and in some cases are actually worse for the environment than their synthetic counterparts. In fact many organic farmers have to use more then synthetic pesticide users to have the same bug free results. Studies have shown that eating organic food also doesn’t come with any nutritional benefits over non-organic food. While not all organic food is made with pesticides it’s virtually impossible to tell which ones aren’t. A better rule is to shop local at farmers markets when you can and shop only what is in season.

4.Natural Sugars Like Honey are Better for you Than Processed Sugars

While we have been told that things like refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup are bad for us the truth is our bodies metabolize all sugars the same. It doesn’t matter if that sugar came from honey, a date, or a refined bag of sugar our body processes it all the same. The problem is that candy and other related products typically contain more sugar per serving, which means more calories — a difference you should actually be watching out for.

5.Sugar is Addictive as Heroin

There have been major research studies published that show images of the brain and how it stimulates the brain’s reward system the same way tobacco, alcohol, cocaine and even heroin does. THerefore it must be just as addictive. The problem with this thinking is that there is no clear cut sign of addiction in neuroimaging. Although we can see that our brains like these things and gets pleasure from them, we cannot link that to addiction. Specifically because scientists are still trying to figure out what addiction in the brain looks like.