HEALTH MYTHS BUSTED
Some of the rumours going around are total BS – we’re here to tell you the truth.
We separate the BS from the truth.
THE MYTH: CHOCOLATE CAUSES ACNE.
Every time you have a total meltdown ’cos you’ve woken up with a pimple that’s the size of a crater, there’s always that one fool who says “Maybe you’ve been eating too much chocolate!”. Well guess what? They’re wrong! There’s no scientific evidence to suggest Caramello Koalas and the like cause breakouts. Now pass us that big box of Favourites!
THE MYTH: IF YOU FEEL COLD, YOU’LL CATCH A COLD.
Here’s one that’ll Blow. Your. Mind. You’re always given that chilling warning that if you go outside without a jacket in winter, you’ll catch a cold. But the stone-cold truth (pun totally intended) is that you can only catch a cold from a virus. The myth came about ’cos during winter we’re more likely to spend time indoors, giving viruses a better chance of spreading around.
THE MYTH: USING ELECTRONIC DEVICES FOR TOO LONG CAN DAMAGE YOUR EYES.
Bad news for Snapchat addicts (literally all of us): a 2015 report by The Vision Council found that up to 68 per cent of peeps experience eye strain when they use electronic devices (phones, tablets, laptops) for too long. After 20 minutes of staring at a screen, experts recommend looking away for at least 20 seconds. You should also blink at least 10 times every 20 minutes and turn the brightness down a tad to protect your peepers.
THE MYTH: YOU CAN EAT A PIECE OF FOOD THAT’S FALLEN ON THE FLOOR IF YOU PICK IT UP WITHIN FIVE SECONDS.
Ah, the good ol’ five-second rule that’s been your saving grace all those times you’ve wanted to eat the treat that you clumsily dropped on the floor. We’re sorry to break this to you, but the rule you’ve been living by is completely false. Bacteria from the floor can contaminate your food in mere milliseconds. Dang! So next time, just throw whatever it is in the bin.
THE MYTH: YOU SHOULDN’T SWIM IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU EAT.
Your mum makes you hang back after you’ve had your beachside sandwich ’cos apparently you shouldn’t swim after you eat, forcing you to miss out on precious perving moments. But experts have found there’s actually nothing wrong with eating before a leisurely swim. So unless you’re competing in an intense swimming race, it’s totally OK to chow down before taking a dip.
THE MYTH: AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY.
Think this was just a lie your parents told to make you eat healthy? Well, it turns out they were actually telling the truth. Research has found that apples fight off all kinds of sicknesses, from cancer to strokes, and they also break down cholesterol, clearing up the arteries and therefore lowering the risk of having a heart attack. Moral of the story: keep smashing them crisp red fruits.
THE MYTH: IF SOMEONE KNOCKS YOU HARD IN THE BOOB, YOU’LL GET BREAST CANCER.
This one is so ridic that it’s almost hilarious. Physical blows to the breast CANNOT cause breast cancer. They can, however, cause scar tissue, bruising and swelling, which are obviously things you’ll want to avoid. So fear not if you bump your boob or if a battle with your sister gets a little rough – it can’t result in cancer.
THE MYTH: IF YOU HOLD HANDS WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS WARTS, YOU’LL GET WARTS.
This one is gross but 100 per cent true. Warts are contracted when the virus comes in contact with your skin, and it can be spread by touching a wart on another person’s bod and even by touching a surface that the person with warts has touched. So if your BF has a nasty wart, you may want to avoid holding his hand until it cools off.
THE MYTH: IT TAKES SEVEN YEARS TO DIGEST GUM IF YOU SWALLOW IT.
You’ve been busted chewing gum in class and your teacher gives you an ultimatum: either swallow the gum or throw it in the bin, at which time one of your friends says “But if you swallow gum it won’t come out for seven years”. That’s not true. Nothing can reside in your stomach for that long unless it is so huge that it gets stuck in your intestine. But we recommend tossing it in the bin anyways, ’cos ew.