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Health myths that you need to stop paying attention to rn


By Matt Galea
Health myths that aren't true

We've all heard the myths, and lets face it - they're so damn well known that you tend to believe whatever you hear. Well, we're here to #BUST those myths on whether they're true, or false...

MYTH: Chocolate causes acne.

Whenever you have a total melt down ‘cos you’ve woken up with a crater-sized pimple, there’s always that one fool who says “well, maybe you’ve been eating too much chocolate!” Guess what? They’re wrong! There’s no scientific evidence to suggest that those Caramello Koala’s are causing you to break out. Now pass the box of favourites.

MYTH: You can eat a piece of food that’s fallen on the floor if you pick it up before five seconds has passed.

The good ol’ five second rule that has been your justification for eating your fave sweet treat after you’ve clumsily dropped it on the floor. We’re sorry to break this to you, but this rule that we’ve all been living by is completely false. Bacteria from the floor can contaminate your food in mere milliseconds. Dang! So next time, best throw it in the bin.

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 perving on the hot guy that’s hitting up the waves. But experts have found that there’s actually nothing wrong with eating before a leisurely swim. So unless you’re competing in an intense swimming race, it’s a-okay to chow down before taking a dip.

MYTH: If you get knocked 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. It can, however, cause scar tissue, bruising or swelling so its obvs something that you want to avoid. So fear not if you fall on your breasts or if a row with your siblings gets a little messy, it won’t result in cancer. Just sore breasts for a little while!

MYTH: Feed a cold and starve a fever.

It was your Nan’s go-to sickness advice – but although they’re usually right about pretty much everything, there were wrong about this one! This silly saying came from medical dictionaries and reports made hundreds of years ago – so it’s safe to say that they’re totes out of date. Recent studies haven’t proven that your diet affects a cold or fever. When you’re feeling unwell, its best to load up on the water, but you defs shouldn’t deprive yourself of food if you’re hungry.

MYTH: If you swallow chewing gum, it takes seven years to digest.

You’ve been busted chewing gum in class and your teacher gives you an ultimatum: swallow the gum or throw it in the bin, at which time one of your friends say “ooh, if you swallow gum, it won’t come out for seven years.” Right? Wrong! Nothing can reside in your stomach for that long unless it was so huge that it cannot get out of your stomach or it’s stuck in your intestine. But we recommend tossing it in the bin anyways bc ew!

But, some of those ~legendary~ myths you have heard - are true!

TRUE: Excessive use of electronic devices can damage your eyes.

Bad news for snapchat addicts (literally all of us), this is one is completely true. A 2015 report by The Vision Council found that 61 per cent of peeps have experienced eye strain after extended use of electronic devices. It’s recommended that after 20 mins of staring at a screen, you look away from the device for at least 20 seconds and be sure to blink at least 10 times every 20 mins. Also, plez turn the brightness down a tad to protect those peepers.

TRUE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Think this was just a ruse your parents told to make you eat healthy? Well it turns out that they were totally right! Research has found that apples fight off all kinds of sicknesses from cancer to strokes and they break down cholesterol, clearing up your arteries. Moral of the story: keep smashing them juicy, red fruits!

TRUE: If you hold hands with someone that’s got warts, you’ll get warts.

This yucky myth is 100 per cent true. Warts are contracted when the virus comes in contact with your skin and they 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.