There are several pieces of health wisdom floating around, with some extending back as far as the mid-1500s! There are few, however, which are actually true.
This could be because they have stemmed from an old wives’ tale which is yet to be publicly debunked, or because old theories are found by modern science to be less accurate than previously thought.
Coffee stunts growth
Most research in this area finds no correlation between caffeine consumption and stilted bone growth in kids.
According to the experts at Call Doctor, in adults,caffeine consumption can limit calcium absorption, but this can be mitigated by adding a tablespoon of milk to your coffee.
This myth can be attributed to advertising which was produced for a beveragemarketed as an alternative to coffee – hence the negative associations.
Beer before liquor…
…never sicker, liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.
This maxim is often quoted to eighteen-year-olds venturing out into nightlife for the first time but does not hold true.
Too much of any alcohol will make a person feel sick, regardless of what order it is consumed in.
This myth is likely due to the fact people who start their night drinking beer and switch to mixed drinks have dulled senses and are therefore less likely to monitor their alcohol consumption, and as a result, drink more.
Vaccines cause autism
This idea came from a now debunked and retracted 1998 article which claimed there was a link between vaccinating children and autism.
It has since been determined that the science behind the article was flawed, and it contained false information designed to mislead its audience.
Eggs are bad for your heart
While egg yolks contain cholesterol, research suggests dietary cholesterol does not have much of an impact on blood cholesterol in most people.
Eggs also contain nutrients like omega-3s which can lower the risk of heart disease.
Deodorant causes breast cancer
Old research claims the chemicals found in antiperspirant deodorants can be absorbed through your underarm, limiting the efficacy of lymph nodes and ending up in breast tissue, making tumours more likely.
According to the Cancer Council, recent studies have reported no increased risk of breast cancer in people who use deodorant, including those who apply it directly after shaving the armpit area.