Are These Health Myths True or False?

mythsKeeping up with the latest medical findings can be impossible these days. As soon as one study comes out another one is published that completely contradicts it. Whether it’s salt, fat, sugar, or chocolate, it seems like everybody is saying something different every time you look.

Who can you trust? What kind of information can you really rely on? Here is the OnlineHealth low down on some of the biggest health myths.

Myth: Sugar makes kids lose control.

We are all familiar with the stereotype of the zonked out, hyperactive child who can’t stop moving after eating a piece of chocolate.

True or False?: FALSE!

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that sugar has no behavioral side effects in children. It doesn’t even affect their thought processes. Maybe people just need to remember kids will be kids no matter what you feed them.


Myth: Olive oil protects against heart disease.

It’s not just great tasting on a salad, it does wonders on your circulatory system too. Does olive oil really have great health benefits, or is this another sales pitch for snake oil?

True or False?: TRUE!

As long as you’re sticking to the extra virgin olive oils. They contain more polyphenols, which are antioxidant organic chemicals that are not only good for your heart, but protect you against cancer.


Myth: Soda and other sugary drinks cause diabetes?

They always said drinking too much soda would give you a tummy ache, but was that because you drank it too fast or because you were having a diabetic response to it?

True or False?: TRUE!

Study after study has found the link between sugary drinks and diabetes. That daily soda at dinner or at lunch puts you at much greater risk of developing diabetes than people who only treat themselves to these types of drinks once in a while.


Myth: Taking cough syrup will help stop your coughing.

When you’re hacking up a lung of course you want some kind of instant relief, so you reach for that bottle of grape flavored cough medicine that your mother always swore by. But is it going to help at all?

True of False: FALSE! A lot of cough syrups contain too little of the active ingredients like codeine that are necessary to really tamp down your symptoms. What you do need to use is an antihistamine. That will stop the coughing.


Myth: MSG in your Chinese takeout can mess you up.

The headaches, pains, asthma attacks and other assorted symptoms that have been tied to the presence of monosodium glutamate, or MSG, have caused most Chinese restaurants to take the ingredient out of their food. But was MSG really all that bad?

True or False?: FALSE!

The wide variety of symptoms should have been a red flag from the beginning. The findings that tied MSG to health problems were the results of poorly done studies in the 1960s. This bad research has created a myth that persists.