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7 Childhood Health Myths That Are Actually True

7 Childhood Health Myths That Are Actually True
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By    |   Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:46 AM

Science is constantly challenging ideas that we believe to be true. How many things we were told as kids that have since been debunked? Many "facts" we grew up believing are all wrong but just when you think you’re not sure what to believe, science proves the “myths” we believed actually are true! 

Intent to uncover these gems, Best Life recently dug up a list of the childhood health "myths" we were taught that are true. We look at eight of those:

1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is true to an extent. Apples are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and can stave off colds and flu. Research further suggests that the phytochemicals found in an apple's skin can play a role in fighting cancer.

2. Put on a sweater or catch a cold. Science has shown that a cold is caused by a virus but there is still some truth in this. Studies suggest that the common cold virus replicates better at colder temperatures. So lower temperatures increase the chances that it will stick.

3. Drink eight glasses of water a day. For over 50 years we have been told that the average adult should consume 2.5 liters, or eight glasses, of water a day. There is partial truth in this, although the amount is dependent on various factors. Water ensures that the body is functioning optimally and while eight glasses are the goal, a person who more physically active may actually need to drink more.

4. Fruits and vegetables are healthier fresh, not frozen. This has been a long-debated topic but research has found that certain fresh vegetables have higher concentrates of certain vitamins and minerals than their frozen counterparts. There could be some truth in this one.

5. You can turn orange from eating too many carrots. How many times have we laughed this one off? However, there could be truth in this health "myth." Consuming too much beta-carotene, which is found in carrots, can lead to an orange skin discoloration, called carotenemia. It would take quite a few carrots for this to happen though, more than you would ever eat!

6. Cure your cold with chicken soup. Mothers and grandmothers across the world may have known something we did not when they insisted on feeding us chicken soup when we were sick. Chicken soup nourishes the body and provides it with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and protein that can boost the immune system. Studies have also found that certain ingredients in chicken soup have anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Milk is good for you. For years we were told that milk leads to strong bones. Then the medical world backtracked on this statement. The debates continue but a team of researchers now say that milk is an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, and electrolytes. 

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Science is constantly challenging ideas that we believe to be true. How many things we were told as kids that have since been debunked? Many "facts" we grew up believing are all wrong but just when you think you're not sure what to believe, science proves the "myths" we...
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