8 Silly Food Myths That Shaped the Way You Eat

  • December 19, 2017
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Digesting Chewing Gum

When you were a child, you were certainly told that if you swallowed some chewing gum, your stomach wouldn't be able to get rid of it for seven years. However, this is completely incorrect. Since the stomach cannot digest chewing gum like it digests other sorts of food, it will find a way to get rid of it – through excretion.


Meat and Wooden Chopping Boards

Despite what everyone says, it does not really matter what material your chopping board is made of, as long as you keep it clean and wash it accordingly when you finish using it. Also, any broken or damaged boards should be replaced with new ones as soon as possible. What you should definitely avoid doing is cutting different sorts of food, such as meat, vegetables or bread, on the same board, with the same knife in a hot room. This will enable potentially dangerous bacteria to develop much faster.


Energy Drinks

Energy drinks might indeed provide you with more energy, as they contain great amounts of sugar and caffeine, but only for a short while. Once your body processes the sugar from the drink, your energy level will decrease again. In addition, an energy drink may cause you to feel extremely sleepy the very next day after drinking it.


The Greatest Milk Myth

The link between the strength and health of your bones and milk consumption is perhaps among the oldest and most trusted food myths. According to a study conducted by Harvard University which examined over 70,000 female participants over twenty years, there is no proof that a regular intake of milk or related products can protect your bones. Increased milk consumption doesn't lower your chances of getting osteoporosis or bone fractures. What’s more, another experiment reached a conclusion that men who drank more milk in their teenage years broke their bones more frequently as adults than those who did not consume large amounts of milk.