We hear a lot from our well-wishers about what to do and what not to do to keep ourselves healthy and fit. What if we tell you that they are not always 100% correct? As science continues to progress, it’s becoming evident that many of the long-lived medical beliefs are actually wrong.
We compiled a list to help you and your loved ones know which health tips are worth following and which are better left in the past.
1. “If you are overweight, you are unhealthy.”
Are you suffering from obesity? The next time you hear this question, you can immediately remove the word “suffering” from it. An overweight person may not necessarily be unfit, so it’s incorrect to assume that an overweight person is suffering.
In a study conducted by Dr. Steven N. Blair and his team, it was established that the death rate of an overweight person who exercises regularly is actually half of the death rate of a person who falls into the normal weight category. BMI (Body Mass Index) is something else to keep in mind when determining whether or not a person’s weight falls into an unhealthy category.
2. “Too much salt is unhealthy.”
“If you want to lose weight, reduce your salt intake. If you want to get your blood pressure back on track, cut back on salt.” If you’ve never questioned these two phrases, it’s time you do so. If you’ve heard this advice before and have never questioned its validity, it’s time to think again.
According to studies, there are actually some health conditions requiring you to increase your salt intake. Low salt levels can lead to the probability of diabetes, increased fat storage and a decrease in sex drive. So go ahead and sprinkle some salt on your food – have no fear.
3. “Organic food is free of pesticides, and it is more nutritious.”
Organic food has become a widespread trend now. Everyone wants to switch to organic food due to the purity and health benefits it promises. But, unfortunately, this isn’t exactly correct. There is a list of more than 20 chemicals that have been approved to be put in organic food production by US Organic Standards.
It must also be kept in mind that despite regulations, even organic food is susceptible to chemical flow from fields or nearby factories. So, where can you get pure organic food? Well, you can become a farmer and grow food exclusively for yourself.
4. “Honey is a natural sugar, and it is better than processed sugar.”
The next time you want to put a spoonful of honey in your healthy green tea, keep in mind what you read below:
What if we tell you that honey has more calories than sugar? Although honey is used in lesser quantities since it is sweeter when compared to sugar, the fact remains that a lot of honey can also lead to weight gain. Medically, honey is just as harmful as sugar and can lead to diseases like diabetes, heart problems, and liver diseases if overused.
5. “Eating carrots can give you excellent night vision.”
We all learned that one of the great advantages of carrots is that they’re a good source of vitamin A, which can help improve your vision. Thanks to the World War II Propaganda, carrots were seen as the best health food possible. During World War II, the British Air Force developed a new type of Radar technology and tried to hide it from the world by claiming that their newfound success was due to the improved vision of their pilots, who ate many carrots.
The presence of vitamin A in carrots can help improve your eyesight, but it’s merely a myth that it can help you obtain night vision.