1. Swallowed chewing gum can cloth the stomach
NOT CORRECT! There is nothing to worry really. A junk of swallowed chewing gum is indeed indigestible. Chewing gum won’t stick inside your stomach. It is more that the chewing gum is excreted naturally. Now, this does not mean that you should swallow chewing gum. Too many chewing gums swallowed within a short period of time can cause a bowel obstruction. You will want to stay away from this, yet not panic if it still happens once in a while.
9. Liquorice can cause impotence
CORRECT! Contrary to the saying “licorice makes pointed” the consumption of black candy leads to a lowering of the male hormone testosterone. This was confirmed based on studies from Iranian scientists. But one thing is clear: the hormone-lowering effect is only temporary.
2. Vitamin C prevents colds
NOT CORRECT! Now, this one comes in pretty surprising. A group of international scientists found that the precautionary intake of vitamin C (200 milligrams per day) has no influence on the occurrence of colds. Cough and runny nose cannot be prevented by the intake of this vitamin. However, the complaints of adults and children who took vitamin C were less pronounced than in the control group. And the cold period was shortened – by less than one day. Thus, a small vitamin C effect appears to be present.
3. Pregnant woman should not eat Sushi
CORRECT! The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends for pregnant women to avoid the consumption of unheated fish. The reason is a high risk of infection with so-called listeria or toxoplasma. This can be particularly dangerous for pregnant woman and their unborn child.
4. Chocolate is basically unhealthy
NOT CORRECT! This makes it really worth uncovering the myths. Prof. Dr. Sabine Ellinger, a nutritionist at the Niederrhein University says: “15 years ago, researchers began to investigate the mode of action of cocoa products. Your guess: substances of cocoa have a positive effect on blood pressure and blood vessels. Indians who cultivated cocoa and also commonly consumed them, had no cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown: polyphenols particularly found in dark chocolate have a hypotensive action and can expand blood vessels. For people with mild hypertension, consumption of cocoa can actually have a positive effect. However, you shouldn’t eat more than four pieces of dark chocolate per day, due to the high calorie content. ”
5.Warm beer helps with a cold
CORRECT! This myth actually sounds too absurd to be true. Beer is not only a popular alcoholic drink, but also a cure – at least in certain areas. Beer can actually help with a cold. This is due to the essential oils and bitter substances from hops and malt. Drinking beer calms, promotes sleep, and is antibacterial. To enhance this effect, the beer should be heated. However, it should not cook, because the alcohol that helps kill bacteria, otherwise dissipated.
6. Ginger helps muscles recover
CORRECT! According to a study at the University of Georgia (USA), the daily consumption of ginger reduces pain caused by sports by 25%. Over 11 days long, participants consumed 2 grams of raw or cooked ginger. Another group was given capsules without ginger extract. The result: ginger actually helps with sore muscles. It makes no difference whether the root is eaten raw or cooked.
7. Cheese closes the stomach
CORRECT! Enjoying cheese to finish off a meal, is a popular ritual. And cheese not only tastes good, but also fulfills an important function. The stomach opening towards the gut is temporarily closed. So whatever the stomach contents can not be transported into the intestine, it creates a feeling of satiety, the stomach feels like closed. Responsible are the fatty acids found in the cheese that trigger hormone release in the intestine.
8. Green tomatoes are poisonous
CORRECT! The tomato is one of the most popular vegetables. But be careful when it is not ripe. They contain toxic solanine. Who eats too much, may have to deal with unpleasant side effects such as nausea, diarrhea and headache. But: This usually happens when large amounts are consumed.
10. Foods are nutrient-poor
NOT CORRECT! A comparison of international food composition tables shows that the vitamin and mineral levels have remained stable over the years. The myth that our food looses nutrients is therefore not correct.
11. Carrots bring tanned skin
CORRECT! NOT CORRECT! Frequent sunbathing or even going to the tanning beds is harmful to the skin. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply tan by eating carrots? However, an adult over a longer period of time would have to eat four kilos of carrots every day, in order to tan his skin. That’s quite unrealistic.
12. Sprouted foods contain poison
CORRECT! During germination of potatoes and onions toxic solanine is produced. If the germs grow longer, you will find the poison also inside the vegetable. Do not eat the vegetables once you can see a sprout has grown.
13. Brown sugar is healthier than white one
NOT CORRECT! Brown sugar tastes slightly caramely and looks by its color naturally. Yet brown sugar is not healthier than white table sugar. There are three different kinds of brown sugar: full sugar, cane sugar and brown sugar. They are all made differently. Full sugar is extracted from sugar beets, cane sugar comes from sugar cane and brown sugar is colored with syrup. The main difference in white sugar is that full and whole cane sugar contains more minerals. However, the amounts are so small that they have no influence in terms of health. Therefore, it is mainly a matter of taste, for which type of sugar you choose – especially as the amount of calories and carbohydrates is identical.