Keeping up with the newest health trends is like trying to cope up with either the latest fashion fads or the top grossing movies in the world. Many people tend to have a misconception on things because of the information and myths that they grasp and hear, especially when it is about health. We have a tendency to easily believe the things that we read on the internet and the things that other people say. It’s not that most of them are not true, but some of them actually are, well, bogus. Among the most common misperceived health tips are as follows.
1. Keeping Foods in the Fridge Will Make it Safer to eat.
Some people say that one way of freeing your food from illness causing bacteria is by keeping it cold. So, there is nothing to be surprised of if modern refrigerators will continue to increase in number in order for us to store anything and everything to keep our food from going bad.
The truth is…
Normally, refrigerated foods would not be any of inferior quality at room temperature, but at some point you’re actually damaging it by keeping it cold. For instance, if you think that bread stays fresh longer when it is kept in the fridge but in reality refrigerating it instigates a thermally commenced cascade of molecular aftermaths called retro gradation, which is equal to the cooking term of plumping for the wrong procedure.
At the usual fridge temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees, bread ages 6 times faster than it would on the stall, because the cold effect on the bread can result to the crystallization of its starches. That’s why you should not chill potatoes because it has a lot of starches. Aside from bread, potatoes, plus most fruits, onions, garlic and most condiments, must be kept out from refrigerator. In addition, certain things that come from the grocer’s refrigerator are just fine at room temperature.
2. Washing Chicken Thoroughly Before Cooking It
Washing our food is one of the most basic forms of human sanitation. It’s already implied to us that in order for raw food to be clean, we need to wash it thoroughly. A survey was made by the UK Food Standards Agency showed that about 44 per cent of respondents always wash their chicken with the use of an industrial pressure washer before cooking it.
The truth is…
Sanitizing chicken by giving it a pre-cooking rinse means that you are having risk around your kitchen by proliferating paratroopers of bacteria in the form of thousands of microscopic drops of raw-chicken water wallowing all over by docking on your sink, knives, cutting board, and some of the body parts like a tiny, veiled army of diarrhea troopers.
Obviously, the main notion of washing bacteria off of chicken is preposterous to start with. You’re just spreading bacteria like salmonella while uselessly writhing against the smaller strains, which both of them can only be wiped out by blasting them with enough heat.
3. Killing Germs by Washing Your Hands In Hot Water
The common perception that we know is that if something is boiled or washed into hot water it means that it is already clean. That’s why everyone washes their hands using the hottest water they can possibly endure in order to fight the bacteria inhabiting on your hands in the most excruciating way possible you should.
The truth is…
Killing bacteria with the use of heat is undoubtedly true. In spite of this, the required temperature to kill those away is not bearable to human skin. The average temperature of water used to wash hands is around 110 degrees, whereas water is said to be clean after being boiled for around 212 degrees and for at least one minute. The maximum tolerance of human is about 130 degrees which might kill a portion of the pathogens on your hands but if you continue scrubbing it for long enough, it’ll also leave you crying.
Washing with hot water may be beneficial but is also fairly harmful. Hot water is more possible to irritate your hands and leave them unprotected to future infection. Experts have assessed that Americans washing their hands with hot water causes yearly CO2 emissions. It takes a large amount of electricity to heat water. Do not focus in temperature instead be more aware to time, washing for about 40-60 seconds is the most effective way to destroy the bacteria from your skin.
4. Antioxidant Supplements Will Work Wonders on your Health!
When we say antioxidants, what comes to our minds are the benefits it can give to our body like a younger-looking and stronger physique.
Basically, these foods tend to get rid of toxins (That is why they were called antioxidants, hello!?) that can cause diseases such as cough and colds and even those that may cause death such as heart disease and cancer.
Yeah. So, there we are. When it comes to heart disease and cancer, antioxidants are good and “oxidants” (whatsoever) are bad.
The truth is…
Body cells need equilibrium of antioxidants and oxidants. Oxidants are vital to our health and are ‘bad’ only in large quantity. Ironically, oxidants (not their exaggerated counterparts) are used to kill cancer — radiation and chemotherapy work by oxidizing the bad ‘things’ out of cancerous cells.
Not only that, those antioxidants tend to increase the development of tumor in the body. In a recent study using mice with lung cancer, vitamin E (sold as ‘antioxidant’) caused a 300 per cent increase in tumor growth and an ultrafast travel to the afterlife of rodents. When researchers tested human cancer cells in the same manner, the vitamin E had same effects as well.
5. Eat Dark Chocolate for Better Health!
One unhappy truth is that most of our cravings seldom give us health benefits. Fortunately, one sweet exception is chocolate, especially the dark one (mmmm). Current news have bragged that it is a heart food, gives the skin a healthy glow, and the best among the rest, a regular intake of chocolate is like installing a supercharging battery to your brain.
The truth is…
Surprisingly, munching even the darkest variety of chocolate will give you neither a Jimmy Neutron mind nor a supermodel skin. That is, unless you are willing to let your ass swell at a rate that is directly proportional to the said benefits.
In a research conducted recently, older volunteers who took in flavanol concentrate for three months before taking a memory test performed as good as those 50% younger than them. Subsequent studies showed an increase in blood flow to the brain which includes a region affected in the development of CRS disease in the elderly. The point is, most commercial chocolates are great sources of flavanol, because the processes that make chocolate delicious also kill bebeficial compounds. So to get a good flavanol buzz going, you’d need to eat at least seven bars of chocolate a day which is not that big of a stretch from the average American diet.
Another thing is, to make chocolate healthful would also mean to make it taste awful. And if we would want to take in something that tastes bad just because it’s good for our health, we’d stay away from the isle of sweets and go pick up some …Oh,yes! Veggies!
6. Drinking Alcohol Is Heart-healthy.
When sites such as the Mayo Clinic began declaring that drinking moderately is friendly for the heart, we, light-to-moderate drinkers started partying and halted being ashamed of doing those sessions in alleys. That is because, we were literally drinking for our health!
The truth is …
We’ve got good news and bad news at the same time. Good news is…alcohol can help you with your heart health. Bad news is…we were just straight-up lying about the good news. Because new studies suggest that alcohol is just a pure terror for your heart, regardless of the amount taken in.
An analysis of over 50 researches and more than 250,000 persons discovered that alcohol’s supposed heart-healthy contents were only apparent when people cut down on the hooch. Even those who imbibed only moderately enchanced their cardiovascular health by stopping entirely, putting in question the notion that light-to-moderate drinkers are doing their hearts a favor by buying them the occasional round.
Researchers from the British Medical Journal scrutinized data from the Health Survey for England and found similar findings: The supposed link between alcohol intake and longevity appeared to be complete tell-tales. Worse, they also found that former drinkers were more likely to give up drinking early and that quitters never ever really win.