Mom may TELL you she knows best – and most of the time she does. But when it comes to your health, some of the things you might have heard come out of her mouth aren’t 100% accurate. Here are a few myths – busted, courtesy of Woman’s Day magazine.
- Feed a cold, starve a fever. When you have a cold, you often lose your appetite. This old saying just reminds you that it’s important to eat something when you’re sick – fever or no fever.
- Vitamin C prevents colds. The truth is, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and can help fight the symptoms of a cold, but it won’t prevent illness.
- Put butter or ice on a burn. Actually, both of these can make a burn WORSE. Butter, like cooking oil, traps heat. And ice on a burn can cause frostbite. Cold water is best to use on a burn.
- Spinach makes your muscles strong. Leafy green vegetables are very good for you because they carry oxygen to blood and muscles. But spinach alone isn’t enough to build muscle tissue to make you Popeye-strong. And these days, you REALLY want to be careful about the spinach you eat. Exercise is the best way to build strong muscles.
- Eating carrots improves your eyesight. True – the beta-carotene in carrots is an excellent source of vitamin A, and a deficiency of this nutrient can cause night blindness. However, eating more carrots won’t directly lead to better eyesight.