Growing up in the UK in particular, there are a number of myths that you are told in order to stop you from doing things, or because your parents, and family members, tend to believe that they are true and are attempting at imparting wisdom down to you.
While things like healthy eating benefiting your teeth, are actually correct, there are a number of childhood myths that are in fact false. Here we explore some of the more common childhood myths that you are likely to have been told as a child and whether or not they are correct.
Wearing Hats Will Make You Go Bald
When it comes to wearing hats, one of the biggest myths associated was the fact that you may end up going bald. However this is a total myth devised to stop kids from wearing hats indoors, or from wearing them in the classroom at school. While there are a few reasons such as stress of the hair from extensions with women, wearing a hat is not one of the reasons why people end up going bald.
Carrots Will Improve Your Vision
This is a myth that dates back to WWII propaganda, where the British army would claim that the reason their soldiers had such good vision at night to allow to battle was because they ate their carrots.
The carrot myth stuck around from then and while carrots are high in vitamin A, a nutrient that does help to maintain good vision, it isn’t the carrots that actually improve the vision or leave all of their eaters with 20/20 vision.
If You Swim After Eating You Will Drown
One of the most common myths is that you may drown if you swim straight after eating, because you will cramp up and not be able to move. However, there’s actually no correlation between cramping and eating, and therefore a human beings’ body is quite well-adapted to simultaneously swimming and digesting.
Cracking Knuckles Can Cause Arthritis
There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to Arthritis, but cracking your knuckles has been proven to be a myth. The loud sound that you hear when someone cracks their knuckles is not the sound of the bones grinding together, it is the noise from air and gas bubbles that have begun to burst inside the joint.
In a number of research tests and studies, not one knuckle cracker within the study ended up with arthritis. However there are other problems when it comes to cracking knuckles that mean that it should be avoided such as ligament damage and a loss of flexibility within the hand.
Feed A Cold, Starve A Fever
When you’re ill no matter whether you have a cold or a fever, it is important that you are full of the nutrients that you need to help flush any illness out of your body.
While flu sufferers may not have much of an appetite because of the feeling of being sick, it is important that anyone who is ill should at least attempt to eat a number of healthy meals throughout the day that are packed full of vitamins and nutrients.