Common Health Myths

What do carrots do for your eyes?

Some people simply cannot help but repeat the old claim that carrots are good for your eyes, and with good reason. That’s because carrots really are good for your eyes, however, the claim does date back many many years to pilots of the British Royal Airforce during WWII and is valid under certain conditions. The fast explanation is carrots are loaded with beta carotene which the body converts into a… Read More »What do carrots do for your eyes?

Is there any real cheese in Cheez Whiz?

Although Kraft’s ingredient list says their spreadable product does contain cheese, it is not considered an actual cheese product according to FDA standards since it is a shelf-stable product that contains numerous added ingredients such as emulsifiers and flavor enhancers. This holds true for all processed cheese flavored products, cheese foods and cheese spreads which, according to the FDA, must be labeled as such. According to Kraft, the company that… Read More »Is there any real cheese in Cheez Whiz?

Is chicken soup really good for a cold?

Grandmothers are often the first to suggest chicken soup for a cold, but does chicken soup help with colds? The truth is while the soup will usually make you feel better, it’s not the chicken in the soup per se that creates that feeling of better. The reality is eating chicken soup, or any warm liquid when you have a cold, will normally make you feel better. The reason is… Read More »Is chicken soup really good for a cold?

How harmful are artificial sweeteners?

Millions of people use a variety of artificial sweeteners every day to sweeten foods and beverages, so just how safe are they? Since we’re not here to sugar coat the realities, let’s just down to it. Those who benefit the most from using artificial sweeteners are diabetics and the obese. Diabetics benefit because artificial sweeteners do not raise blood glucose levels, which table sugar does immediately after consumption. The obese… Read More »How harmful are artificial sweeteners?

Does cracking your knuckles really give you arthritis?

This is a staple passed down by grandmothers everywhere, that cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. Sure, it’s annoying to hear, especially if the crack-er is loud and the crack-ee isn’t fond of such sounds, but is it harmful to crack your knuckles? When knuckles are cracked, the cracking noise are bubbles bursting in the synovial fluid that helps lubricate joints, but it is not known to be really… Read More »Does cracking your knuckles really give you arthritis?

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

So you’re wondering why there’s a saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The health rhyme has been told time and again by friends and family to friends and family…but is there any truth to it? While it’s fun to say and let’s face it, there’s no harm in eating an apple a day, the truth is a 2015 medical study found the answer to be no. So,… Read More »Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

Does dark skin protect you from the sun?

How often have you heard someone say that dark skin has a naturally built-in UV protector or that dark skin is more tolerant against sun exposure than light skin? The truth is that while dark skin may be more tolerant, it is only to a certain extent. The reason is that darker skin tones produce more melanin, the pigment that gives our skin its color, and its this melanin that… Read More »Does dark skin protect you from the sun?

Is there such a thing as caffeine free coffee?

You’re not serious! Caffeine-free coffee isn’t actually caffeine free?! That’s right folks! All caffeine coffee contains some percentage of caffeine. While the amount of caffeine in each decaffeinated coffee product will differ form brand to brand, they will all contain some level of caffeine. A decaffeinated coffee product will contain 3% of its original level of caffeine, meaning the decaffeinating process eliminates only 97%. According to Healthline, on average, an… Read More »Is there such a thing as caffeine free coffee?

What does mayo do to your hair as a conditioner?

Mayonnaise as we know it is a thick, white condiment for food uses. Through magazines, grandma’s passed down beauty tricks and out of sheer curiosity, mayonnaise has also become something of a side beauty aid. It has often been used (successfully and unsuccessfully) as an inexpensive way to make hair soft and shiny. This leaves us with several common unanswered questions such as what does mayo do to your hair?… Read More »What does mayo do to your hair as a conditioner?

Is vanilla extract harmful?

Vanilla extract is widely used in different types of foods for flavoring and can be bought as an extract, a flavor and clear. You’re here because you’re wondering if vanilla extract is harmful. The answer is generally no, however, it’s best to read the label and buy the best extract you can afford. It’s also important to not confuse vanilla extract with vanilla flavor. Quality, pure vanilla is very expensive,… Read More »Is vanilla extract harmful?