By definition, a myth is either an idea or story that is believed by many but is not true or the alternative definition which is, a story that was told in an ancient culture to explain a practice, belief, or natural occurrence. In our reference of the term myth, we are speaking of all the stories and theories that have been prominently spoken of in America and believed by some to be true but are not. One would wonder how these myths originate, and unlike other stories that we may hear from our parents or grandparents, most myths are an exaggeration or flip of the actual truth. Generally, myths have no concrete origin, which makes it even more strange that we as a society feed into these things and accept them as truth. Some of the things that people have sworn by for years is nothing more than an exaggeration of the truth told by more than one person and mentally given validation because the person has heard the same story or scenario more than once. From fitness myths, to health and beauty myths, and even general and random myths, we have comprised a list of the top 15 myths that people believe that are not true. Are you guilty of spreading a myth that is not true?
15. Calories Are Bad
All for great reasons, Americans are into fitness and health now more than ever before. Appearances mean so much to first impressions that it is no surprise that we all want to have the best possible body. However, the myth that calories are bad has tainted the minds of “gym addicts” and “health nuts” for decades, and it isn’t even true. Contrary to popular belief, calories are necessary to maintain good health. Calories are actually used to fuel your body with necessary sugars and other components to maintain wellness throughout the day. Things such as sweating causes the body to burn calories. With that being said, if you burn off a large amount of calories in a day and never replace them, your body starts lacking necessary components to give energy and maintain stability internally.
14. Vegan Diets Are Automatically The Healthiest Diets
There was a period in time where becoming vegan was trendy. Now, vegetarianism is a common way of life for a large population of people, not due to a trend but due to simply wanting a healthier lifestyle. The myth associated with the vegan lifestyle is one that is often repeated and spread until mental adaptation, but is false. People tend to say that being vegetarian automatically classifies a person as being on a healthy diet. A vegetarian diet is just like any other diet that a person can create or learn to embrace. Everything associated with being vegetarian depends on the specific foods that you eat and also how you prepare your meals. Seasonings, or lack thereof sometimes, and process for cooking can make what would be considered a healthy food, a food that is more harmful to a body that is trying to maintain a healthy intake.
13. Egg Whites Are The Healthiest Portion Of The Egg
Recently, fast food chains have started selling breakfast sandwiches with egg whites as opposed to the entire egg. This is a direct illustration of our next myth that people have believed for decades, but is not true. For years, the myth has circulated that eating egg whites is healthier than eating the entire egg. However, in reality, eating only the egg white makes the consumer miss out on over 40% of the nutrients in the egg overall! Therefore it goes without being said that this myth is totally false. The yolk of the egg houses Vitamins A, D, E, B and K. These vitamins are the healthy form of fat needed for the body to assist in curing hungry, growling stomachs.
12. Eating Fat Will Make You Fat
Of course, anything that is overused will bring unsavory results. However, in this case the myth that eating fat will make you fat is definitely not the entire truth. The reality is the human body needs a certain amount of fat to process nutrients and vitamins that your body either produces or takes in. This is the reason why malnutrition can lead to other illnesses. When there is not enough fat in the body to process other elements of the body, it creates a lack of wellness. Now, when thinking of eating fat, this does not mean chili cheese fries and gallons of ice cream is the way to go. The best fats for you are things like olive oil, avocados, seeds or nuts. Lastly, even with the good forms of fatty foods, they should still be eaten in moderation and not excess.
11. Kale Being Rich In Protein
Kale is the new broccoli when it comes to health fanatics and fitness gurus. But, do they know the truth behind the myth associated with kale? Kale has been said to be a great source of protein, however this is not true. Kale does provide protein, but only slightly more than corn, peas, and all of our other favorite vegetables. Although you can see kale served and sold in creative ways to make interesting drinks and meals, you would still only get about 2.9 grams of protein from a single cup of kale that has been chopped. That 2.9 grams is not very much protein at all compared to the recommended daily intake for an adult, which is 46 grams. So, don’t rush out to your local grocery store for kale looking for protein anymore. There are much better sources for protein out here.
10. Carbs Are Bad For You
Everyone has had a friend, co-worker, or family member who is totally against carbohydrates in their diet. This is another myth that mentally the world has accepted but factually it has no foundation. Carbohydrates are even listed on nutrition guides and food charts as being a necessary component in a person’s daily diet. Carbohydrates help provide the body with energy. However, the proper carbohydrates should be eaten, opposed to greasy french fries or other foods that take away from the nutrient content of the food. So before you cut out bread and pasta, consider your energy level and overall wellness.
9. Turning Off Your Cell Stops GPS/Location Tracking
Cell phones and smartphones are probably the secondary most important thing a person carries on a daily basis beyond their wallet. With that being a fact, there are so many myths associated with cell phones. Some believable and others so outlandishly ridiculous that they should never be mentioned. One of the most common myths about cell phones is that turning the phone off will disable the GPS and location tracking on the phone. This is not true, however. Cell phone towers are placed in strategic locations all over the world, and contrary to popular belief whenever you go anywhere or even just sit at home, your cell phone sends a signal to the nearest tower to keep track of your location in a “cloud” type manner. So keep in mind, the more advanced technology becomes, the easier it will be to track a cell phone’s precise location in greater detail.
8. Apps Running In The Background Of Your Phone Drain The Battery Faster
Just like computers, cell phones operate on some of the same technical basis just on a smaller scale. Because cell phones and computers become more similar with every upgrade, it is easy to adopt this next myth. People seem to have adopted the ideal that if you have apps running in the background of your phone it will drain your battery faster. This is not true. A cell phone’s battery is drained from talk time, standby time, and the age of the phone (or age of the battery could also affect the length of time the battery will last). However, the apps running in the background of your cell phone have no effect on the battery life of the cell phone.
7. The Moon Has A Dark Side
This myth is almost comical, however when considering that there are quite a few people who believed this into late adulthood, it may not be so funny. Somehow the myth circulated that the moon has a dark side. Peering at the sky and moon from earth, using a very imaginative and innocent mind, one could conclude how such a myth could be born. However, there is absolutely no truth to this. It has been scientifically proven that the moon actually rotates on its own axis. Therefore there is no side of the mood that does not meet an angle of the sun and receive light. No dark side here folks!
6. People Only Use 10% Of Their Brain
Anyone with a degree in neurology could easily speak on the functionality of the brain intelligently and state facts. However, a myth that we only use 10% of our brains was created and spread by someone who obviously knew nothing about the brain or its functionality. We actually use all of our brain. Our brains control our emotions and cognitive skills, therefore it would literally be impossible to only use 10% of such a major portion of our functionality as human beings. The brain is so complex. The brain controls so many things that make us who we are as individuals. Any imbalance in chemicals in the brain can cause things such as bipolar disorder and even depression. The brain is a very intricate and powerful organ that can trigger large effects internally and externally.
5. Sugar Makes Children Hyperactive
Grandparents across the world have stressed to their kids not to give candy or sweets to their grandchildren after a certain time, or not too often, or in excess. Although too much sugar is not good for a child (or anyone), there is a myth that sugar makes children hyperactive, which is false. Ironically, when children are typically fed sweets in excess it is in a setting where there are other children and a lot of physical activity going on among the children. All of these things have been associated with sugar making children hyperactive, however this could not be further from the truth. In most scenarios when kids are deemed hyperactive due to something sweet that has been served, the kid is usually just running on raw adrenaline and elation.
4. Lightning Never Strikes The Same Place Twice
This next myth that people believe that is not true has also been widely used as a euphemism regarding bad luck. The phrase “Lightning never strikes the same place twice” is just like saying bad things cannot happen to the same person multiple times. This phrase for the most part fueled the myth that scientifically is not true. Lightning actually carries a lot of electrostatic energy which has to be released on an object. Lightning also does not strike specific things only or at a specific time. Lightning generally strikes the first thing that it can reach, whether it be a tall tree or skyscraper building, the energy that a bolt of lightning carries will end at another object, and often more than once.
3. Dropping A Penny From A Tall Building Will Kill Anyone That It Hits
This next myth puts a person in the mindset of an old tale being told around a fireplace from an older family member. Actually, if you add a few gravity and science references this myth will almost be believable. However, the popular myth that dropping a penny from a tall building will kill anyone that it hits below is a total myth, but very imaginative. In actuality, a penny is so light in weight, that dropping a penny from the highest building in America would not do any damage to a person below at all if they were hit by it.
2. It Takes Years To Digest Chewing Gum
Fear tactics have been used in attempt to tame children’s contradictory ways for decades. The issue with some fear tactics is that some things that you may be told at a young age can turn into a myth that you sell to other people around you later in life. Unfortunately, this next myth is one of the most common heard. People have shared and mentally committed to the ideal that chewing gum cannot be digested or several years. Of course this myth is not true, and what makes this myth sound even more outrageous is understanding the composition of chewing gum. Chewing gum has few ingredients that are not broken down instantly when ingested, but for the most part, chewing gum is broken down very shortly after it is swallowed and then digested.
1. Antibiotics Kill Viruses
The number one myth that people believe but is not true is that antibiotics kill viruses. We are all so accustomed to heading over to our local family physician when anything with our bodies is not feeling normal, that we have been programmed to think this myth is true. Here’s a typical scenario, a patient goes to a physician, tells him or her their symptoms, then regardless how complex or simplistic the health issue is, a pill (or multiple pills) will be prescribed in attempt to cure the illness. Realistically however, antibiotics are only given to kill bacteria, not viruses. Bacteria can cause other issues in the body which is why antibiotics are given as a first response to most things testing one’s wellness, but the misconception led to the myth that antibiotics kill viruses. There are so many other things that the world has adapted as routine or resolve, but it always pays to do your research in any situation. Some home remedies, health aids and general information, are nothing but a myth.