Old Wives Tales: Which are True or False?

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We have all heard lots of old wives’ tales, but which are true or false?

  1. Carrots are good for your eyesight, is a claim that is true. Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects your vision. But, if you have bad eyesight, no amount of carrots will improve it.
  2. Sitting too close to the TV will not harm your eyes. Some of the earlier TV screens were thought to emit harmful x-rays, leading to manufacturers recommending sitting a safe distance away.
  3. Losing most of your body heat through your head is a false claim, although your head, chest and face tend to feel temperature extremes more acutely.
  4. Chicken soup really can help treat a cold. The broth of chicken bones and vegetables contains important minerals that can help to relieve cold symptoms, and the soup has anti-inflammatory properties too.
  5. The saying that knuckle cracking will give you arthritis is false and may have been invented because it is an annoying habit!
  6. Chewing gum taking seven years to digest is another saying that might have been popularised by parents. Most of the ingredients in gum are easily digested.
  7. Contrary to belief, feeling cold won’t give you a cold, and in fact, the cold might even stimulate your immune system.

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