We have all heard lots of old wives’ tales, but which are true or false?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The saying that knuckle cracking will give you arthritis is false and may have been invented because it is an annoying habit!
- 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.
- Contrary to belief, feeling cold won’t give you a cold, and in fact, the cold might even stimulate your immune system.