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Health myths that modern scientists successfully debunked

Pseudo-scientific myths aren’t easily replaced with solid facts. We’re recommended to take at least 10,000 steps every day, buy gluten-free food, and drink liquids only 30 minutes after lunch. However, all these beliefs have no scientific support.

Today we found a few of the widespread misconceptions that we used to believe were scientific facts.

So scroll down to look at these Health myths that modern scientists successfully debunked.

Gluten is not good for your health


Scientists compared more than 650 gluten-free products with their regular equivalents and they found out that gluten-free products contain more calories, sugar, fat, and less protein. For healthy people, limiting the number of whole-grain foods in one’s diet might increase the risk of the development of heart disease.

Activated charcoal is a natural remedy for treating a hangover


Hangover symptoms appear when the alcohol in your liver turns into toxic acetaldehyde and then the latter gets into your bloodstream. Activated charcoal absorbs the toxins inside your body and promotes their quick disposal through the intestines. However, it’s only effective during the first hour after poisoning. It’s a pretty pointless idea to try to use charcoal early in the morning.

There are negative-calorie foods

negative-calorie foods

Celery, grapefruit, broccoli, tomatoes, and cucumbers are called negative-calorie foods, but there is no scientific proof to back up this fact. They are only low in calories. This low calorie or negative calorie myth can be explained by the fact that these products contain a lot of water and fiber that don’t require much energy to be digested.

No drinking while eating


All the water that you drink while eating; helps wash pieces of food down the esophagus to the stomach. It also breaks up big lumps of food and delivers acids and ferments to it. The water dilutes the secretion of the gastric juice but it doesn’t interfere with the work of the stomach. A glass of water would only help you digest your food properly.

Bar soap transmits bacteria

Bar soap

No soap transmits bacteria. A group of scientists conducted an experiment: they placed bacteria on a bar of soap, washed their hands, and gave the bar to another participant of the experiment. As the result, they didn’t find any bacteria on the participants’ hands.

You need to take at least 10,000 steps every day


10,000 steps is a random number that was made up by the Japanese to promote a new step counter in the mid-1960s. Some studies prove that to stay fit and healthy, you need to take from 5,000 to 8,000 steps every day. Scientists tried to count an exact necessary number and claim that it’s advised to take at least 7,500 steps per day.

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