Eating icecream gives you cold and other health misnomers to steer clear from  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Misnomers or myths around topics of health are common, especially when we have access to so much information
- However, some of these myths may be harmless, while others can put you at a high risk of diseases and conditions
- Know 5 common health misnomers you should stop believing right now
New Delhi: Our health is the most important thing to us, and the pandemic just reinforced it in so many ways. However, even as we take our health seriously and stay cautious of what we eat, how much we exercise, and how we can keep diseases and infections away, we can fall prey to misinformation, myths and misnomers, that can act as hurdles in our endeavour to be healthiest.
While some of this misinformation is harmless, others can put us at a higher risk of diseases, or worse health. Moreover, it is best to be aware of what is the right information, and what isn’t, especially when so much of it is available to us now at the click of a button.
5 common health misnomers you must not believe anymore
Feeling cold does not cause a common cold, cough
So often, we hear our elders or other people telling us that we must wear appropriate clothing during the winters, not step out with wet hair when it is windy, or not eat/drink cold foods like icecreams, or soft drinks during the cold weather, as it can lead to us getting sick with a common cold, or cough. However, the fact is that you do not catch a common cold or cough due to the weather, or how cold you are. Common cold and cough are caused by a range of viruses, which when enter your body can cause disease. These infections, however, are common during the winter months because the dry, cold air makes it easier for the viruses to get transmitted.
Sugar consumption does not lead to hyperactivity in kids
We have heard so many people say that just because their child ate lots of sugary food, he/she is now super energized and will be hyperactive for most of the day. They also refrain from giving their kids a sugary snack to eat before bedtime, as it can lead to high energy and a disruption in their sleep time. However, research has time and again tried to find a link between this, and failed. Researchers even looked at children with ADHD and found that sugar consumption does not lead to hyperactivity in kids.
Organic food is free of pesticides
Organic foods have taken over the markets, especially in urban areas, where people prefer to eat organic produce as it is likely to be healthier. However, research suggests that organic food may not necessarily be healthier than regularly grown food. Another common misnomer about organic food is that it is free of pesticides. The truth is that organic producers are allowed to use natural pesticides, which may not always be healthier than their chemical counterparts, both for the environment, or the body.
The three/five-second rule
It might come as a disappointment to all those who pick up their food from the floor, yell “3-second rule”, or “5-second rule”, and quickly take a bite from it, but the whole 3/5 second rule is actually a misnomer. Bacteria and other pathogens can infect food within milliseconds. As per a study, it may depend more on how clean the surface you dropped your food on is, rather than the time it stays on it, to determine if it is fit to eat.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Apples are a great fruit. They are rich in fibre, vitamins, and other nutrients and make for a great breakfast or even mid-day snack. However, apples cannot keep you safe from every infection and disease that exists around the world. You must get your vaccinations in time, take medicines when you fall sick, and get proper diagnosis and treatment for diseases.
Natural sugar sources can be safely consumed by diabetics
One of the most common misnomers that people believe is that diabetics should not consume crystal, processed sugar, but can consume jaggery, or honey – which are natural sources of sugar. Sugar is sugar, and will lead to a spike in blood sugar levels, which if not managed, can cause serious health risks. The source of sugar, processed or not, will not matter. Though natural sugar is better as it is just less processed, it does not mean it is safe for diabetics and they can consume it as much as they like.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.