Popular Health ‘Myths’ That Science Says Might Actually Be True

Misconceptions, rumors, old wives’ tales–health myths come in many shapes and forms. Some people grow up with their mom telling them to put on a jacket or not sit too close to the TV. But have you ever questioned whether these myths are accurate?

Some popular health myths are true, or at least slightly factual. Your vision can suffer from reading in low light, chicken soup can help with a cold, and turkey indeed can make you tired. Learn whether or not some popular health myths are correct.

“An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away”

Eating an apple every day can actually “keep the doctor away” in a certain sense. According to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, apple-eaters did not have fewer doctor’s appointments. However, they did take fewer prescription medications than non-apple-eaters.

A girl eats an apple at a festival.
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Apples offer many nutrients that keep the body healthy. Scientists from Cornell University found that the antioxidants in apples are equal to 1,500 mg of vitamin C, which fortifies the immune system. They even found that some extracts in apples can shrink cancer cells by 43%. While eating apples won’t prevent the flu, it will keep you healthy.