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Debunking Health Myths

By Randi Morse

I would have given anything when I was in high school to have the immediate access to information that anyone with a cell phone has thee days. I was always extremely curious and the only way to find information back then was to travel to the library and check out the encyclopedia. It amazes me that even though we have instant access to any information we want, people are still misinformed about healthcare. Let's debunk a few common myths.

Egg Yolks 

There's a myth that egg yolks are bad for you and that you should only eat egg whites. Actually, egg yolks have a bunch of HDL in them, the good cholesterol, which actually counters any bad cholesterol intake you may have in your diet. So, unless you are allergic, it's a good idea to have one egg, with the yolk, a day.

Starvation Diet

By significantly cutting down the amount of calories you consume in a day, it makes sense that you would lose weight. That is likely why many people believe the starvation diet is a good idea. The truth, however, is that having a radical change in your diet can actually have the exact opposite result that you want. It leads to rebound weight gain, which is why it's a better idea to have a balanced, low calorie diet if you are looking to lose weight.

Coffee

I remember asking to taste my mother's coffee when I was young and she told me that I couldn't because it would stunt my growth. Even though I didn't taste the coffee back then, I still only grew to be five feet tall. The theory behind this myth is that caffeine can cause osteoporosis. The truth is that caffeine has a small, insignificant effect in connection to osteoporosis, and this effect can be countered by ensuring you have enough calcium intake. That doesn't mean that children should be drinking 8 cups of coffee a day, but it does mean that a sip here or there is not going to harm them.

There are all sorts of rumors and myths about healthcare, and it seems like the more connected we get with social media, the more misinformation you can find. Before you believe any sort of healthcare rumor or treatment you see online, take the time to do some research yourself. Look to reputable healthcare websites to give you the honest truth.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hutto, Tex.

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