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Food "Facts" That Are Deceiving

By Sara Butler

There are a few things people believe about food that simply aren't true. If you swallow gum, it doesn't take seven years to digest. If you swallow a seed, a plant will not grow in your stomach. But you already knew all of that! Still, there are some food facts still floating around that simply have no basis in reality. In fact, you'd be better off forgetting a few of the "facts" you've learned about food over the years -- facts just like these.

The Five-Second Rule

Oh, you know all about the five-second rule! You know where, if drop a piece of food on the floor, you have exactly five seconds to pick it up and still eat it without worrying it'll make you sick? Well, that's a straight-up food myth.

Germs have the amazing ability to latch onto something fast. Studies have found that some foods can pick up bacteria in less than one second. In fact, the wetter the food you're talking about, the faster it'll be teeming with things you'd be better off leaving out of your mouth. So, when you drop that juicy slice of watermelon on the ground, it's best to just leave it.

Cage-Free Eggs

You may buy cage-free eggs because you have this mental picture of hens pecking along outside in the sunshine, free to go anywhere they please. And you probably think those eggs taste better because they taste like freedom, right?

Well, not to be a Debbie Downer, but hens that are cage-free don't necessarily have access to the outside. It simply means they literally aren't in a cage, but they may be stuck instead inside a building with a bunch of other hens. In the end, probably not the scenario you imagined.

Honey Goes Bad

The next time you're going through your kitchen cabinets during spring cleaning, you'll inevitably find that sticky, forgotten jar of honey in the back of the cupboard and wonder what on earth you should do with it. You may think that since it's been sitting there forgotten for so long that the best course of action is to just pitch it, but that would be a mistake. Honey never really expires if it's properly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place. In fact, honey has been known to stay good for literally centuries, so you probably wouldn't even want to throw out King Tut's honey if you came across it.

There are all kinds of food facts out there to discover. Don't always rely on what you think you know but instead  make sure to seek out answers for yourself!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Jordan, Utah.

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