For decades, people thought that butter helps burns to heal.  Today we know that the salt in butter actually desiccates blistered skin and makes it worse. But separating fact from fiction has always been a problem in health care.  So, to do our part, here are some of the more common tall tales of well-being cut down to a healthy size.

Carrots Give You Super Night Vision

Carrots do contain beta-carotene which your body turns into vitamin A, an important nutrient for your eyes.   However, the notion that they will give you bunny-like eyesight in the dark is a throwback to World War 2.  During the war, the U.K. Ministry of Food implied that pilots were eating carrots to help them see enemy planes at night.

 

Today, we aren’t force feeding carrots to night patrols. That said, you can certainly reap many health benefits from eating a diet rich with fruits and vegetables, including carrots!

Milk Makes Your Bones Strong

You might have been told as a child that you should drink your milk if you want to grow big and strong; however, it turns out that that advice might not have been correct, though well-meaning your parents and doctors might have been. Recently, a Harvard study of 72,000 women concluded that there is no link between milk consumption and osteoporosis.  A similar study indicated that boys who are heavy milk drinkers are more likely to have fractures when they become adults.

Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis

 When you crack your knuckles, you are not grinding bones.  You are actually popping bubbles of synovial fluid that lubricate your joints.  Habitual cracking can weaken your grip or lead to injury, but it does not cause arthritis.  The arthritis rumor was manufactured to prevent crackers from making a bothersome sound.

All Fat is Bad

 Early research into heart disease was linked to fat in a very general way.  So, it is easy to see how this warning came to include all forms of fat. The truth is, our bodies need some fat.  The polyunsaturated fats in soybeans actually help prevent heart disease. It is the trans fats found in processed foods that should be avoided.

 

 

All Cholesterol is Bad

 

Like fat, cholesterol is a lipid. So, it was subject to the same early research surrounding heart disease.  Like fat, there are unhealthy and healthy forms of cholesterol.

 

LDL is the type of cholesterol that builds up in your arteries and causes a host of problems.  Deep fried and processed foods are often laden with LDL. However, HDL cholesterol helps your liver to flush your body and prevent heart disease.  Foods that contain HDL include fish, beans, and peanuts.

 

At Medical Supply Depot, we believe in informed health care not myths.  That is why we have medical supplies experts to advise you right over the phone. So, whether your needs are little or great, please feel free to give us a call.

 

And as always, we wish you the very best of health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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