Although they help us to design the world, the myths confine us to modes of explanation that are often false and insufficient. It is as if we ranked a book on a library shelf without even having watched what he was talking about!

Do not believe everything you read or hear in the media about health. Like urban legends, myths pervade public opinion about health. We have all heard and believe them; even most of them are true. Some myths die hard and are not without consequences when it comes to your health. Here are five myths you have to debunk!

1. To crack joints causes arthritis

Do people around you wince when they hear your joints crack? This sound is because of the formation of nitrogen in the joints and is not able to cause real damage in the long term. No study found a correlation between the creaking joints and arthritis. One caution though. If you regularly crack the knuckles, you risk the very long term increase of the likelihood of osteoarthritis (or OA), but only if you stretch your joints a lot and often.

2. Fresh vegetables always contain more vitamins than frozen vegetables

The daily consumption of vegetables is part of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. But fresh vegetables are not necessarily healthier than frozen vegetables. Many chemical components remain intact during freezing of foods. Frozen vegetables are prepared when they are the coolest. The loss of vitamins due to their freezing is often less than that of fresh vegetables, which must suffer the horrors of transportation and warehousing. But everything depends on the freshness of your vegetables. If they are fresh daily, they contain more vitamins than frozen vegetables. If they hang in your fridge for several days, they may have lost much of their nutritional value compared to their counterparts in frozen.

3. All vegetable oils are good for heart

It has been proven that animal fats, full of cholesterol, are bad for the cardiovascular system. But what we know less is that all vegetable oils are not equal for health. For example, palm oil, widely used in processed foods, like crackers, because of its low cost, has a high level of saturated fat. From this point of view, it is not better than butter. The hydrogenated vegetable oils are worse than saturated fats. In addition to increasing levels of bad cholesterol, they reduce the level of good cholesterol. To your health, choose monounsaturated oils rather like olive oil (extra virgin) or polyunsaturated such as sunflower oil.

4. A heart attack still causes severe pain in the chest

Men who have a heart attack usually feel a sharp pain in the chest, but this is not the only symptom. Women, the elderly and diabetics, do not experience symptoms always as intense as in men. It is not uncommon for these people to feel less pain when they have a heart attack. In addition to chest pain, also the following symptoms hold good: a feeling of discomfort and tightness in the chest, arms, neck and jaw during a period of time (10 to 15 minutes). The moral of this story is all heart attacks are dangerous and, when in doubt, it is better to fetch help but not to take the risk of dying!

5. The use of antibacterial soaps is the only effective way to prevent infections

Antibacterial soaps are a publicity gimmick that exploits people’s fears. However, antibacterial soaps kill all bacteria without distinction. Did you know that over 95 % Of bacteria are good for health? Bacteria that inhabit our intestines are essential to digestion. Even the good bacteria protect our skin against germs that cause many diseases. So just as the misuse of antibiotics, antibacterial soaps promote the development of resistant bacterial strains. So to improve your health, use regular soap. It will be effective enough to kill the bad germs without eliminating all bacteria.

To finish…

This is not only hereditary diabetes. It is possible to prevent Type II diabetes, often caused by excess weight, by making simple changes in lifestyle, such as increasing physical activity and eating healthier food and less rich in carbohydrates.

All natural products are not necessarily safe. Some of these products may increase or decrease the effect of certain drugs.