Some “Health Truths” Debunked
Health advice has changed a lot over the past 10 years, and modern science has proven that some “truths” we have been told and may have believed are wrong.
The bad advice comes from well-meaning parents like “Drinking coffee will stunt your growth.” to doctors “Drink skim milk; it’s healthier.”
Here I look at 4 health myths that many believe at the Gospel truth, as follows:
- Napping in the afternoon means you are lazy. An afternoon nap is not just for babies and toddlers, and it certainly does not mean you or me, either one are lazy. About a 33% of American adults enjoy a daily nap and studies show that a brief 10- to 20-min nap can boost alertness and creativity as well as help keep one healthy. I enjoy that 20 min afternoon nap after a busy stock market day that begins at 8:00a ET. During a brief nap, we only enter the lightest stage of sleep, but during a 30 or 60 min nap the body will enter a deep level of sleep that may leave you feeling even more tired than before. Long naps are also bad for your health. Scientists at the University of Tokyo found that napping for 40 mins or longer increased the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by as much as 50%. Short naps of less than 30 mins lowered the risk. Notably, a Greek study presented at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology found that those who took midday naps had lower systolic blood pressure than those who did not nap.
- Coffee will stunt our growth. In past years, coffee was blamed for everything from heart disease and premature death to stunting growth, but it turns out that the experts did not know “beans”. Recent research shows that drinking even up to 6 cups a day will not increase risk of heart problems, cancer, or dying prematurely from any disease. In fact, a study found that Americans get more health-promoting antioxidants from coffee than anything else, because our bodies absorb antioxidants found in coffee better than those in fruits and vegetables. Note: drink Organic coffee. Coffee has been linked to a lower risk of all of the following health issues: depression, retinal degeneration, heart failure, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
- Drink skim milk, it’s healthier. Americans have been on a low-fat craze for decades, but recent research found that full-fat milk may be healthier than low-fat or no-fat milk. Tufts University conducted a 15-year study of people between the ages of 30 and 75, and found that those who ate the most full-fat dairy products had a 46% lower risk of diabetes. Another study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who ate the most high-fat dairy products were more likely to weigh less and to resist gaining weight over time than those who ate low-fat dairy products. Experts believe that when people cut down on fat, they increase their intake of high-calorie foods, such as sugar and carbs. I have not had a glass of milk since I was 12, and that was enough for me.
- Eggs are bad for us. For more than 50 years, health experts advised people to limit their consumption of eggs because they believed the cholesterol in eggs raised the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. New studies found that eggs only have a slight effect on cholesterol levels, and in fact, actually enhance brain function. A new Finnish study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that a diet relatively high in cholesterol, such as eating an egg every day, did not raise the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It found no association between a high intake of dietary cholesterol and the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, even among people who carried the APOE4 gene which affects the metabolism of cholesterol and increases the risk of memory disorders. On the contrary, the consumption of eggs was associated with better results in certain tests measuring cognitive performance. The Finnish study followed several recent studies showing that eggs don’t increase the risk of coronary heart disease, including a Y 2016 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition which found that eating an egg a day actually reduced the risk of stroke by 12%. I like eggs and eat 2 soft boiled Organic eggs daily, for a real treat garnish with caviar. So far, so good.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively, Enjoy that afternoon nap too
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