Five Food Myths You Probably Still Believe

January 13, 2015

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Did you know the idea that coffee can stunt a kid’s growth is actually a MYTH?  It can cause other problems, but there’s no evidence it affects their height in any way.  Here are five more myths about food that most people think are true.


1.  Multigrain bread is good for you.  It MIGHT be, depending on the brand.  But the word “multigrain” just means there’s more than one type of grain in it.  And it could still be REFINED grains, which don’t have as much fiber and nutrients as whole grains do.

2.  Sugar makes kids hyperactive.  A huge study in 1995 found basically ZERO connection between kids’ behavior and how much sugar they ate.

3.  Vitamin C helps prevent colds.  A study in 2013 found it’s only true for people who get a crazy amount of exercise, like marathon runners.  For the rest of us, it might shorten the DURATION of a cold.  But it won’t actually prevent you from getting sick.

4.  Diabetes comes from eating too much sugar.  It can, but not necessarily.  Diabetes has to do with gaining weight.  So you can develop it from eating too much of ANYTHING, not just sugar.

5.  Celery is a negative-calorie food.  Meaning you burn more calories consuming it than are actually IN it.  But in reality, there AREN’T any negative calorie foods.

A large stalk of celery has about 10 calories.  But your only burn about two calories eating and digesting it.  (Buzzfeed / NY Times / BBC / MNT / BBC)