29 common claims and bogus 'facts' about food that are false or very misleading
Food is wonderful. It tastes good, fuels our bodies, and gives us a great excuse to bond with friends and family.
But because of food's importance in all cultures, and our health - you are what you eat, the old adage goes - it's a minefield for misleading and sometimes hysterical claims.
Some eating-related myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies have been passed down through the ages, though the internet age has given rise to puzzling new falsehoods and diversions.
To help combat food fictions, we've rounded up and corrected dozens of the most shocking food "facts" in this list. (If you're hungry for more myth-busting, peruse our list of 101 science myths.)
MYTH: There are bugs in your strawberry Frappuccino.
MYTH: There's beaver butt secretions in your vanilla ice cream.
MYTH: Coffee stunts your growth.
MYTH: Sugar and chocolates are aphrodisiacs.
MYTH: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
MYTH: Milk does a body good!
MYTH: You need to wait an hour after eating to swim or you can cramp and drown.
MYTH: A juice cleanse will detoxify you after an eating binge.
MYTH: Organic food is pesticide-free and more nutritious.
MYTH: Sugar causes hyperactivity in children.
MYTH: Eating chocolate gives you acne.
MYTH: Natural sugar like honey is better for you than processed sugar.
MYTH: Carbonated water isn't as hydrating as flat water.
MYTH: Mixing energy drinks with alcohol makes you drunker.
MYTH: The chemical tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy.
MYTH: Yogurt will help put your digestive system back in order.
MYTH: You can cure a hangover by drinking more.
MYTH: Eating ice cream will make your cold worse.
MYTH: It takes 7 years for gum to digest if you swallow it.
MYTH: Sugar is as addictive as heroin.
MYTH: Twinkies and McDonald's burgers last forever.
MYTH: Brown sugar is healthier than white sugar.
MYTH: Eating a lot of carrots gives you great night vision.
MYTH: Chinese food with MSG will make you sick.
MYTH: Everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day.
MYTH: Eating before drinking keeps you sober.
MYTH: Eating food within 5 seconds of dropping it on the floor is safe.
MYTH: Eating asparagus will give you cancer.
MYTH: Children who drink soda are at a greater risk of becoming obese.
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