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Sarah Russo3 years ago

Did you know these common health tales are myths?

Often, we have a tendency to believe old wives tales without ever researching if they are true or not. This is based on what we are told while growing up. Every health myth normally has a smidgeon of truth behind it, before turning into stories to scare children into becoming healthier and tricking us into fad diets. Our top 5 health myths have been floating around for centuries, and we thought it was time to research these common misconceptions so you know the truth, once and for all. So next time someone says you shouldn’t crack your knuckles or gum stays in your body for 7 years, you will know exactly how to answer them! Read on to learn the truth.

Eating carbs makes you fat

This has some truth behind it. Eating too much of anything can lead to weight gain. However, carbohydrates are the main source of energy our bodies need to ensure we don’t break down our muscle! Because, when our bodies lack carbs, protein is a supplement for energy.

Note: Some people are allergic to carbohydrates, so this is not a hard and fast rule for everyone.


Cracking your joints with cause arthritis

This old wives tale is still commonly believed but in truth, is not harmful. The cracking or popping is a result from negative pressure drawing nitrogen gas temporarily into the joint.

If there is pain when you crack your joints, this may be a sign of a physical abnormality.


Skipping meals is a great way to lose weight

Less calories means increased weight loss, right? Not necessarily. Our bodies require a certain amount of calories to function (different for each person depending on height, weight and physical needs).

When you reduce your calories below the your bodies daily consumption requirements, your blood-sugar levels drop, leaving you feeling tired, and can also lead to illness. You will often become irritable due to the changes in your brain and you are potentially depleting your metabolism and energy.

If you are considering skipping a meal, eat a light meal full of nutrient rich foods.


If you swallow gum, it stays in your body for 7 years

In history there have been cases of children who have swallowed a lot of gum and have had to have it surgically removed. This is a very rare.

Although some ingredients in chewing gum are hard for the body to dissolve, our digestive system eventually disposes it from our bodies. This only takes a day or two, certainly not seven years.


Fat-free or low-fat foods are better than full-fat foods

The problem with fat-free, low-fat or reduced-fat foods can often be the absence of flavour. To cover up this lack of flavour, often companies will add other ingredients, such as sugar, salt and artificial flavours. With these types of food, you may be consuming more calories and artificial ingredients than if you opted for the full-fat product.

It is important to read the label on the foods you buy to ensure you know exactly what food you are eating.


Are you looking to kick-start your health? Joining a gym and making good food choices will have you well on your way to a healthy lifestyle. Check our top picks for a gym and where to pick a healthy snack in the Port Stephens area!


YMCA Raymond Terrace

Offering a wide range of youth, family and community services the YMCA Raymond Terrace provides a broad selection of physical activities to boost your health. Whether you prefer to slug it out in the weights room, work up a sweat in a spin class or increase your flexibility in the gymnastics-training arena, the YMCA Raymond Terrace has something for everyone.
Where: 18A Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324


Inner Light Tea Rooms

Enjoy morning or afternoon tea with a magnificent view at Inner Light Tea Rooms. Take your pick of hot and cold drinks, cakes, gluten-free desserts, quiche, soups, burgers, their famous scones or range of other delights for a relaxing time out. After dining, browse through the gift shop or visit the museum. As the team says, “Come for the view, stay for the food”.
Where: 5A Lighthouse Road, Nelson Bay NSW 2315


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