If you’ve ever dug into any kind of formal personal development, you’ve probably realized that much of who you are today has been shaped by your upbringing. Specifically by your parents.
A a kid, you instinctively put complete trust in your parents. Eventually you probably realized they’re just human and make mistakes just like everyone else, but for many people, parental influence is so strong it’s hard to shake....
This is definitely true when it coms to things your mother taught you about health. Even though the science today says, ‘Keep eating egg yolks! It doesn’t cause high cholesterol like we thought it did,’ you can still hear your mom’s, and maybe even grandmother’s, warnings about the dangers of too many eggs.
Here are some mom-myths:
- “It’s cold outside: Wear a hat or you’ll catch a cold.”
It makes sense in theory, but really all a hat will do is keep you warmer than you otherwise might be. Viruses cause colds and flu`s, not cold weather. The same is true about going to bed with wet hair. Go ahead: Shower and hit the pillow if thats you.
- “Feed a cold, starve a fever”
WTF? Turns out, this has little science behind it. Best thing to do is listen to your body. If you’re sick and haven’t eaten in two days and your body is telling you you’re hungry, then eat. If your body is telling you food will make you feel worse, don’t eat.
- “Wait 30 minutes after eating before you jump in the pool!”
Does this mean we can feed our kids in the actual pool? Yes please!
- “Step away from the microwave”
Fear of radiation led us to believe for years that we would get cancer if we stood near the microwave as it warmed our food. Turns out, the amount of radiation that can escape from your microwave is way too small to do any damage.
- “Margarine is better than butter”
Still believe margarine is better? Consider the ingredients in both:
- Vegetable oils (including sunflower oil)
- Plant sterol esters (12.5%) (this is an additive that reduces cholesterol, but interferes with absorption of fat soluble vitamins & hormones)
- Modified tapioca starch, salt (1.0%) (this is a chemically altered thickener)
- Emulsifiers: Mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids, sunflower lecithin
- Preservative: Potassium sorbate, citric acid, vitamin E, flavouring (often synthetic chemicals), vitamin B6, folic acid
- Colour: Beta carotene, Vitamins A, D and B12
Think about it.....
- “Granola bars are a good healthy snack”
Gawd...you might as well just chug a bucket of corn-syrup..
- “Always rinse raw chicken in the sink”
Contaminating the whole sink is far more sketchy than just cooking the damn chicken.
- “If you swallow gum, it will sit in your stomach for seven years!”
Say what? Gum, like all the other stuff you swallowed as a kid, gets pushed along the digestive tract. Chew on that!
Parent hack..if they swallow it..it wont end up somewhere else..like under a table or a shoe or in the laundry pile holding together the legs of your brand new pair of Lulu`s (true story), or as a mothers day gift (see pic)...
- “Crack your knuckles and you’ll get arthritis!”
Clearly this was made up because the sound of cracking knuckles rivals the sound of Nickelback, but permanent damage to your joints? No. Crack away if its your thing.
Anyhoo...Those are my mom-myths