What Science Says About Some Common Food Myths

A recent post on Lifehacker made my little scientist heart go pitter-patter.  The authors take on 10 common food myths and then give actual scientific explanations of why they're not true.  For instance?  

  • Eating after a certain time in the evening does not make the food turn directly to fat.
  • Adding salt to water doesn't make boiling foods cook faster.
  • Aluminum (from cookware, cans, deodorant) does not cause Alzheimer's disease.
  • Wooden vs. plastic cutting boards for meat:  one won't harbor more bacteria than the other.

What I loved about this article was that it was obviously written by scientifically-minded folks.  They properly referenced everything, they even (mostly) linked to some primary sources (ie, actual experiments that had been done to test the hypothesis about wooden vs. plastic cutting boards).  

Even better?  They gave an awesome plug at the end for doing your own research about diet claims. They also gave an excellent link to a Cleveland Clinic page about common sense ways to judge the soundness of nutritional advice.  The questions listed there are good to keep in mind for any health/scientific advice you might hear, on or off the internet..

(10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science – via Lifehacker)

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