Commonly-Believed Health Myths You Need to Stop Falling For Right Now

When it comes to the internet, the truth is out there … but so is a ton of misinformation. From lies about trans fats on labels to the rumor that brown eggs are better than white, the nutrition myths alone are enough to make any well-meaning person want to scream.

By avoiding the deceptive myths out there, keeping things simple will be much easier. These are a few “facts” you can un-learn here and now.

Milk does your body good

A jug pouring milk into a glass.

Milk might not be as healthy as we thought. | Naturalbox/iStock/Getty Images

For years we’ve been told by the Department of Agriculture to drink three cups of milk per day. But multiple studies show a lack of association between milk consumption and a decrease in bone fractures. Some research even shows a higher mortality rate associated with too much dairy.

You must drink 8 glasses of water a day

Two glass of water on a table.

Filling up on a lot of water won’t work miracles. | Tokkyneo/iStock/Getty Images

If you never quite seem to reach the recommended eight glasses of H2O a day, don’t despair: It’s a myth that you need that much in the first place. Water is vital for life, but how much you need per day will depend on your age, body mass, and how much you’ve been sweating. Just drink water when you’re thirsty and you’ll be fine.

Eating fat makes you fat

A hamster eats a slice of carrot while wrapped in a blanket.

Eating does your body (and soul) a lot of good. | Giphy

In prior decades, we were told to buy low fat products and avoid all saturated fat. But eating foods with fat leaves you feeling satiated, which may make you eat less in the long run. Overconsumption, not fat, will make you gain weight.

The ‘five second rule’ is fine

Homer Simpson lying next to a bucket of trash.

Don’t even think about it. | Giphy

We’ve all been guilty of dropping food on the floor and swooping it up promptly because of the “five second rule.” But here’s the bad news: Bacteria can contaminate a food within milliseconds. But of course, dropping something on your freshly cleaned kitchen floor is much better than eating food off the ground of a public place.

The scale is a good indicator of your health

Bridget steps on a scale and looks shocked.

The scale will just stress you out. | Giphy

No matter how many times experts tell us to skip the daily weigh-ins, we can’t seem to resist. But weight can be misleading for a lot of reasons, in fact, there’s growing evidence to suggest that your BMI is bogus.

 You can ‘catch up’ on sleep

Woman sleeping in bed

The myth about catching up on sleep, debunked.| Marjot/iStock/Getty Images

If you burn the midnight oil all week long and then sleep in on Saturday, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Your body can’t pay off that sleep debt it’s accruing, and chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health problems.

No pain, no gain

Mindy working out at the gym with a spotter.

Stay in tune with how you challenge your body. | Giphy

Working out can lead to soreness and stiffness, especially when you try something new. But pain is your body’s way of telling you that there’s something wrong. Never ignore it.