The Truth Behind Common Old Wives’ Tales Regarding Your Health

Ah yes, old wives’ tales. Little nuggets passed down from generation to generation that often make us scratch our heads and think: “How did anyone every believe in this stuff?!” But when it comes to your health, it’s important to know which of these are myths — and which actually have some truth to them. Here’s a look at 15 old wives’ tales about your health. (The truth on page 11 will shock you.)

1. “Eating chocolate gives you acne”

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You can breathe a sigh of relief, chocoholics — How Stuff Works tells us there’s no direct link between being acne-prone and eating chocolate. They do point out, however, that acne can result from factors such as foods. So if you’re prone to breakouts but don’t want to give up the sweet stuff, they suggest sticking to dark chocolate.

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