When scientific truths meet urban myths

fruitsCould you remember when cigarette smoking was good for you? Yes, once upon a time there were those ads showing that the reason you haven’t made the transformation from hoi polloi to the upper class was the fag. Today, with all the video evidence from those who tried it and regret it, you wonder why the stick is not totally banned. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/former-smokers-speak-up-in-graphic-cdc-video-ads/2/

Adverts lie, and so do researchers. So, if I were you, I’d take everything I read about new scientific findings with a pinch of salt. It wasn’t long ago when I bought my first microwave oven. My wife and I work incredible jobs that barely gave room for regular meals or family time. We had our first fridge and it was quite sizeable, then we invested in a deep freezer.

Back home in Africa, getting regular electricity supply is a problem but heavy generating sets come to the rescue. My wife made it a duty to prepare at least a week’s worth of meals, frozen in the deep freezer. Whenever electricity permits and we were home, we would push a plate into the machine and with a whir the alarm tells when food was ready.

If I’d known that working microwaves were commonplace on Ottawa kerbs, I could’ve saved nearly $200 dollars. It would take time for me to know why glittering microwaves end up by the kerb even while it appears that the jury is out on the danger it allegedly poses to the user’s health. http://www.naturalnews.com/030651_microwave_cooking_cancer.html#

Have you heard the gist about onions? Don’t drop your shopping basket; onions are still good, containing allium and sulphur both good for blood circulation and excellent for the heart. Apparently, some people now swear by their mother’s apron that a half-used onion would absorb bacteria the way a magnet attracts nails. So much so, that Dr. Joe Schwarcz of MgGill University devoted time and space to inform us that this, indeed is an old wife’s tale – http://urbanlegends.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=urbanlegends&cdn=newsissues&tm=9&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=65&bt=9&bts=9&zu=http%3A//blogs.mcgill.ca/oss/2012/12/29/is-it-true-that-onions-can-absorb-bacteria

Remember grandma saying an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay? Grandma was right because a diet without fruits would do awful damage to your bowels. Man shall not live by bread alone; in addition to the butter, add a bit of fruits and vegetables. But in a day and age where everyone is counting calories, who do you believe, the urban legend asking you to keep off bananas, carrots and almonds – when dieting. Apparently they’re not telling the whole truth. Those fruits pack a punch of vitamins and minerals that your body needs during the dieting procedure. Check this out http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/weight-loss-myth-bananas-carrots-and-almonds-are-good-if-you-are-trying-to-lose-weight.html#b.

So, before you trash your refrigerator or fruit basket, why not check a second, third or fourth opinion? It’s the information age, and everybody’s selling something.

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