Coffee Can Stunt Childhood Development

“After numerous studies, no conclusive findings have been made to suggest a relationship between coffee consumption and impaired growth,” says Kristen Scheney, a nutrition expert with CCS Medical. “The basis of this myth stems from the idea that caffeine in coffee can be the cause of osteoporosis, a vitamin D deficiency that makes the bones fragile.”

She emphasizes that findings show that even in the event that caffeine does have some effect, it would be relatively insignificant and could be stymied by maintaining regular calcium consumption. That’s not to say kids should start downing the stuff (the caffeine would still have them bouncing off the walls). But it’s not going to stunt their growth.

“Starving Yourself” Can Be Effective for Weight Loss

The “starvation diet”—significantly cutting down the number of calories you consume in a day—may seem like an effective strategy for losing lots of pounds quickly. But in fact, a radical shift in your eating can lead to the opposite result.

“Eating too little or starving yourself is a very bad idea and it actually leads to rebound weight gain,” says Alam. “This has been a common notion among young teenage girls for a long time. Eat a balanced out low calorie diet, that will help you to lose weight.” For better ways to lose weight, check out the 20 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight.

Egg Yolks Are Bad for You

The delicious yellow center of eggs get a bad rap from health reports, says Mashfika Alam, a doctor with online health consultancy iCliniq, who urges that we reconsider the belief that egg yolk can cause heart disease or atherosclerosis due to its “bad cholesterol.”

“Maybe because people only got to know the health benefits of egg yolk only recently, but egg yolk is recommended for everyone unless allergic, even people with heart disease as it is loaded with HDL which is a good cholesterol and actually counteracts the effects of bad cholesterol,” says Alam. “Hence one egg a day for everyone, unless allergic, at least five days a week is a good thing.” Bonus: Eating eggs for breakfast is one of the 30 Best Ways to Get More Energy Before Noon. 

Myth: The world wide web and the Internet are the same thing.

Truth:They aren’t the same thing. The Internet is the infrastructure that allows information to be shared between networks across the world, including ones accessed via personal computers, smartphones, various kinds of software and more. The web is just another one of those networks, namely the one with sites and pages that start with www. Hey, just like the one you’re on right now! Look at that!

The web needs the Internet to exist, but the Internet has plenty of other stuff going on besides the web.

Myth:You can’t take good photos unless your camera has a lot of megapixels.

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Truth: Despite being one of the most commonly held beliefs about digital photography, a photo’s quality is determined by many more factors than megapixels. As The New York Times explains, “a camera’s lens, circuitry and sensor — not to mention your mastery of lighting, composition and the camera’s controls — are far more important factors.”

Tracing A Phone Call Takes Time

This myth is an action movie staple because it creates a nice, dramatic scene with a lot of tension. The good guys are on the phone with the bad guy. They have to keep him talking for X seconds before they can trace the call and find his location. And they almost make it…but, of course, the bad guy always hangs up just before the trace completes.

In actuality, most of the time, police know where you are as soon as the call starts. And this isn’t just for landlines, either. It’s also true for cell phones since nowadays networks are required by the FCC to have location-tracking technology for this exact purpose. The only time when the movie scenario works, kind of, is when the bad guy is using a stolen phone or prepaid phone. And even then it doesn’t take 60 seconds–because it’s not the 1980s anymore.

Explosions Are No Big Deal

Any good action hero worth his salt knows how to deal with an explosion: never look at it, jump in the air exactly when it happens and then get up and keep running. It doesn’t matter that the shockwave was strong enough to shatter buildings, cars, and other heavy stuff. When it comes to the human body, all an explosion does is propel the hero forward in slow motion.

As you might expect, in real life, that same shockwave would tear our hero to pieces. Even if his body remains intact, the shockwave doesn’t push him forward, it goes through him. This alone is usually enough to stop his heart.

Athletes Are Overpaid

Sticking with the angry mother for a moment, let’s look at that last line again. She specifically brings up how much money Can Newton makes, as if that justifies her complaint. Athletes have long dealt with the “overpaid” stigma hanging over their head. When they make a mistake, they’re told “you make millions of dollars to do one thing and you can’t get it right.”

The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sticking with Cam Newton, he makes $20.76 million on average, per season. In a vacuum, that does admittedly sound like a lot to throw a ball around. But you need to take into consider what he means to the team. He’s a superstar, taking the team to 12-0 right now without anyone on offense to help him. If the Panthers didn’t pay him that much, someone else would have.

Oh, and the Carolina Panthers are worth an estimated $1 to $1.5 billion depending on your source. Even then, that’s 19th overall in the NFL, the most profitable sport in the country. To them, to the whole NFL, $20 million would be the equivalent to you or me buying a new TV. Yeah, it’s a bit pricey, but we can easily afford it and it’s a great investment.

If you’re trying to be healthy, you should only shop the perimeter of the supermarket.

When you’re trying to up your health game, you probably abide by one grocery shopping rule: Stick to the perimeter of the store. But you don’t have to spend all your time in the produce section; as long as you avoid the processed junk, those middle aisles aren’t as bad as they’re believed to be.

“Make the most of the middle aisles — they’re stocked with superfoods. Otherwise you’ll be missing out on fiber-rich ancient grains like sorghum, millet and amaranth, and plant-based foods containing protein, like nuts, chia, flax, and quinoa,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read it Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table. “Also, how can you resist the value of beans? The underrated supermarket gem is full of soluble fiber that could help control cholesterol levels while providing a whopping 6 grams of plant protein per half cup, weighing in at only about 40 cents per serving.” For more healthy hacks, check out the 30 Best Ways to Stick to Any Diet.