“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.
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.
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.