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I love lists like these because a) they confirm things I was pretty sure I knew already; and b) they simplify life in the service of common sense, which is always cause for celebration. Herewith Business Insider’s official lowdown on twenty popular health assumptions:
- Does olive oil prevent heart disease? Yes.
- Do cough syrups work? No (with the possible exception of Dimetapp).
- Does sugar cause hyperactivity? No.
- Do sugary soft drinks lead to diabetes? Yes.
- Do I need sunscreen with more than 30 SPF? No, just remember to use broad spectrum and apply lots.
- Is the MSG in Chinese food likely to give you a headache? No.
- Do nuts make you fat? No.
- Is walking as effective as running? Yes.
- Is drinking fruit juice as good for you as eating fruit? No.
- Are all wheat breads better for you than white bread? No.
- Can a hot tub make you sick? Yes.
- Does coffee cause cancer? No.
- Do eggs raise cholesterol levels? No.
- Can you drink too much water? Yes.
- Can yogurt ease digestive problems? Yes.
- Do whitening toothpastes whiten teeth more than regular toothpastes? No.
- Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers? Yes.
- Can watching TV ruin your eyesight? No.
- Is red wine better for you than white wine? Yes.
- Is bottled water better for you than tap water? No.
Have a look at the full article for links to explanations. Medical Ricochetti, you can let us know if they got any of this wrong. In the meantime, I’m going to go knock back some shiraz and pistachios while marathoning The Hollow Crown on TV. Catch you later.