True or False? Health facts for your new year

Which of these common health and fitness questions are true, and which are false? Take a guess, and then find out the answers. You can find a list of vocabulary for this post at the end.

Take your guesses, and then find the answers below.

1. You must drink 8 glasses of water per day.
2. You can treat a wound with honey.
3. If you go outside with wet hair, you will catch a cold.
4. Carrots will help you see in the dark.
5. You should eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

 

1. You must drink 8 glasses of water per day. 

This fact is...

False!

Everyone has different needs when it comes to water consumption. A lot of our water needs are fulfilled with our food, but if you're thirsty, you should drink water. When it's hot out or you sweat, drink extra water. The 8 glasses of water per day fact is really a myth - one that it's even hard to find an origin for!

2. You can disinfect a wound with honey. 

This fact is...

True!

Honey can be used to keep a cut or scrape from becoming infected. If you find yourslf in a situation where the only thing you have is honey, you can apply it to yourself and be confident that you are making the right choice. Maybe we should all start packing honey?

3. If you go outside with with wet hair, you'll catch a cold. 

This fact is...

False!

While you may get cold, there is no evidence that going out with wet hair will make you catch a cold. A cold is caused by a virus, so unless you go out with wet hair and then get coughed on by someone, you are safe.

4. Carrots will help you see in the dark. 

This fact is...

False!

Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, which is important for things like healthy eyes and skin, but eating them does not give you better vision. This myth actually has a very interesting history. It was first spread during WWII, when Britain wanted to spread a story that their bombers could see in the dark because they consumed carrots.

5. You should eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day. 

This fact is...

True!

The World Health Organization recommends eating 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day. But, make sure you vary the types of fruits and vegetables you eat, so you get the maximum health benefit from different nutrients. One thing to note: the WHO does not recommend potatoes as one of your 5, as they are more like pasta or rice nutritionally than they are like broccoli or strawberries.

Glossary:

to consume: to eat or drink something
consumption: the act of eating or drinking something
to disinfect: to clean something with a substance that kills bacteria
nutrients: a substance that plants, animals and humans need to live and grow

 

 

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