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Biggest Food Myths: Is There Any Truth to Them?

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? We’re not sure exactly who started all these rumors — they certainly redefine the notion of juicy gossip — but somehow they’ve managed to stick around through the generations. We decided to look into the 8 biggest food myths out there to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction. (We’ll admit, it was pretty tasty research.) Dig in! — Hunter Augeri


  • Chocolate Causes Acne 1 of 10
    Chocolate Causes Acne
    In the 1950s doctors believed chocolate, which is found in many teenagers' (and, um, parents') diets, was a major cause of acne. However, recent studies show it isn't the chocolate, but the sugar added to it that may be the culprit. Bottom line: Chocolate isn't any more likely to give you zits than any other sugary treat.
  • Eating Fish Makes You Smarter 2 of 10
    Eating Fish Makes You Smarter
    What's all the fuss about? Fish is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that aid in the transmission of brain signals, which could help keep your little ones sharp in and out of school. So while eating fish won't exactly guarantee an IQ boost, cooking up this baked salmon over quinoa couldn't hurt ...
  • Carrots Give You Night Vision 3 of 10
    Carrots Give You Night Vision
    This myth dates back to a tale told by the British Royal Air Force to disguise their use of radar when it was introduced in WWII. Although carrots won't exactly give you night vision, the generous amount of vitamin A that they contain is an essential ingredient to maintaining vision and a healthy immune system. Great as a snack or side dish, your little cadet will certainly love these lime cumin roasted carrots.
  • Cast-Iron Skillets Give You Iron 4 of 10
    Cast-Iron Skillets Give You Iron
    Believe it or not, the residue cooked on to your food in a cast-iron skillet actually does offer up a measurable dose of iron to the blood. Use it on the stovetop or in the oven to cook anything from eggs, steak, or even a chicken pot pie to get its tasty — and healthy — benefits!
  • An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away 5 of 10
    An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
    Apples probably won't keep the doctor away forever, but it turns out this age-old aphorism may be truer than you actually thought. In addition to the nutrients contained in the flesh and skin, which give the fruit its anticancer and antioxidant properties, eating apples raw is a healthy dental practice. Convince your picky eaters to try them with these apple peanut butter sandwiches.
    Photo credit: Flickr
  • Turkey Makes You Sleepy 6 of 10
    Turkey Makes You Sleepy
    After stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner, the only thing we want to do is take a nap — it's only the natural effects of the tryptophan, right? Think again: it isn't the tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is also found in milk, that causes you to feel sleepy, but the huge 9-course meal you just devoured.
  • Seeds Will Grow in Your Stomach 7 of 10
    Seeds Will Grow in Your Stomach
    Moms everywhere have warned their kids a watermelon was going to grow inside their tummies if they swallowed the seeds in an attempt to make them more careful when eating seed-y fruits and veggies. Those of us over the age of 10 know the myth is false (um, right?), but it doesn't hurt having a little fun at the dinner table. We love snacking on these roasted pumpkin seeds with sea salt.
  • Eating Bread Crusts Makes Your Hair Turn Curly 8 of 10
    Eating Bread Crusts Makes Your Hair Turn Curly
    At one time, curly hair and bread were considered signs of wealth (my, how times have changed). Thus, the legend grew that eating the crusts of bread would put kinks in your hair. So nosh away like the rich and famous with this crazy stuffed-crust pizza!
  • Brussels sprouts?! Yuck! 9 of 10
    Brussels sprouts?! Yuck!
    Brussels sprouts always had a bad rap with kids. We're not sure exactly where this myth started, especially since these roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon & pomegranate are so good, your kid's plate will be empty before he even remembers to put up a fight.
  • Elvis Was An Unhealthy Eater 10 of 10
    Elvis Was An Unhealthy Eater
    Elvis was rumored to have put a lot of things in his body to keep those hips shakin' ... and we're guessing his peanut butter banana sandwich was one of the, um, healthier ones. So whip one of these up and eat like the king for a day!

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