Throughout the centuries, many health myths have arisen.

Throughout the centuries, many health myths have arisen. Some are tried, tested, and taken as fact, but others are nothing more than fantasy. In this article, we debunk some of the latter.

Health-related myths are common and arise for a variety of reasons.

Some may be "old wives' tales" that have been passed from generation to generation, which somehow escape being challenged outside scientific and medical professions.

Other times, it can be that old but previously accepted science — such as the results of studies from the mid-20th century — is found by modern scientific methods to be less accurate than originally thought.

In this article, we take a look at five of the most common health myths and examine the evidence behind them.

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