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4 Nutrition Myths Busted

Date Published: 12-16-2022
Topic: Health

Myth 1: Cranberry juice cures urinary tract infections.

False: There’s no strong evidence that cranberry juice prevents the recurrence of UTIs or reduces the length of an existing infection compared to a placebo. However, it is true that cranberries contain a compound that prevents bacteria from sticking to bladder walls.

Myth 2: Juice cleanses prevent acne and strengthen your liver and kidneys.

False: There is very little research to support positive claims of juicing — and most physiological effects of juice fasts are unpleasant. Science has shown lower measures of blood sugar, lower insulin levels and reduced blood pressure during cleansing, but any other health benefit is unsupported by evidence.

Myth 3: Himalayan salt reduces signs of aging.

False: While it’s true that sodium is an essential component of healthful electrolytes, there is no research that can back up the claim that Himalayan salt (or any type of salt) can reverse or reduce the signs of aging.

Myth 4: Cucumbers (and other fruits and veggies) are negative calorie foods.

False: The popular idea that some foods are so low in calories that we burn more calories digesting them than they actually contain has been around for years, but it’s never been demonstrated in research. However, even though they may not have negative calories, fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense choices, meaning they’re low-calorie foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals.

Written by Jessie R. Shafer for Oxygen Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected].