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In this week's Throwback Thursday, we look at old wives' tales - and whether they're fact or fiction.
Not true. There is no scientific evidence - or anecdotal, for that matter - that suggests swimming after eating gives you cramp. Old wives tales are often based on superstition and get passed down from generation to generation - but they can be true...
Starving yourself is never a good idea - especially when you're ill and you need nutrients. If and when you next get fever, make sure you eat well!
Not only is cranberry juice delicious, but it does actually have health benefits too! The old wives' tales were correct - research shows cranberry juice prevents the bacteria that causes bladder infections from 'swimming together'. Professor Nathalie Tufenkji, of McGill University, Montreal, said: "While the effects of cranberry in living organisms remain subject to further study, our findings highlight the role cranberry consumption might play in the prevention of chronic infections."
In recent years, scientists have confirmed that fish really is 'brainfood'. Oily fish especially contains omega-3, which helps memory and mental performance by increasing blood flow to the brain.
There's no concrete scientific evidence that leaning forward and drinking a glass of water upside down will stop the hiccups. However, Richard McCallum, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center says: "[It] always works and I firmly recommend it for my normally healthy patients." If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for us!
It's true - chicken soup really is good for you when you're feeling under the weather! As well as "improving hydration and nutritional status," the tasty soup is known for "accelerating mucosal clearance", according to the CHEST Journal. Essentially, it'll sort you right out.
Eating apples is, of course, good for you, so by all means include it as one of your five a day. However, they're not going to prevent illness on their own!
Having a glass of warm milk can make you sleepy, and there are two probable reasons for this. Firstly, babies often go to sleep immediately after breastfeeding, so it could be a memory that triggers our tiredness, and secondly... Well, it's a pleasant, comforting taste!
While regular consumption of Vitamin C does boost the immune system and may subsequently prevent colds, it won't heal them. Sorry!
Carrots aren't going to give you your own personal night-vision, but they do help to prevent macular degeneration, which eventually leads to blindness. So get chewing!