Here is the shocking truth behind 'an apple a day'

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11 Health Facts You May Believe but Aren't True

Byline: Patrick Jones

There is a lot of controversy surrounding different health facts you may have heard since you were a child.

While some facts hold true, there are many myths circulating as truth.

So, what's real and what's not?

First of all, it turns out that sitting too close to your TV isn't actually all that bad for your eyes. While it can eventually strain and burn your eyes to sit up too close, the damage isn't permanent.

Also, despite what your mother may have told you to prevent you from choking on your gum, swallowing it doesn't actually cause it to stay in your system for seven years.

Gum will digest just like any other food you consume.

It may also be time to call out your uncle who always tries to leave Thanksgiving dinner early. Tryptophan in the turkey isn't what's making him tired, that's just an old myth.

To be affected by the tiring effects of tryptophan, you would likely need to eat multiple whole turkeys. It might just be that extra glass of wine making him tired.

While you're busting food myths, it's time someone told you organic food doesn't necessarily indicate more nutrition. Organic mac and cheese is in no way better for you than a non-organic apple.

While we're talking apples, it's important to note that an apple a day doesn't always keep the doctor away. Change it up when you're choosing your fruit!

Ensuring that you're eating fruit and vegetables is also a better way to prevent a cold than simply staying warm. It's simply not true that you can get sick from being cold, or going outside with wet hair.

It all has to do with germs and their effect on your immune system! Getting in more vitamins can help with that more than a blanket.

However, as good as carrots may be for you, they don't have the ability to give you night vision.

Eating the right foods can really just support functions your body already has, not fix them. So, probiotic yogurt won't actually put your digestive system back in order. If you've got a problem there, see a doctor!

Chances are your doctor can bust any other myths you may have when you go for a visit. There's just another reason to head to your annual visit!

Scroll through for more tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle:

10 nifty kitchen gadgets that make healthy eating easier
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10 nifty kitchen gadgets that make healthy eating easier

Food Huggers Silicone Storage Covers

This one falls under the category of "why didn't I think of this?" These silicone covers work great on fruits and veggies but also on opened containers. One reviewer even uses it to cover her cat food. There's also a separate shape for avocados!


Fusionbrands Silicone Food Pod Cooking Basket and Strainer

Steaming is one of the healthiest modes of cooking -- and this pod helps gather, remove and drain foods from boiling water or steam with ease. Use it on pastas, clams, oysters, potatoes, eggs and veggies.


Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

This Amazon #1 best seller turns veggies into noodles with ease. You won't know how you lived without a spiralizer all this time!

Looking for something a bit smaller? This handheld spiralizer from OXO is awesome, too!


OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Obsessed with avocado? Us too. But that doesn't mean that they are always easy to work with. This genius Amazon best seller "splits, pits and slices" safely and easily.


Quirky Ventu Multi-Purpose Strainer Colander Serving Bowl

A removable base allows you to transition easily from strainer to serving bowl and back again -- making it great for salads, fruit and other healthy options! We love a good two-in-one!


Kishu Binchotan Water Purifier Charcoals

If your new year's resolution is to drink more water, you'll want to give this unexpected product a try. These charcoals actually help purify tap water (and make water taste great!).


Quirky Mocubo Cutting Board

Sometimes the worst part of cutting veggies is transporting it to your plate, bowl or pan. That's why these drawers are so clutch! Just open a drawer and slide veggies (using your knife) right in.


Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator

Many believe there to be some great health benefits in drinking red wine (in moderation of course!) -- and whenever you reach for a bottle, use this aerator. It takes seconds to use (just hold it over your glass, and pour your wine through it), and it makes wine (cheap or expensive) taste even better.


Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale

Unlike most food scales, the Ozeri scale's super slim design won't be an eye sore in your kitchen. Food scales are truly game changing when it comes to portion control.


BlueAvocado Re-Zip Seal Volume Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bag Kit

Hate waste and want a higher performing plastic bag? This one's for you. These reusable bags are leak-proof, freezer safe and PVC, BPA and lead free.


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