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November 05, 2018

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There are many things that are true, and many things that people just believe are true.

For example; we all know that going out in the cold with a wet head will make you sick, but in numerous studies addressing the topic, people who are chilled are no more likely to get sick than those who were not. And a wet or dry head makes no difference.

What other "facts" do we all know to be true which really aren't?

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Today's Random Fact:

Sugar makes kids go crazy.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a review of 23 studies on the subject of kids and sugar, the conclusion: Sugar doesn't affect behavior. And it's possible that it is the idea itself that is so ingrained as fact that it affects our perception.
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Cholesterol in eggs is bad for the heart.

The perceived association between dietary cholesterol and risk for coronary heart disease stems from dietary recommendations proposed in the 1960s that had little scientific evidence, other than the known association between saturated fat and cholesterol and animal studies where cholesterol was fed in amounts far exceeding normal intakes. Since then, study after study has found that dietary cholesterol (the cholesterol found in food) does not negatively raise your body's cholesterol. It is the consumption of saturated fat that is the demon here. So eat eggs, don't eat steak.