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Biggest health myths busted

Published on: Monday, 1st June 2009 00:00 AM     By      Administrator

To read the complete list of Myths visit: Yahoo 

Recently scientists have debunked the biggest health myths that have existed until now, reports The Mirror and the myths and truths are:

1. Myth: Eating carbs makes you fat

Truth: According to the Food Standards Agency, starchy foods only become fattening when actual fat, such as cream or margarine, is added. Carbs contain less than half the calories of fat and tend to be more filling - making you less likely to overeat.

2. Myth: You need to drink eight glasses of water a day

Truth: Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found not a single study to back this up. Excessive amounts of water can actually be dangerous, even fatal. Most people only need 750ml to one litre and can get this from juice, tea, coffee... or beer.

3. Myth: Sit-ups shift a pot belly

"Even 100 sit-ups a day will do nothing to get rid of the layer of fat on your tummy, only cardiovascular exercise - the type that gets you out of breath - can shift body fat," said fitness expert Nicola Botton.

4. Myth: Pregnant women should eat for two

Truth: Two out of five women admit to believing this myth, according to SMA Nutrition. But they only need an extra 200 calories a day - equal to two slices of bread - and even then, only in the last three months.

To read the complete list of Myths visit: Yahoo (source :Yahoo)