A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
People believe all kinds of stupid crap, stuff that doesn’t really make any sense but somehow gets passed around as absolute truth. Mostly these things are harmless, like poinsettias are poison or bananas grow on trees, but sometimes they get a lot more traction than that and start causing trouble. For example, here are a few “facts” that don’t have a lick of evidence to support them, but people believe they are the key to a healthy life.
You should drink 8 glasses of water every day. There is absolutely no evidence to support this myth. Think about it! Why eight? How big are the glasses? Can you drink them all in the morning and take the rest of the day off? What happens if you drink nine? Do you OD and start swimming upstream?
Smoothies are healthy. Not necessarily. If you make your own, you’ve got a fighting chance (depending on how much chocolate sauce you use) but if you buy them commercially, you’re getting sugar – lots of sugar. That’s why they taste so good.
Salt is bad for you. Wrong! Banishing salt from your diet can hurt you just as much as eating too much. Here’s the deal: use your head! There’s no need to be a sodium evangelist, but you shouldn’t flash the salt shaker around like maracas, either.
Low-Fat is a healthy alternative. If you eat like Henry VIII, maybe, but regular people need a certain amount of fat in their diet. The other thing to remember is stuff that’s labelled Low-Fat is only low-fat by comparison. Compared to what, you ask? Good question!
You need to walk 10,000 steps a day. Once again, there is no evidence to support this. However, unlike most modern myths, this one actually has an origin. One of the slogans to promote fitness before the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo was Manpo-kei which, literally translated, means 10,000 steps. Somehow, it got morphed into a fitness fact.
Energy drinks are healthy. Not even close. Read the label/do the math. They’re loaded with enough sugar to qualify them as junk food. Plus, there have to be some serious chemicals in there to turn the liquid you’re drinking bright blue, or neon green.
Organic food is chemical free. No it isn’t. First of all, on our planet, the wind blows, and very few organic farms are hermetically sealed. Secondly, there are all kinds of chemicals that are allowed in “certified organic” food; it’s just that nobody mentions them. And finally, “organic” is a term that has a slippery definition, so slapping it on a label doesn’t mean much.