Doctors Are Tired of Having to Bust these Medical Myths

Myth: Chocolate is an Aphrodisiac Truth: Although chocolates make a great gift for Valentine’s Day, don’t think they’ll get you some luck before the night is out. It… Trista - September 21, 2022

Myth: Chocolate is an Aphrodisiac

Truth: Although chocolates make a great gift for Valentine’s Day, don’t think they’ll get you some luck before the night is out. It has been a common misconception that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, meaning it can make you ready for sexy time after eating a few pieces. However, this isn’t the case at all. Studies have shown that chocolate has had no effect on the sexual response in men, and there is only preliminary evidence as to improved libido in women. However, there’s not enough information to go on.

Chocolate, in and of itself and in small moderation, can actually be pretty good for your health. Dark chocolate, in particular, has been known to lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation, and reduce the risk of clotting. So a little bit every day can work wonders for your health. Just as long as you’re not indulging in too much every day, because there is a lot of sugar and calories in chocolate, so you can make all the beneficial properties not worth it.


Myth: Eating Breakfast Helps You To Lose Weight

Truth: Having breakfast in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism so that it’s ready for the day but having breakfast doesn’t guarantee losing weight. It’s really dependent on the kind of breakfast that you have and what your metabolism is really like. Having breakfast can also help you to minimize your snacking throughout the day, but it’s not a guarantee that you’ll lose weight.

In fact, some studies have shown that some people who don’t eat breakfast tend not to overeat at lunch and dinner and actually ingest fewer calories during the day than those who eat breakfast. So it’s a personal choice to see what works for you when it comes to losing weight because not every plan will work for everyone.


Myth: “Starving Yourself” Can Be Effective for Weight Loss

Truth: After all, if you’re not taking in calories, you’re not gaining weight, right? It should be the easiest solution for hitting your target goal weight. Unfortunately, starving yourself can have the opposite effect of what you’re looking for. As the body starts to get hungry, it starts to hold on to the calories and fat you do have left. The body uses it for fuel to maintain the body’s other functions. That means that it’s going to hold on to a certain weight for a longer time.

That means when you’ve hit your goal and start eating again, the body will hold on to all that nutrition even harder. You body doesn’t want to endure another moment of starvation again, hence it holding onto nutrients. That’s why starvation or low-calorie diets don’t work at all. It’s much better to focus on eating a healthy diet with moderate exercise to help keep the weight off. 


Myth: Drinking Coffee Can Stunt Your Growth

Truth: Coffee does not contain chemicals that will diminish your height as you grow older. Your genetics entirely determines your height, and coffee is not strong enough to change your genes. It’s unclear where this old myth came from, but people probably used it as a scare tactic to stop children from trying to drink coffee.

Otherwise, no scientific evidence shows that coffee will stunt your growth. The only medical condition coffee relates to is a slight increase in blood pressure. However, coffee addiction becomes a real thing if drunk in high quantities. In addition, you can have high blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, and an abnormal heartbeat, just to name a few of the symptoms. Limiting your coffee intake to no more than six cups a day is best.


Myth: You Need To Get Eight Hours of Sleep Every Night To Have Optimal Health

Truth: Although eight hours is a goal some people strive for, not everyone is the same. Some people feel well-rested after getting less sleep or require a lot more. It really depends on people’s personal metabolisms and the quality of sleep that they have. For example, if someone’s day has a lot of heavy work that makes them extremely tired, they might require a lot more sleep every night to feel energized the next day.

Everyone has a different circadian rhythm that determines optimal sleep time. It could be anywhere from six to nine hours, so always aiming for eight might not work for some people. Sleep should be treated like exercise and hydration: get enough so that you feel your best and don’t give yourself some unattainable goal that doesn’t make you feel healthy.