1. The Myth: You Should Avoid Chicken And Seafood After Surgery
According to traditional Chinese medicine, chicken and seafood should be avoided after surgery because they affect wound healing. However, according to a post on SingHealth’s HealthXChange, there is little evidence to support this claim.
As chicken and seafood are generally high in protein, consuming them after surgery could help to strengthen the body’s immune system. This is especially important as surgery can stress the body out and deplete it of much needed nutrients.
Good news chocolate lovers! This myth has long been debunked. For decades, chocolate has been blamed for the breakouts on the faces of teenagers and as kids, we were told that eating too much chocolate is “heaty”.
Despite this, chocolate has received a clean bill of health according to VeryWell Health and is perfectly fine to consume in moderation — even when you’ve got acne. Healthline says it is more likely the sugar in the chocolate bar that is to be blamed, rather than the cocoa itself.
3. The Myth: Swallowed Chewing Gum Stays In Your Stomach For Seven Years
First of all, we’re not entirely sure how this myth came about and why the number seven of all numbers.
If there’s one thing we know though, is that this is not true. While it’s true that your stomach cannot break down chewing gum the way it does with regular food, your intestines are actually able to move gum along so it will come out through regular bowel movement.
4. The Myth: Eating Soya Sauce Will Cause Scarring
Just like the myth about eating chicken and seafood after surgery, soya sauce too has been on the list of banned foods after surgery. People are generally told to avoid soya sauce because it might darken scabs and in turn, leave a scar. This myth has been debunked by both TCM and Western medicine practitioners.
However, scratching and bumping your wound will lead to scarring.
5. The Myth: Eating Butter Before Drinking Could Help Reduce The Effects Of A Hangover
So there is some truth to this myth. While eating butter itself before drinking might just make you sick, eating greasy foods with cheese and butter could help to absorb alcohol. These greasy foods provide a sort of inner lining to prevent the effects of a hangover the next day.