Most of the “old wives’ tales” that your elder folks used to tell you about have turned out to be false. However, there are also a handful of them which can’t be that far from the truth — in fact, some of them are even scientifically proven!
1. Full moon
Science has yet to prove that a full moon makes you a wacko. But more often than not, a lot of us would find ourselves finding it hard to sleep during a full moon, despite drawn curtains.
2. A long labor means it’s a baby boy!
According to one study (which conducted over 8,000 births), it concluded that babies who give long, intense and troublesome labors must be male babies.
One possible cause for this is their size. Newborn males are generally bigger and chubbier than newborn females. In particular, boys are born with bigger heads, so the delivery must require more effort and extra care.
3. Hot baths damage men’s fertility
This ages-ago advice does have science to back it up: A 2007 scientific study concludes that something called as “wet heat exposure” does decrease a man’s sperm count. So skip that sexy jacuzzi moment in your honeymoon if you and your partner plan to conceive.
4. Carrots do help improve your eyesight
We’ve heard all those debunking superstitions. Those include the one that refutes the power of carrots — that Bugs Bunny’s favorite snack isn’t helping your eyesight at all. Actually, carrots do help improve your eyesight — but hold it, don’t stuff yourself with carrots all of a sudden. Sure, carrots have beta-carotene — which produces vitamin A — but its benefits are merely: to keep a good eyesight, to improve your night vision somewhat, and to prevent the chances of contracting cataracts. They won’t make your peepers super-sharp at all.
5. Oily fish is good for the brain
It is a known fact that the fattier the fish, the more oily it is. And the oilier the fish, the greater amount its omega-3 acids. It’s so common now that a lot of people aren’t aware that it was actually once an old wives’ tale. A recent scientific study concludes that omega-3 acids are thought to increase brain volume, so if you need to boost your brain cells, start a fishy diet!
6. Chicken soup as a cure for colds?
The usual food that we take whenever we suffer from common colds is a bowl of hot chicken soup. This old wives’ tale is actually scientifically proven. While a chicken soup doesn’t cure you completely of the common cold, it somewhat helps in driving away its symptoms. According to a scientific research, a chicken soup has anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Maybe mom was right all along — when you catch a cold, have a bowl of chicken soup and you will get better.
7. Honey does suppress cough
Honey has demulcent properties — Winnie the Pooh’s favorite snack soothes the irritation of the mucous membrane, which includes the respiratory parts of your body. A recent study has even proven that honey is more effective in suppressing coughs and colds than a cough syrup is. So when your grandmother once told you to add honey and lemon to your tea whenever you suffer a terrible cough, follow her advice seriously.
8. Cheese gives you weird dreams
If you’re often experiencing bizarre dreams and even some nightmares recently, most likely you have thrived on a cheesy diet. It used to be a superstition, but now there’s science to prove it: the fungal and bacterial properties of cheese contain ingredients which have the potential to affect you mentally, giving rise to some weird dreams. But don’t worry — not all dreams as a result of eating cheesy stuff will be frightening. So go on, enjoy your cheesy pizza when you can!