Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn’t print

Every day of your life you are taught a whole host of preconceived ideas about the body, about nature, about life or even about the functioning of international monetary systems. It allows you to question yourself and progress both mentally and spiritually. Well, we also learn every day that we believed a lot of false things. Only, even with lots of beautiful, very clear explanations, there are received ideas that we still can’t let go of. We may know that they are false, we can not stop believing in them. To believe that we are a little stupid.

1. “Mosquitoes are attracted to light”

We’ve read it everywhere in scientific articles: no, mosquitoes are not attracted to light. In fact, they detect our body’s CO2 emissions, our perspiration and our smell (as evidenced by this top tricks that make you attract mosquitoes). Nothing to do with light, then. Yet, despite this, we continue to refuse to open the window at night with a light on in the room. Because, deep down inside us, we continue to be convinced that this mosquito garbage is magnetized by our light bulbs like a young teenager attracted by the models in the La Redoute catalogs.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

2. “Catching Cold”

In recent years, we have been trying to deconstruct the myth that we “catch cold”. Because yeah, it’s wrong, we don’t catch cold. The cold is neither a virus nor a bacterium. The thing is, it’s just that when it’s cold the viruses are stronger and we pile up in closed places where they circulate more easily. But even knowing that, we continue to believe that if we caught angina it’s because we spent an hour outside without a scarf. We don’t want to accept the truth.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

3. “Sunscreen prevents tanning”

In reality, sunscreen does not prevent tanning at all, it slows down tanning but makes it safer (and more durable, it seems) than a tan without any protection. Which does not prevent us, every summer, from leaving “Ah no today I don’t put on cream, I don’t want to look like Christine from accounting when I get home… but yes, you know, the one who is all pale there, it looks like she’s fell in bleach when she was little. » We will never be changed.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

4. “Drinking water lowers alcohol levels in the body”

Drinking water between each glass of alcohol is very good to fight against dehydration (because yes, alcohol dehydrates), but it does not affect the blood alcohol level at all. Does this info prevent us from drinking 1L of water in the middle of the evening hoping to be less drunk? No way.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

5. “Don’t bathe right after eating”

The dangerous thing is to go into the water suddenly when our body is hot and the water is cold. The risk is hydrocution. But it has nothing to do with having eaten. Even if digestion slightly increases the body’s temperature, you just need to get into the water little by little or douse yourself with a little fresh water before taking a dip in the gun to avoid thermal shock. However, there will always be someone to give us a shout. “Hey ho guys, we wait 2 hours before swimming”and always someone to listen.

6. “Shaving makes hair grow”

We’ve been telling you for a long time: no, shaving your beard won’t make it grow back faster or fuller. At the limit, it gives the impression that the hair is thicker because it grows back with a less “sharp” end. That’s all. But do we keep shaving thinking it’s going to give us a hipster beard? Of course.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

7. “Fruit juice is good for your health”

Let’s be clear: the vast majority of bottled fruit juices are just sugar juices with very few vitamins in them. The nutrient content of this stuff is just completely fucked up. We still continue to use huge glasses of orange juice with breakfast in the morning thinking that it will boost us, when it just boosts us for 1 hour because we have just taken a huge shot of sugar . Here, speaking of breakfast…

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

8. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

This idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day comes from the grain lobbies. Brands like Kellogg’s had sponsored studies that proved this theory, but we’ve known for a while that this is all rubbish and nonsense. In reality, you can totally do without breakfast and be in very good health, which will not prevent some people from never giving up and continuing to persuade themselves that eating sandwiches in the morning will ensure they have the peach all day. It is true that it is very tempting to say that. It’s comforting, even.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

9. “You have to take a cool shower when you’re hot”

We recently uncovered it for you again in the top on counter-intuitive health tips: the cold shower only cools down immediately, but it forces the body to increase its temperature in a second step, which is therefore a bit weak during a heat wave. But no matter how much we give lessons, do you really think we stop taking cold showers at home when we’re hot? No, because we are stupid too.

Top 10 known received ideas that we continue to believe, it doesn't print

10. “Alcohol warms you up”

What we all normally know today is that alcohol initially warms up and then, on the contrary, cools the body. Very bad lease when it’s cold outside. But even knowing that, many of us like to drink alcohol in winter to face the cold. And the worst part is that it seems to work. Until we peel our loaves to the power of 10.

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