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Don't be fooled! Here are some top health myths set straight.

Deodorant can cause breast cancer. There is no valid research that proves a relationship between deodorant use and breast cancer.

Eggs are bad for your heart. Rumor has is that eating eggs leads to heart disease. Eating up to two eggs per day is safe for most populations. The real truth is that eggs can provide a health and cost-effective, "clean" protein.

You can catch a cold by being cold. Cold viruses are caught by being near others who are infected. Being cold can sometimes reduce your immune system which could make it more likely you'll catch the virus.

Cracking your knuckles, or other joints, can lead to arthritis. Not really. The sound your joint makes when it's cracking is actually bubbles in your synovial fluid that form between the joints shifting under pressure.

Nuts are the best "diet food". Nuts are a terrific snack, and can be healthy as long as you don't overdo it. They may have a good dose of "healthy fat" but just 23 almonds, on serving, has about 162 calories and 14 grams of fat. Choose 22 cashews and you're up to 200 calories.

It's OK to follow the "5-second rule". It turns out bacteria can contaminate food within milliseconds, so there is really no "safe" time frame for how long something is on the floor. The safety depends on how clean the surface that the food drops on is. You decide whether to risk it or not.

The flu shot can make you sick. Not true. The flu vaccine is "killed" before you get it, therefore it is not infectious and will not cause you to get sick. If you experience symptoms, you may have been infected prior to getting the vaccine and it going into effect. And, you may notice tenderness where the shot was given.

Taking a daily vitamin keeps you healthy. Multi-vitamins are not a quick fix for better health and disease risk prevention. The one exception is folic acid supplements for women who plan or are pregnant. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and maintaining healthy weight is the best way to reduce health risk.

Coconut oil is the best choice. Maybe for your hair and skin, but the truth is, is that coconut oil is high in saturated fatty acids, which are linked to heart disease and high cholesterol.

1. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet

2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321697.php

3. https://www.sciencealert.com/24-health-facts-that-are-actually-completely-wrong

4. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm

5. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/is-there-really-any-benefit-to-multivitamins

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