Health myths: 20 most common myths Brits believe – from ’pulling out’ to curing hangovers

For decades, health myths have influenced how Brits behave and what they buy. To find out what common health myths Brits believe the most, the Weight Loss Calculator team at Gigacalculator surveyed 2,424 British consumers. Here are the results.

The myths are ranked from most believed to least believed.

1. Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes – 62 percent

2. Eating before drinking keeps you sober – 55 percent

3. Low-fat foods are better for your health – 38 percent

4. Eating before bed makes you overweight – 33 percent


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5. You need to wait one hour after eating to swim – 26 percent

6. Eating too many carrots turns your skin orange – 24 percent

7. Hair and nails keep growing after death – 20 percent

8. ‘Pulling out’ is a form of contraception – 20 percent

9. Bottled water is better for you than tap – 19 percent

10. Sugar and chocolate are aphrodisiacs – 14 percent

11. Eating a lot of carrots gives you great night vision – 14 percent

12. You can cure a hangover by drinking more – 14 percent

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13. You can’t get pregnant on your period – 14 percent

14. Sperm is good for your skin – 14 percent

15. It takes 7 years to digest chewing gum – 12 percent

16. Wet hair causes colds – 12 percent

17. Cheese gives you nightmares – 12 percent

18. An apple a day keeps the doctor away – five percent

19. People get warts from frogs and toads – five percent

20. Coffee stunts your growth – two percent.

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