By M. W. Byrne

14 Science Myths We Need to Start Ignoring

In this morass of white noise it can be tough to tell truth from fiction, facts from stories, and know what we need to listen to. There’s a lot of myths out there. Here’s just a few tall “scientific” tales that need to be debunked.

The Tryptophan in Turkey Makes You Sleepy

Cheddar cheese has far more tryptophan than turkey, but a plate of nachos isn’t likely to make you drowsy, unless you eat a ton of them. 


Organic Foods Are Free of Pesticides

They aren’t without pesticides, organic farmers merely use different, naturally-derived pesticides, some of which are worse for your food and the environment than the ones made in a lab.


Organic Foods Are Healthier

Nearly every edible food has been altered and re-altered since humankind learned about agriculture, so you’re not getting closer to “nature” just because something is organic.


Natural Sugars Are Better For Your Body Than Synthetic

High fructose corn syrup – the demon of the nutritional world – does exactly the same thing to your body as honey or raw sugar. 


Milk Is Good For You

Milk doesn’t do anything negative to your body, at worst it adds large quantities of fat and additional sugars into your diet, which can lead to problems such as obesity, heart disease, and hypertension.


Sugar Is As Bad As Cocaine

Dr. Robert Lustig spearheaded this piece of misinformation in his book “Fat Chance” published in 2009. He said that sugar triggered the reward system the same way as alcohol, heroin, cocaine, sex, and even methamphetamines. He was quickly debunked by the scientific community who pointed out that the studies he used to come to this conclusion didn’t actually show any signs of addiction to sugar.