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Mom says…: The biggest childhood myths – FIT FOR FUN

As a child you hear the same sayings over and over again. These are the absolute classics – and that’s really what’s behind them.

  1. “Spinach Makes You Strong”
    This rumor is not, as one might think, due to the cartoon character Popeye, but to a small error of the German physiologist Gustav von Bunge. This calculated, completely correctly, an iron content of 35mg for 100g spinach – but unfortunately for dried spinach, which contains the nutrients up to 10 times concentrated. In comparison, fresh spinach contains only 3.5mg of iron per 100g, which is still quite good. Spinach is also particularly rich in magnesium and zinc and only has a slim 12Kcal per 100g. So there’s some truth to the saying “spinach makes you strong” – thanks mom.
  2. “You must never swallow gum.”
    In the past, if you accidentally swallowed chewing gum, there was a lot of screaming! “It’s poisonous and sticks to your stomach!” But is chewing gum really harmful? All clear! Chewing gum is broken down by stomach acid just like other foods and leaves our body in the usual way.
  3. “If you’ve eaten cherries, you shouldn’t drink water.”
    This rule is also a myth. Stomach pain after stone fruit is caused by fermentation processes in the stomach and has nothing to do with the water intake. The myth could have its origins in the time when drinking water was still heavily contaminated with bacteria and germs. Back then, yeast fungi in the water in particular often led to unpleasant stomach aches.
  4. “If you squint, your eyes will eventually stop.”
    This myth is really just a wives tale. Strabismus can have many causes, but they are all directly related to the physique of the organ of vision. Of course, when children roll their eyes for fun, they don’t risk the eye getting “scared” and simply stopping. However, the warning still had a side effect. It was a lot more fun to cheekily glare at his parents!
  5. “TV gives you square eyes.”
    Of course, watching TV doesn’t make your eyes square. Still, the warning from our concerned mothers is not unfounded. Sitting too close to the TV can promote myopia. Although nearsightedness is primarily genetic, watching TV from a short distance puts a lot of strain on the eyes. Adults feel this quickly through headaches or dry eyes. Children have a higher “pain threshold”. Therefore, it makes sense to keep an eye on the television consumption of the offspring.

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