Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

10 Complete Falsehoods About Food

Lots More Information


Electricity-free Fridge Could Change Millions of Lives

Electricity-free Fridge Could Change Millions of Lives

A company called Evaptainers has made a fridge that runs on sun and water and could have a huge impact on food spoilage. Learn more at HowStuffWorks.

Author's Note: 10 Complete Falsehoods about Food

Before researching this article, I was one of the many who believed a number of food falsehoods -- eight glasses of water a day, no eating at midnight -- were reality. In fact, some of them have been part of my daily ritual for years. I'm not entirely sure I'll stop counting how many ounces of water I sip each day or that I'll stop relying on olive oil to be the better cooking choice, but the research I've uncovered has definitely changed my perspective. And every time I add pale-colored vegetables to my plate, I'll probably give myself a little nod, knowing they're just as good (sometimes better) for me than their brightly colored cousins.

Related Articles


  • Bellenir, Karen. "Fact or Fiction? You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily." (Nov. 6, 2012).
  • Burpee. "Nutritional Guide." (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Dalessio, Jaimie. "Got High Cholesterol? Yes, You can Eat Eggs." Feb. 13, 2012. (Nov. 6, 2012)
  • Erway, Cathy. "Food, Glorious Food Myths." March 20, 2009. (Nov. 1, 2012) The New York Times.
  • Fit Day. "Why Do Women Crave Chocolate?" (Nov. 6, 2012)
  • Fuhrman, Talia. "It's About Time The Olive Oil Myth Was Laid to Rest." Jan. 30, 2012. (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Fulton, April. "FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Kids' Behavior." (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Gardner, Amanda. "Nine Food Additives That May Affect ADHD." (Nov. 1, 2012) Health.,,20439038,00.html
  • Katz, David. "Can Olive Oil Stand the Heat?" September 2009. (Nov. 1, 2012) Oprah.
  • Leong, Kristie. "Why a Short Workout is More Effective." Nov. 6, 2008. (Nov. 6, 2012) Health Mad.
  • Mikkelson, Barbara. "Coca-Cola Dissolves Teeth." May 21, 2011. (Nov. 1, 2012) Snopes.
  • Mikkelson, Barbara. "Eight Glasses of Water a Day." Dec. 31, 2005. (Nov. 1, 2012) Snopes.
  • Novick, Jeff. "Dispelling the Myths About Olive Oil." (Nov. 1, 2012) Eat Right America.
  • Nutrition and You. "Vegetable Nutrition Facts."
  • O'Connor, Anahad. "Myth Busting: Are Six Small Meals Better Than Three Big Ones?" March 24, 2010. (Nov. 6, 2012) Sun Sentinel.
  • Oprah. "How Oprah Does it All." September 2001. (Nov. 2, 2012)
  • Pittman, Genevra. "Organic Food No More Nutritious Than Non-Organic." NBC. Sept. 4, 2012. (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Produce for Better Health Foundation. "Phytochemical Info Center." (Nov. 6, 2012)
  • Stefanov, Sebastian. "The Truth About Eggs." (Nov. 1, 2012) Ask Men.
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. "Does Eating Late at Night Make You Fat?" (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Warner, Jennifer. "The Sugar-Hyperactivity Myth." Web MD. Jan. 31, 2005. (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Wurtman, Judith. "Chocolate, Depression and PMS." Huffington Post. Aug. 27, 2010. (Nov. 1, 2012)

More to Explore