If you step on a crack, odds are, you won’t break your mama’s back. Yep, there are plenty of old wives’ tales out there that have long been debunked by science — your body really doesn’t take years to digest gum — or reason — even if your eyes are twitching, you probably won’t come into a pile of riches. But let’s give our ancestors a little credit, shall we? Indeed, there are some old wives’ tales that are totally, completely real. Click through to read more about them.
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1. Carrots are Good for the Eyes.
Sure, carrots may not help you see better in the dark — they’re not magical! What carrots will do, however, is help you maintain your eyesight overall. How’s that? Well, carrots are chock full of vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for eye health.
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2. Wear a Hat When It’s Chilly to Stay Warm.
It’s certainly wise to bundle up as much as possible when it’s cold outside, but are hats really more essential than over items of clothing? Yes, but not exactly for the reason given in that famous old wives’ tale: that more heat is lost through your head than the rest of your body. What is true, though, is that your head is more sensitive to the cold than much of the rest of your body, giving you the illusion that wearing a hat keeps you significantly warmer.