7 Habits That Look Healthy But Are Not

If you're the type who cares about your own health and often adopts healthy habits and disposes of the unhealthy, be smart: maybe some of those habits aren't exactly healthy - at least not the way you do. I wondered.

Business Insider has put together some practices adopted by many people who believe they are doing their best, but who, however, are not very scientifically based or simply false. Check out:

1 - Use toilet protectors

Many people believe that putting protective film on public toilet toilets is a hygienic measure. The truth is that this type of material has been developed to reduce the risk of contamination, but viruses such as HIV and herpes do not live long in environments such as a bathroom - they prefer warmer, warmer places like the human body. Also, rest assured: Human skin is effective at protecting us from bacteria in public toilets.

2 - Do not consume monosodium glutamate

This substance is the one present in some types of seasoning powder. Thanks to a series of flicks made over the last decade, we believe this food is bad for our health and gives us a feeling of weakness and dizziness. In fact, what causes us this discomfort is overeating.

3 - Stop using the microwave

A lot of people believe that microwaves are not the best way to prepare foods because they lose their nutritional value. The truth is that every cooking process lessens the nutrient load of food, and the microwave does no more or less harm than electric or gas ovens.

4 - Use hand sanitizers

Let them throw the first pot of alcohol gel who do not believe or never believed that these products are capable of leaving us totally free of bacteria harmful to the human body. The truth is that these sanitizers are as effective as ordinary soaps and are not even able to eliminate pathogens such as norovirus and bacillus Clostridium difficile .

5 - Taking multivitamins without medical indication

Many people believe that taking multivitamin pills is a great idea and that ensures better health. The truth is that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables already satisfies the need for vitamins that our body has. This type of supplement is indicated for people who have some kind of vitamin deficiency due to low absorption, pregnancy, blood loss and other factors. When in doubt, seek help from a nutritionist or an endocrinologist.

6 - Eat only low fat foods

It is important that you take care of your diet, and lowering your fat intake can help you lose weight. However, an eight-year study based on the diet of more than 50, 000 women found that a low-fat diet does not reduce the risk of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and heart disease. It is best to maintain a diet rich in healthy fats, such as those in nuts and avocados - these do improve our heart health.

7 - Stay longer standing

It is not by now that we hear that spending long periods sitting is bad for your health, which is precisely why some people use adaptive desks in their offices so that they are able to work even while standing. Getting up makes us spend more calories, of course, but that doesn't mean you have to spend all the time standing - the trick is to go around for a few minutes after every hour sitting.

* Posted on 3/14/2017