Truth or Tale: Old Wives’ Tales Put to the Test!

Mom is always full of tips to keep you safe, happy and healthy – and many of her recommendations have been passed down for generations. But some of these health adages are nothing more than urban legends. Dr. Oz put the most common old wives’ tales under the microscope to find out if they’re fact or fiction. From stress causing graying hair to not swimming after you eat to the link between spicy foods and ulcers and more – learn the truth about the advice you’ve grown up with!

Spicy Foods & Ulcers

Spicy Foods & Ulcers
Spicy-food lovers rejoice! Although spicy dishes may irritate preexisting ulcers, they won’t cause new ones. This old wives’ tale likely originated because many people mistake the burning they get after eating spicy foods for ulcers. This hot sensation is a natural result of consuming the ingredient capsaicin. If you feel painful burning, you may be suffering from heartburn or acid reflux. Ulcers are caused by the bacteria h. pylori or from taking NSAIDS like ibuprofen or aspirin over a long period of time – they’re not triggered by foods with a spicy kick.

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