Old Wives’ Tale No. 1: Eat a Tomato to Help Prevent Sunburn
Shutterstock While there is truth to this statement, you can’t scarf down a bowl of spaghetti in lieu of applying sunscreen. Still, studies show that the lycopene in tomatoes serves as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from pollution, sun damage, and premature aging. According to Michigan Medicine at The University of Michigan, taking 6 milligrams daily of a lycopene supplement from a tomato extract will protect the skin from prolonged exposure to the sun. Eating fresh tomatoes is also good for you. But for the biggest skin and health boost, cook tomatoes in pasta sauce, pizza or in any of these Taste of Home recipes. Heating and processing increase lycopene’s benefits by 400 percent. And always wear sunscreen. You also need to stop believing these food poisoning myths.
Old Wives’ Tale No. 2: Oats Help Soothe Bug Bites
Shutterstock Walk through the skin-care aisle of any drugstore and you’ll find a slew of moisturizers that list oatmeal as the main ingredient. That’s because oats contain phenols and other antioxidants that help calm irritation, lower inflammation and relieve itching. So, yes, this old wives’ tale is true. You can rub oats on your bites with abandon, either using a store-bought cream or by creating your own easy home remedy. Just mix oatmeal with water to create a thick paste, slather it on those mosquito bites and relax. And while you’re at it, bake up a batch of Oatmeal Jam Squares or Fudgy Oat Brownies, because oats are healthy in foods, as well as…um…on your skin.