Every day brings a new health study about something else we need to avoid if we want to live to 90, and they’re frequently things we used to think were OK: jogging, red meat, even VITAMINS, for goodness’ sake. And who knows what else we’ll be warned off in future, or whether people who eschew anti-perspirants will turn out to have been right all along. But what we DO know is that the seven things (from substances to behaviours) on this list are actually good for you – some of them all of the time, others in very specific circumstances, but all of them reasons to be cheerful.
OK, yes, Coke and other sugary drinks have been linked to everything from tooth erosion to high blood pressure, a drop in good cholesterol to metabolic syndrome – which is a precursor to heart disease and diabetes. No one’s suggesting it’s suddenly become a healthy treat you should enjoy freely. But in one particular case, it does have some fantastic health benefits. Bezoars are hard lumps in the stomach caused by undigested food. They cause pain, vomiting and diarrhoea and people usually need surgery to remove them. However, in a Greek study, drinking Coke melted the obstruction enough that 90% of participants avoided surgery. (And no, the Coca-Cola Company didn’t fund the research.)
Image via Mike Mozart’s Flickr.
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