Internet Food Rumors: Fact or Fiction?

They are in your inbox, on your Facebook feed and all over the Internet. Separate fact from fiction with this guide!

Internet Food Rumors: Fact or Fiction?

They are in your inbox, on your Facebook feed and all over the Internet. From sounding the alarm on toxins to revealing secrets to a healthy diet, questionable advice is everywhere. Separate fact from fiction with this handy guide to Internet food rumors.

Insects in Yogurt

Rumor: Berry-flavored yogurts are colored with crushed insects.

Fact! Some berry-flavored yogurts get their lovely pink hue from crushed cochineal insects. The color is extracted from dried bugs and processed into a dye that is added to your food. Gross as this may seem at first, the dye is safe to eat.

However, if you'd prefer to avoid insects altogether, avoid yogurts with the words "carmine" or "cochineal extract" on the label.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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