Outdated Women's Health Myths to Stop Believing Right Now
New research has shattered some of our most closely held beliefs.
The Myth: Cranberry juice cures your urinary tract infection
The strategy isn't totally (sorry!) fruity. Cranberries contain substances—such as quinic acid, malic acid and citric acid—that can prevent infection-causing bacteria such as E. coli from sticking to the walls of the bladder
. But if you already have symptoms (e.g., burning and itching), that means there's too much bacteria in your bladder and kidneys for the berries alone to wash out, remove or destroy
. As for protecting you from future UTIs: A recent review of 24 studies and 4,473 participants concluded that the benefits of cranberries have been overstated and that drinking the juice or taking supplements hasn't been shown to make a significant difference in prevention
. Instead, think about...chicken: A high percentage of packaged raw chicken has been found to be contaminated with the kind of E.coli
that can cause UTIs in humans.