The old wives of the world have been telling their tales for years without consequence, but this year we confronted their misinformation in our weekly debunking of common health myths. Does wearing a hat really cause baldness? Does cracking your knuckles actually lead to arthritis? Can you ever catch up on missed sleep? Some of the answers may surprise you. Click through to get to the bottom of this year's top 15 health myths.
Top 15 Health Myths of 2012
Is It Really Healthier to Eat Several Smaller Meals a Day?
For the longest time, nutritionists sold millions of us on the idea that the body's metabolism is like a fire that requires fuel to keep burning. From this theory came the notion of grazing—that instead of eating three meals a day, one should eat a series of smaller meals to continually stoke the body's blaze. Well, the fire theory has been proverbially doused by a legit study published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism.