You’ve been told them countless times. And you are probably even passing down some of the old wives tales that your parents told you to your own kids. Turns out – some of the little white lies you were told as kids are actually true. Here are a few that have been scientifically proven.

Old wives tales have been around for centuries and are usually pertaining to medical advice. A lot of old wives tales involve pregnancy, labour, minor ailments and health. So which ones are true?

Carrots will help you see in the dark. 

Eat your carrots – they will help you see in the dark. Well, turns out, this is actually true. Carrots include beta-carotene, which helps produce vitamin A, a key ingredient in a healthy, functioning eye. They can slightly improve your night vision but they are certainly not going to turn you into a cat.

A hot bath is bad for sperm.

Hey ladies. Ditch the hot spas if you want another bub. Apparently, hot water does decrease the sperm count.

Counting sheep will help you fall asleep.

It doesn’t have to be sheep but, yes, counting is an excellent form of relaxation and mindfulness that can help you drift off to dream land. So count sheep. Or ducks. Or whatever else you fancy.

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Drinking is the best cure for a hangover. 

You’ve heard of the hair of the dog and turn out, having another drink can alleviate the symptoms of a hangover.  Research has shown that consuming small doses of alcohol can actually relieve alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Cheese causes weird dreams. 

Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Scientists confirm that it is the bacterial and fungal elements of cheese that can cause the peculiar dreams. A study, conducted by the British Cheese Board, suggests that it is true that you can have odd dreams after eating cheese at night. However, it’s hard to really believe any study done by a Cheese Board. Something smelly a bit cheesy with this one….

Chocolate is good for PMS.

Studies suggest that chocolate contains nutrients and antioxidants such as anandamide, which can have a calming effect, and keep anxiety and moods in balance.

A long labour means a boy.

Turns out, boys are more of a pain in the, well, uterus, than girls are.  A 2003 Irish study found that women who give birth to baby boys are more likely to run into complications during labour, resulting in a higher number of emergency caesareans.

Turns out, our parents weren’t lying to us the entire time…