- Women: If you have intense pain in your jaw, it might just be a heart attack. This actually just happened to a dear friend a few weeks ago, so unfortunately I know first-hand how true this is. In fact, you might never even have chest pain. Jaw pain: Call your doctor immediately.
- Don't drink cold water after eating, because the water will solidify the oily stuff you've just consumed, which slows digestion. I won't go into any more detail, but this very long message ends with the fact that this eventually will lead to cancer. I checked it out on Snopes.com, which calls this "claptrap," one of my favorite words. My mom always used it when she saw through one of my "stories," aka lies!
- Never eat fruit after a meal. Another "not true" from Snopes! I first learned this bit of insanity from the Diamonds in "Fit for Life," which also advocated food combining to lose weight. Suzanne Somers' resurrected this idea in her diet book, which yes, I am now publicly admitting I bought. I am so not proud of this fact, and it was a waste of money, but some of the recipes were not bad. But back to the fruit-after-a-meal: There is nothing unhealthful about eating fruit before, during or after a meal. Go ahead and combine it all you want, which is a good thing since my favorite lunch is chicken salad with a diced apple. Yes, fruit will digest more quickly if you eat it alone, but contrary to that e-mail, it will not rot in your stomach if you eat it with other foods.
Thank you Snopes!