Have you ever been cornered in the office break room about the miracle vegetable that may or may not change your life and genetics?
Or maybe someone just. won’t. stop. telling you that you are over-paying on your brand name prescription drugs.
It’s taken me a while, but I’ve found that some lies are explicit, and some are good-natured. Here are a few things that countless people have tried to convince me are the same but aren’t.
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Texting and emailing is the same as calling.
You might think a text and a phone call serve the same purpose – communicating some facts. By my mom (and folks of her generation) are beginning to make it very clear that that’s not the case. Communication isn’t the same communication in every form.
Skim milk is the same as whole milk without the fat.
There’s a difference. And it’s not just fat. First, skim milk tastes gross. Sorry. And if you’re drinking enough milk for it to matter if it’s skim or 2%, you are drinking too much milk.
The fat proteins in whole, raw milk have enzymes that help your body break down the lactose and protein in whole milk. This is especially true for raw milk, which is oddly illegal to sell in most states. If you drink skim, you are getting basically water plus proteins, which is good for your MyFitnessPal food diary, but not for your gut.
Your car burns the same amount of gas at any speed.
If you speed, you consume more gas. If you run the AC, you consume more gas. For the first few years of our courtship, JHubbs was decidedly ignorant of this fact, so while he was prudent about the speed limit, he ran the AC like we were in Texas: full blast.
Generic prescriptions are the same as brand name.
There’s a difference. Or there wouldn’t be a difference. Know what I mean?
Here’s the deal: while the actual active ingredient within a brand name drug and generic drug itself is legally the same thing, generic producers generally do not have the same requirements when it comes to assembling, producing, and packaging a prescription the way that the name brand prescription does.
For example, the name brand thyroid medication you rely on to feel normal in a given day might be produced and assembled by a big-name parent company USA or Canada. The generic, on the other hand, to cut costs and bypass a few rules here and there, might take the legally-required raw ingredient, but assemble and produce it in less-regulated factories in Thailand or Mexico, countries not necessarily renowned for stringent standards and laws.
Bottom line: do your own research, and follow your own gut. And take the nay-sayers with a grain of salt.