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Friday, August 15, 2014

Strongest Muscle

Fact or Fiction?: The Tongue Is the Strongest Muscle in the Body

Is this agile appendage as brawny as people believe?
little girl with tongue sticking out

Credit: Johan Larsson via Flickr
It can bend, it can twist, it can suck, it can cup. The tongue is an essential, often playful part of human anatomy. Many of us grew up believing the assertion that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body. But is it really?
The short answer is no. But the explanation is not as straightforward as you’d think. We asked a few tongue experts (yes they do exist) why the myth has been so easy to swallow.
Or maybe it’s not about force at all, but rather about overall work done in the course of a lifetime. By that measure, the hardest working muscle in your body is the one that’s pump-pump-pumping 24/7 to keep your blood flowing round and round, including to all the other muscles: your heart./.../

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