Friday, April 06, 2007

4 Food Myths Under Attack!

Eggs don't raise your cholesterol, carbs don't make you fat, and you don't need eight glasses of water a day or multivitamins. So says Eastern Washington University exercise physiologist Wendy Repovich. Really?

According to
a report at CNN, Repovich dismantled these food myths at the American College of Sports Medicine fitness summit this week. Eggs raising cholesterol, for example. Yes, they have the "most concentrated amount of cholesterol in any food," but it's not enough to threaten your health. Moderation is really the key.

Heck, moderation is the key for pretty much the rest of the food myths Repovich debunked. Carbs won't make you fat, as long as you eat them in moderation. But you could say the same thing about (almost) any type of food.

You ought to moderate your water intake, too. Drinking too much water can lead to a condition called "hpyonatremia" where your body has an imbalance of sodium. Most importantly, Repovich reminds us that you get water from "other sources in the diet" -- like soup, fruit, too a small degree meat, and most anything else you eat. The rule I was given about drinking water back before the eight-glasses-a-day craze, when I was a wide-eyed high school student in physiology class, is this: drink enough so your urine is clear all day. Seriously.

As far as the vitamins, so long as you "eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, along with moderate amounts of a variety of low-fat dairy and protein," you're okay. Though Repovich admits she still takes a multi each morning.

Despite the fact that I eat tons of fruits, veggies and different proteins, I take a multi everyday. And I will continue to do so (pretty much) forever. Why? I think of it as insurance. In case there's some obscure nutrient that I'm not getting enough of, that's later proven to protect against some common disease, I'll be okay. I hope.

Don't buy that? How about the placebo effect? I (usually) feel (physically) great and don't get sick very much!

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