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Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Health Everyday

FOR NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH, MenScience is spotlighting nutrition and debunking common diet and nutrition myths. Although you may not be eating much of anything for Good Friday - when you resume your regular diet - you'll want to know these nutrition facts!

1. Brown Sugar's Better than White - FALSE. Not so, it's a weight management myth. Brown sugar from grocery stores is just white sugar with molasses added. Sure, brown sugar has some more minerals, but the difference is so minute it's relatively insignificant. Consider using honey as a healthful alternative.

2. Avoid Carbs to Lose Weight - FALSE. The key message that many low-carb diets convey is that carbohydrates promote insulin production, which in turn results in weight gain. By thus reducing carbohydrate intake, it suggests that you automatically lose weight. Not so. Low carb diets force the body to begin burning stored carbohydrates (glycogen) as energy - when this happens - water is released. So you're not losing pounds, you're losing water weight. But they work! Yes, they do, because they're calorie restricted. As with any diet, consuming fewer calories results in weight loss. When dieting, and restricting calories, don't neglect nutrition - a great way to ensure you're getting all the vitamins you need is to take a supplement.

3. Fruits and Veggies are better Unfrozen - FALSE. They're probably about the same - it just depends on how fresh - not how frozen - they are. Unfrozen fruits and vegetables lose nutrient and antioxidant levels during shipping and storage, whereas frozen veggies are picked ripe and flash frozen to retain nutrients, but when being prepared, they often lose equally as man nutrients - so they're about the same. To make sure you get enough antioxidants from your fruits and vegetables, you might want to consider Advanced Antioxidants.

4. Pork Makes you Porky - FALSE. Okay, so gorging on fatty sausage or ribs can be fattening - but pork tenderloin has very few calories. The calories equate to a similar-sized chicken breast.

5. Drink Eight, Eight Ounce Glasses of Water Per Day - DEPENDS. Not so - as featured in our March MenScience Newsletter, your needs depend on your weight and activity level, so to determine yours, some experts recommend dividing your weight (in pounds) by two. The resulting number is how many ounces you need on a typical day (Ex. A 200 pound man needs about 100 ounces).


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