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11 Biggest Myths about Nutrition from io9.

I found some of it a bit confusing but a very interesting interesting article nonetheless. Just thought I'd share.
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trainer
Oh, how I could go on about the myths in nutrition....

It would not be too hyperbolistic to say "everything we know about nutrition is a myth...."

I mean, yes...that stretches the truth a bit to state that, but not by all that much [&:]



One of, if not my biggest pet-peeves in terms of myths relating to nutrition is this:


"X is bad for you!"



Okay...yes, there are things that you can ingest that are in fact, "bad for you"! They include things like arsenic, cyanide, drano, sulferic acid, etc, etc, etc.

But even then, your body can tolerate certain amounts of these substances....it truly is the old saying of "it's not the poison, but the dose that kills you!"

Example? Well, too much water, purified or otherwise, can indeed kill you. Too much water can lead to hyponatremia (or "water intoxication"), which can lead to a host of complications from heart arrhythmias, to swelling of the brain and other organs and resulting in death.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyponatremia

Of course, we don't really think of water as "bad" for us....but even as much as a gallon drunk in a short period (< 2hours while otherwise normally hydrated) can lead to death in some individuals. Of course, I'd exempt foods that one is allergic to, but then, there is another topic (allergies) I'd love to cover another day.......but I'm meandering....

While we think of foods such as cauliflower as being "healthy" and say "bacon double cheeseburgers" as being bad for us, I'll issue this challenge to anyone: You eat NOTHING BUT cauliflower and I'll eat NOTHING BUT bacon double cheeseburgers, and let's see who survives longer on each diet. I guarantee you it'll be me.

The short of it is this in relation to my pet-peeve: Virtually all of the foods we eat are not harmful in appropriate quantities, and virtually all of it harmfull in excessive or exclusive amounts. There really are no foods that are "bad" nor "good" for us. Get a good variety in moderate amounts and your diet will be "healthy."
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A gallon of water in less than 2 hours can lead to death in some people? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I find that really hard to believe. I feel like I could drink a gallon in less than 2 hours fairly easily if I tried. Of course, I would probably get a good portion of it back out before I finished it all, but still. I'm not going to try it if there's a risk of death, though haha. I'm assuming this is for small people? I'm in the 180-190 range, so I'm guessing it would take more?
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bhsblackhawks wrote:
A gallon of water in less than 2 hours can lead to death in some people? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I find that really hard to believe. I feel like I could drink a gallon in less than 2 hours fairly easily if I tried. Of course, I would probably get a good portion of it back out before I finished it all, but still. I'm not going to try it if there's a risk of death, though haha. I'm assuming this is for small people? I'm in the 180-190 range, so I'm guessing it would take more?

Looks like I'm in the exception group. I've done it before.
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bhsblackhawks wrote:
A gallon of water in less than 2 hours can lead to death in some people? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I find that really hard to believe. I feel like I could drink a gallon in less than 2 hours fairly easily if I tried. Of course, I would probably get a good portion of it back out before I finished it all, but still. I'm not going to try it if there's a risk of death, though haha. I'm assuming this is for small people? I'm in the 180-190 range, so I'm guessing it would take more?


My HS wrestling coach was also a drill sgt in the Army, and he said he almost had a kid die on him from drinking too much water.

Not sure on the amount/time frame though.
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http://www.nbcnews.com/id/16614865/ns/us_news-life/t/woman-dies-after-water-drinking-contest/


I heard this on the radio back when it happened. We used to have competitions. $100 to the first person who could drink a gallon of water in 15 minutes. No one ever won, we always ended up puking. After I heard that, we stopped that competition.
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bhsblackhawks
tylah10 wrote:
bhsblackhawks wrote:
A gallon of water in less than 2 hours can lead to death in some people? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I find that really hard to believe. I feel like I could drink a gallon in less than 2 hours fairly easily if I tried. Of course, I would probably get a good portion of it back out before I finished it all, but still. I'm not going to try it if there's a risk of death, though haha. I'm assuming this is for small people? I'm in the 180-190 range, so I'm guessing it would take more?


My HS wrestling coach was also a drill sgt in the Army, and he said he almost had a kid die on him from drinking too much water.

Not sure on the amount/time frame though.

I've definitely heard of it happening. I thought it would take more drastic amounts though.
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trickplayswingames wrote:
bhsblackhawks wrote:
A gallon of water in less than 2 hours can lead to death in some people? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I find that really hard to believe. I feel like I could drink a gallon in less than 2 hours fairly easily...

Looks like I'm in the exception group. I've done it before.


And I didn't say it was impossible to do []

trainer wrote:
but even as much as a gallon drunk in a short period (< 2hours while otherwise normally hydrated) can lead to death in some individuals.


Of course it can be done...like alcohol, larger individuals will tolerate more water than smaller individuals...and of course, your state of hydration when starting an attempt plays a large role too, as well as the amount of electrolytes in your system when you start.

It's just not a good idea to ever attempt...as the link above shows (hold your wee for a wii contest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDND#Hold_Your_Wee_for_a_Wii_controversy ). At the rate the contestants were initially getting water was a gallon every 4 hours...they increased the rate later in the contest after some had given up, but it's likely the woman involved drank less than a gallon in over 2 hours, and still suffered fatal consequences.

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elsmith4
A higher fat, and low-carb diet is in fact, extremely effective to lose fat. Your body naturally burns through carbohydrates, then fats, then proteins as a source of energy. By intentionally lowering you're carb intake, your body is forced to burn what's next in line: the fat that your body has consumed and already contains. It's a ketogenic diet, and most athletes use this to slim down for an upcoming season.

The myth that our diet should be based off 60%+ grains is very stupid. All those extra carbs if not burned off by physical activity just turn into fat.

Carbs are the enemy, yah yah yah.[]
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