Fit and Fabulous: 30 Surprising Facts About Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

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26Alcohol Myth

Alcohol Myth

A study reviewing 87 past research papers which suggested that drinking alcohol moderately has health benefits found that literally all of them were biased and/or poorly designed and/or pointing to positive effects that were unlikely in reality.

27. 50% of the calories Americans consume come from nutrient-depleted, ultra-processed foods, including refined flours and industrial seed oils. A recent study indicates that US children and adults have high rates of deficiency of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate, as well as the mineral iron.

28. The Body Mass Index (BMI) was created for a social statistics experiment and was never intended to be an indicator of health. Waist to hip ratio is a much better indicator of metabolic dysfunction than BMI and it is much more applicable to children and athletes (2 populations that BMI notoriously miscalculates as overweight/obese).

29. “Essential Oils” are named such because these oils give off a distinctive scent, not that they’re essential. In fact, many of the most popular essential oils used in homes today are toxic to dogs and cats even if they are simply used in a diffuser. Symptoms of oil toxicity include muscle tremors, lethargy, vomiting, and more.

30. Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned as cheating.

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