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Sometimes, its seems like the more we learn about better health, the less we know. New research can modify or even negate the wellness information that we’ve taken as gospel for years.
Leslie Goldman at Oprah.com recently examined four extablished health rules that no longer hold water – one, literally – and new rules to consider in their place. We’ve summarized them below.
Old Rule: Drink eight glasses of water a day. New Rule: Eat your water.
Much of your daily requirement of water is contained in foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and cooked whole grains like oatmeal. And they offer the added bonus of nutrients.
Old Rule: Eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables. New Rule: Fill half your plate with produce.
Put away the measuring tools, and just make half of every meal produce. And quality counts: Even two or three daily servings of deeply hued fruits and veggies (like blueberries or red peppers) may help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Old Rule: Avoid red meat. New Rule: Beef in moderation can be healthy.
A recent study found that the cardiovascular risk of red meat comes from processed varieties, such as sausage, hot dogs, and cold cuts – not from steak and hamburgers. Three 4- to 5-ounce servings per week is a good source of iron and immunity-boosting zinc.
Old Rule: Keep your BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. New Rule: Eat healthy, exercise, and let your weight settle naturally.
Cirtics say body mass index ignores a person’s muscle mass and hip circumference. Instead of BMI, focus on eating a nutritious diet and logging 150 minutes of exercise per week.