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Health Tip could be misleading

Andrea Groth

I was disappointed in the story that appeared in a recent Monday paper in the Health Tip section. I read the article titled, “Weight reduction and digestive strength.”

As a fitness and wellness professional, I have to disagree with some of the statements made in that article. Namely, I think it is inappropriate to state unequivocally that it is healthier to eat raw foods than cooked. First of all, there is no scientific evidence to support that claim. Second, many foods are more nutritious when they are cooked, e.g., tomatoes are richer in the antioxidant lycopene when cooked, and carrots render more beta carotene when they are cooked.

Finally, the author of this article claims that water dilutes digestive fluids and recommends tea instead. How is tea different from water in respect to dilution of digestive fluids?

I dislike seeing inaccurate or incomplete information on nutrition given to the public, because it is tough enough to make sound nutrition decisions without clouding the waters.

Further, I used to write articles on fitness and wellness for the paper in Memphis, Tenn., when I lived there. Even if I could support statements in my articles with sound research, if the idea was “too new” or not considered conventional wisdom, I could not include it in my article.

While I usually enjoy the Health Tip article, might I suggest a little more research into the credibility of the information provided in that section.

Thank you for listening,

Andrea Groth

Breckenridge


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