The 7 Deadly Sins of Nutrition



10 (Not So Deadly?) Health Sins

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10 (Not So Deadly?) Health Sins

Admit it—even if you eat fruits and vegetables, exercise and get your checkups on time, you’ve got one, two, maybe three habits that aren’t so healthy. (Even we health writers and editors have them!) But what really does major damage? A diet soda every day? Getting only five hours of sleep a night? “If you’re generally a healthy person, some of these may not be such a big deal. But there are a few zingers that are never OK under any circumstances,” says Donna Casey, MD, an internist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. We bet you’re guilty of at least one of these 10.

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You eat a burger and fries for lunch once a week

There's evidence that eating a fatty meal will almost immediately affect the functioning of your blood vessels, making it harder for them to dilate for hours after you've eaten. But having fast food once a week is probably OK if you have

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You only sleep five hours a night

It may seem harmless, but it's not: One recent study of more than 10,000 adults found that those who frequently slept less than seven hours a night were more likely to be obese. "Lack of sleep may disrupt normal production of hormones th

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You brush twice a day but hardly ever floss

Dentists have a charming saying: Only floss the ones you want to keep. "Most adults lose their teeth because of gum disease," explains Ted Raybould, DMD, professor of dentistry at the University of Kentucky. And although brushing is cruc

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You eat only two to three servings of fruit & veggies daily

Believe it or not, you're doing better than most Americans, says Martin Binks, PhD, director of behavioral health at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, NC. Three daily servings of produce may be enough to lower the risk for premat

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Once or twice a month, you smoke a few cigarettes

This one's pretty awful. "There is no safe lower threshold for tobacco use," says Michael Fiore, MD, director of the University of Wisconsin's Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention in Madison. Women who smoke just one cigarette a

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You walk at least 20 minutes a day (but don't break a sweat)

You're doing better than you think. "Walking 20 minutes a day not only burns calories, but also gets your heart rate up somewhat," says Ralph Felder, MD, PhD, section chief for cardiovascular nutrition at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Ce

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You usually have three to four drinks on a Saturday night

That much alcohol in one sitting skates awfully close to the definition of "binge drinking," which can increase your risk for several types of cancer. Research shows that postmenopausal women who had one to two drinks a day were 32% more

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You drink a lot of diet soda

"It's not so bad if it keeps you away from regular soda," says Karen Miller-Kovach, RD, chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers International. The downside: Drinking too much of any kind of soda—diet or regular—may increase your

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Two large cups of coffee are an everyday must

Unless it gives you insomnia or the jitters, your java habit may actually be improving your health. Research suggests that having a cup or two daily may protect against liver cancer and colon cancer, and reduce the risk for Parkinson's d

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You keep losing and regaining the same 10 pounds

Although you may have heard that this messes up your metabolism, experts say this isn't the case. Rather, the damage is psychological because weight cycling chips away at your confidence.






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