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The contradicting reports on nutrition never cease, and the latest diet “mythbusters” are sure to turn a few heads as they dispute the cholesterol danger of eggs, carb intake rules, the necessity of 8 glasses of water, and vitamins.

Wendy Repovich, an exercise physiologist at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, revealed some new information about standard diet rules at a recent American College of Sports Medicine-sponsored health and fitness summit in Dallas, Texas.

Repovich claims the rule that eating eggs raises your cholesterol is a myth because when eggs are eaten in moderation, as they usually are, they do not contain enough cholesterol to cause health risks. While egg yolks have the highest concentration of cholesterol of any food, “there aren’t a whole lot of studies that show that one or two eggs a day really make a difference to cholesterol levels,” said Repovich.

Myth #2: Carbs make you fat. This concept is one of the longest-argued in the diet world, but Repovich put her two cents in, explaining that cutting carbs just leads to loss of water, but not real body weight. Therefore cutting them does not really help you shed pounds, and eating them in moderation is not a direct cause of weight gain.

Repovich also challenged the “eight glasses of water a day” rule, saying people need to replace the water that they lose from breathing, urinating, and sweating each day, which may not necessarily add up to 64 ounces. “Most people don’t realize they get water from other sources in the diet,” said Repovich, who also went on to warn that too much water can harm you by causing an imbalance of sodium in the body, which is called hypnoatremia.

Topping things off, Repovich questioned the necessity of multivitamins, even though she pops one herself every morning. Repovich explained that those who have complete diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein, and the right number of calories (sound familiar?), probably don’t need a vitamin supplement, she said.

“But for the most part, we don’t eat the way we should so probably a simple multivitamin is good for most people,” said Repovich.

While new studies and revelations may occasionally shake the foundation of the diet world, there’s a reason why certain rules remain undisputed (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein, and the right number of calories anyone?).

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