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Feel Good Fads

Updated on May 9, 2016


Do fads make you feel good? Perhaps some do and to a point there's nothing wrong with this. Certain fitness fads, such as the jogging craze of the 1970's, created an out flux of feel good endorphins. Others such as the Federal Government's 1980's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, warned against the so called evils of saturated fats. This caused activists to lobby major food companies to create an alternative. They added a hydrogen ion to fat, creating a Frankenstein Fat known as trans-fat (hydrogenated oil). This fad lasted over thirty five (35) years, causing heart disease and death (among many diseases) along its way, before finally being banned by the FDA.

I am not saying that I am not excited about some fads myself. If it doesn't kill me, I will try it once. I recall following Linus Pauling's concept of mega dosing with vitamin C. I was taking 10 g/ day for months. At the end of this time, I was unable to provide either subjective or objective evidence it proved beneficial. Then I read actual new research on vitamin C and nutrition (not chemistry as it related to vitamin C, as Pauling won his Nobel Prize in). I learned synthetic vitamin C in mega doses can actually cause more harm than good and the benefits of vitamin C are realized by consumption through whole food sources.

This event caused me to realize a few things. First, I just wasted a bunch of money down the toilet. Second, after millions of years of evolution; while we are now looking for ways to improve the performance of our bodies with the ultimate result being increased satisfaction, this is nothing new. Third, to make sure proper research is read and understood before committing fully to something unproven.

-James Goetz (New Jersey)

Research is Key

Even more important is to make sure this research is up to date. For example, in 1878 it was determined the average adult's body temperature was 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In 1992 it was found the average normal temperature is instead 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Somehow we still reference the 1878 source.

Woody Allen's Sleeper Theory stated, " 200 years we'll discover that smoking is good for you, fruits are not". If you enjoy something healthy, do it because you enjoy it, not because it may offer an unrealized miracle previously omitted over the past couple million years of human evolution. If you are looking for this miracle, let the research show it first.


Fitting In

I must admit though that the pomegranate, acai and blueberry gluten free smoothie after my high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout did taste delicious. Now where did I put those sneakers with the Fit Bit built into them?



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