Dispelling popular diet and exercise myths

Published 9:23am Friday, April 5, 2013

Myth No. 5: Celery has no health benefits. Celery is loaded with a combination of disease-preventing vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. It contains “pthalides,” compounds that help lower blood pressure by relaxing artery walls. Celery also contains “apigenin, a phytochemical that helps protect against cancers.

Myth No. 6: Iceberg lettuce has no nutrients. While it’s true darker varieties have more, don’t give up on this lettuce. It’s good for bones, because one cup contains 20 percent of your daily dose of vitamin K. Iceberg lettuce is good for your eyes too, because one cup provides 15 percent of your daily dose of vitamin A. Remember, any lettuce that keeps you eating salads is great.

Exercise or diet question? Email me at dwcrocker77@gmail.com or visit fitness4yourlife.org. David Crocker of Landrum has been a nutritionist and master personal trainer for 26 years.

He served as strength director of the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength coach for the USC-Spartanburg baseball team, S.C. state champion girl’s gymnastic team, and the Converse college equestrian team. He served as a water safety consultant to the United States Marine Corps, lead trainer to L.H. Fields modeling agency, and taught four semesters at USC-Union. David was also a regular guest of the Pam Stone radio show.

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