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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Top 10 Food Mistakes - #2

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Food Mistake #2: You buy bottled water laced with vitamins

It's a measure of how health conscious we've become that water is now fortified with nutrients and even medicinal herbs. But when asked for the l'eau down on so-called enhanced water, Prevention advisor Elizabeth Somer, RD, counseled: "Save your money." Many are bloated with unnecessary calories. The label of one leading brand, for example, reports that it supplies half the daily requirement for some nutrients. But to get that amount, you have to drink the whole bottle, which contains 125 calories. And for that you get just 6 of the 40-plus essential nutrients provided by most supplements. An entire bottle, notes Somer, supplies no more vitamin C than you'd get from eating two strawberries.


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Smarter Move

Drink plain, refreshing, calorie-free water when you're thirsty—and take a multivitamin daily to make sure you get balanced levels of the essential vitamins and minerals.

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