Health News Overload

Julie Ryan Evans

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The other day I read a study that found eating fruits and veggies may not do much to decrease your risk of cancer. While it's disappointing that healthy foods may not be as powerful as we thought, it also has altered my eating habits a bit.

I usually have to really push myself to get in five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I like them and all, but that's a lot. So to up my nutrients, I usually put spinach leaves, some carrots, and whatever other veggies I have on hand on my lunch sandwich.

But truth be told, I prefer my sandwich plain -- meat, cheese, a little light mayo on wheat bread. And this study is like the bad angel sitting on my shoulder telling me I don't really need the extra veggies messing up my sandwich every day. And I'm embarrassed to admit how many times I've skipped them recently.

Though I've read countless studies touting the benefits of plant-based foods, I'm using this one study as justification to eat what I want.

I love health studies and read them voraciously. I want to know what's best and healthiest, who's discovered the most calorie-burning, age-defying formula for life. I want to confirm my convictions and justify my indulgences.

The problem is there are so many studies with new information every day that compete with and contradict one another, and you can easily become a cafeteria-style health enthusiast -- picking and choosing which advice you like.

Take wine for example. One study says drinking wine worsens allergies; another says it may help with digestion. Common thought has been that alcohol packs on the pounds, but a recent study says wine may help women stay in shape.  

When it comes to wine, I personally choose to keep my glass half full ... at least.

How much does health news affect your habits?

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