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Six Lies You Were Taught About Lactic Acid

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Jan. 24, 2014
  • Updated Jan. 27, 2014 at 7:16 AM UTC

Lie #1: Muscles Produce Lactic Acid During Exercise

The muscles do not produce lactic acid during exercise. They produce a very similar compound called lactate. Whatever you call it, this substance is not produced as a waste product of anaerobic metabolism, as once believed. It’s actually an intermediate link between anaerobic and aerobic metabolism.

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