Are multivitamins good insurance?

by - April 25, 2009

Are multivitamins good insurance?

If you frequently eat "empty" or "junk" foods, skip breakfast, eat sugary snacks, or drink a lot of soft drinks or coffee, you may find that taking a multivitamin can help you bridge the gap between your usual diet and a diet that is optimal for your health.

However, there are many nutritional needs that cannot be addressed by popping a pill. Some of these needs include:

  • A complete set of food nutrients. Even dietary supplements consisting only of food extracts cannot duplicate the composition of a whole, natural food.
  • The exact balance of nutrients contained in a whole, natural food. Foods continuously shift their nutrient composition in relationship to sunlight, rainfall, and soil conditions. Supplements cannot do that.
  • The satisfaction and pleasure of eating. That satisfaction impacts your digestion and nutrient absorption.

You may choose to take a multivitamin for extra "nutritional insurance," but remember that no pill can supplant your need for healthful whole foods. The World's Healthiest Foods provide the full natural spectrum of nutrients in the appropriate balance for your body's ability to use them effectively to promote health.

Another reason that supplements shouldn't supplant eating whole foods is that there are many important nutrients in foods that have yet to be identified. As such, it's impossible to get these in pill form. Yet, you can enjoy them from natural foods since they are replete with all the health-promoting compounds that will ever be discovered!

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