Many people think popping a multi-vitamin supplement to get their nutrients
is just as good as what comes from real foods. They don’t realize that it is far
better to get vitamins and minerals from natural foods and juices. Our bodies
utilize the vitamins and minerals from real foods more efficiently. And most
people find it much easier to select a variety of whole foods they enjoy eating
instead of trying to make heads or tails of the entire selection of vitamin and
mineral supplements that are available. And any of us who’ve swallowed a
multi-vitamin or a mineral supplement can say without a doubt that the taste
leaves a lot to be desired
Supplements are also difficult for our bodies to break down and use, making
it difficult to get the full punch from the vitamins and minerals they contain.
Conversely, by consuming plenty of nutrient-dense food to get the equivalent
means the nutrients are going to be easier for the body to process and utilize,
and less likely to be wasted. We are also processing nutrients throughout the
course of the day when we obtain them from food, instead of just getting them
from the ‘one a day’ approach.
Many of the supplements available today use fillers and binders to hold them
together, plus coatings on the tablets themselves. These are products the body
does not need and will not use. Some people find they are allergic to the dyes
and fillers used in vitamin pills. However, the body uses the fiber that binds
fruits and vegetables. Often the “skin” of a vegetable, like the potato, is the
most nutritious part. In addition, sometimes the vitamin and mineral supplements
can upset our stomachs, making taking them even more difficult the next day. In
many cases, combining supplements can counteract their effectiveness and can
produce stomach upset when dealing with the taste and smell of some supplements.
On the other hand, a variety of fruits and vegetables enhance the flavor of a
nutritious meal and their fiber aids digestion.
If you’re looking to lose weight, eating fresh food is vital to a weight loss
plan. Also, eating fresh fruits and vegetables help hair, skin and teeth stay
attractive and healthy. And when you think about it, fruits and vegetables are
the original ‘to go’ food. It’s simple to grab for an orange, apple, banana,
grapes, or quickly toss a few vegetables together for a salad to take to work.
So when you’re looking for well-balanced, healthy, reliable nutrition, don’t
reach for the bottle. Reach for the food!