Supplements Are No Substitute For A Healthy Diet

Between 2003 and 2006, 53 percent of Americans took at least one dietary supplement, up from 42 percent between 1988 and 1994. And though the number of Americans who take supplements is rising, there is no evidence that taking vitamins regularly can prevent chronic diseases. Roberta Anding, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, says it is generally better to get vitamins from food rather than in supplement form because whole foods contain additional nutrients and are easier for the body to absorb. Too often, supplements are seen as a replacement for a healthy diet and regular exercise, which can fuel a feeling of invulnerability. In a recent study, individuals who took multivitamins were found to have poorer health habits than those who didn’t. In short, supplements can be necessary and beneficial but not when they are taken as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. More here.

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