Many people think that they don’t have to follow a healthy diet if they take the right supplements. This is simply not true. The best nutrients come from direct food sources, not supplements.
A recent study showed how vitamin supplements may not provide the added nutrition assumed, and that there is no clear benefit for otherwise healthy people to consume supplements.
According to a spokesperson from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Heather Mangieri, "These findings support the evidence-based position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that the best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of foods. By choosing nutrient-rich foods that provide the most nutrients per calorie, you can build a healthier life and start down a path of health and wellness. Small steps can help you create healthy habits that will benefit your health now and for the rest of your life."
Some people may continue to require certain vitamin supplements to efficiently take in all of the necessary nutrients that they need, but the average person will generally benefit most from a healthy, varied diet.
Here are some examples offered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics regarding how to build a healthy diet, filled with plenty of nutrients:
1. Never skip breakfast!
Taking in a meal that includes whole grains and dairy products can help kick start your day with a boost of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C.
2. Avoid refined grains!
Instead, choose whole grain versions of cereals, breads, pastas and rice.
3. Fill up on greens!
Fill your refrigerator with pre-washed, pre-cut versions of a variety of veggies so that making a salad is a no brainer. Or, keep in mind that these make for great, healthy snacks and having them ready will help avoid you turning to something you should not be eating.
4. Eat plenty of fruit!
Choose fresh, frozen or even canned (in natural juices) for snacks or even a healthy dessert option.
5. Get plenty of Omega-3!
Consuming omega-3 rich seafood at least twice weekly is recommended.
6. Beans are good for you!
Add plenty of beans to your diet, to get enough fibre and B vitamins, including important folate!
With the sales of supplements skyrocketing, it is important for consumers to realize how they are spending their money. Educating the public regarding the necessity and use of supplements is an important place to begin. In most cases, you can skip the supplements and focus on real foods!