It looks that many people these days are obsessed with getting nutrients in their diet. Last year, Americans spent more than $56 billion on dietary supplements, fortified foods, and functional foods and beverages, according to Nutrition Business Journal and the Natural Marketing Institute. Even foods like snacks and sodas now seem to be fortified with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that I have never heard of before. Do we really get a great benefit from these added nutrients?
Every month Jon and I received a copy of Experience Life Magazine from the gym we belong to and this month it has a very interesting article about how beneficial these isolated nutrients really are. I was not surprised to read that whole foods are more beneficial to our body than isolated nutrients. What really caught my attention was to read about the explanation some scientists give to this conclusion. Kevin Spelman, a research scientist in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and an expert in plant chemistry and its biological effects, says:
The idea that one isolated nutrient will change the body in a positive way is a bit naïve. The body’s biology is an ecosystem — throw in too many rabbits and you’ll disrupt the system in ways you couldn’t have predicted.
Click here to read the whole article.
One of the very few things I can brag about is my health and I have my parents to thank for that. They always made me eat whole foods. Our breakfasts always included a big bowl of fruit and homemade yogurt and our dinners, salads and vegetable dishes. There was always fruit for snacks (in the summer my dad used to buy one 50-lb box of mangos per week. My mom and I ate most of them)
Now that I am getting more conscious about health issues, whole foods are playing a very important part. That’s why I have been changing some of my typical too-salty or too-sweet snacks to natural, whole foods. Have you ever tried grated carrots with lime juice and powder chili? This is one of my favorite daytime snacks. They are delicious and the best part is that carrots are packed with health benefits. You can read more about these benefits on World’s Healthiest Foods website.
So I rather eat the whole thing, than wasting a lot of money on dietary supplements.