Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 61—Vitamins Vs. Victuals January 15, 2010

Be your own judge of whether supplements benefit you.

“If I don’t eat all the nutrients I should,” you say to yourself, “this multi-vitamin will pick up the slack.”

Well, it probably will. But if you’re already eating what your body needs—or easily could with a pittance of effort, that money may be better spent on nutritional foods. One reason: In addition to nutrition, foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables also provide fiber that’s essential to our digestive health.

The American Dietetic Association advises that the best thing you can do for your nutrition is to choose and eat a wide variety of healthy foods. That hardly seems like “news.” But sometimes the most obvious is the least considered.

To read the ADA’s entire position paper, visit http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/12/09/Dietitians-Most-dont-need-supplements/UPI-51011260384749/

If you know you need the vitamins, by all means take them. But ask yourself: What will bring me more pleasure and health—a hard, tasteless pill? Or a crisp, juicy apple!

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