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Importance of Vitamins

October 21, 2009

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The FDA states that vitamins are essential nutrients that play an important role in living a healthy life. Millions of people worldwide take vitamin supplements as a part of a healthy living regimen.

There are numerous reasons WHY to take vitamin supplements. Your body uses vitamins for growth, digestion, and nerve function. The body actually HAS TO HAVE 13 vitamins to function: A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B-6, B-12, and folate).

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that many people consume more calories than needed without taking in recommended amounts of nutrients. The best way to intake the recommended amount of nutrients is by eating a healthy diet. According to the Director of FDA’s Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., ”The Guidelines emphasize that supplements may be useful when they fill a specific identified nutrient gap that cannot or is not otherwise being met by the individual’s intake of food.” She adds, “An important point made in the guidelines is that nutrient supplements are not a substitute for a healthful diet.”

Americans are becoming more and more overweight. In the early 1980’s – 45% of Americans were overweight. Now, that number has ballooned to 66%. The consequence of poor diet’s and lack of exercise. These things are leading to an increased prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory difficulties and many cancers (McClellan, Mark, MD, PhD, Changing the American Diet – Harvard School of Public Health).

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The majority of Americans are NOT even reaching minimums of nutrition through food intake. Dr. Gladys Block of UC Berkeley School of Public Health states that surveys confirm that most U.S. adults consume LESS THAN 2 servings of fruits and veggies per day (Hint – we should be consuming 7-9!!). Why is this happening:

  • Fast foods, convenience foods and take-out meals. These tend to be high in calories, saturated in trans-fats, salt and sugar.
  • The processing and refinement of foods, leading to dietary deficiencies when consumed regularly.
  • Cravings creating a vicious cycle of overeating and a sad reality of overweight and obese individuals who are actually malnourished!

So, what have we leaned: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!

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