Module 8 Discussion
How do you determine the quality of vitamins? Here is a great link from WebMD that offers sound advice regarding vitamin quality. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/how-to-evaluate-vit amins-supplements?page=1
In your opinion, do you feel that we can obtain sufficient amounts of nutrients from food alone, or is vitamin supplementation necessary? How can one ensure sufficient vitamin/mineral intake from the diet? Please share your thoughts and opinions.
Student # 1
Vitamin supplements are not necessary unless it’s it required health wise and recommended by a professional doctor or dietitian. An estimated 30 percent of US adults take multivitamin-mineral supplements regularly. It does not prevent chronic disease or delay death. In most cases it is harmless but can become harmful to one’s health overtime if there is an excess in certain nutrients. Food alone can supply sufficient amount of nutrients. One can ensure sufficient vitamin/mineral intake from their diet by eating a balanced meal rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The more colorful the meal the better. To determine the quality of vitamins one should take, speak to a doctor, pharmacist, or registered dietitian before adding a supplement to one’s diet.
Student # 2
Getting enough vitamins and minerals is essential to keeping your body healthy. It’s possible to get all of the nutrients you need by eating a variety of healthy foods, so you don’t have to take one. In many instances, the vitamins and minerals found in food sources are easier to absorb than those in supplement form. With the added benefit of
the other nutrients found in food, eating healthily gives far greater benefits than opting for supplements and eating poorly. I honestly feel like its better we get the right amount of nutrients from food instead of taking supplements. In all honesty it’s healthier and way way safer!! Most people do not need to take vitamin supplements and can get all the vitamins and minerals they need by eating a healthy, balanced diet. Vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium and vitamin C, are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly.