Then people each for supplements, which are not exactly the same as the food version.
It clearly does not help that most Australians are skimping on fruit and vegetables. Though we should be able to get all the nutrients we need from a healthy diet, we are just not putting the right food on our plates. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics only 5.5 per cent of Australian adults have an adequate daily intake of two serves of fruit and five of vegetables.
The main problem in Australia is that 35 per cent of an adult’s kilojoules come from junk food, says Stanton. Some of these foods may provide vitamins but these junk foods mean that the typical diet is too high in sugar, salt and saturated fats and also lacks dietary fibre. None of these problems will be fixed with a vitamin supplement.
In fact, taking a vitamin supplement can give you a false sense of security, that you are getting all the nutrients you need, when, in fact, a supplement is not supplying the same range of nutrients found in food.
What about specific vitamins or minerals to target certain health issues? For example, using magnesium to reduce muscle cramps or anxiety; zinc to boost skin, hair and nail health; or B group vitamins to help combat depression? This is where vitamins really come into their own, says Culverhouse. To enjoy the amount that can boost your health, you would sometimes need to eat buckets full of certain foods. Instead, supplements are a more practical option.
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