We should focus in on quality verses quantity when it comes to healthy eating and obtaining all of the required nutrients for our bodies. Eating small meals throughout the day allows your body to effectively absorb vitamins and minerals. When we consume an abundant amount of nutrients in a single serving (referring to supplements), most of what is being consumed is wasted, as our body can only absorb so many milligrams of each nutrient at one time.
Keep in mind that when we rely on supplements verses food, our body is not effectively absorbing the synthetic form and is almost 60% more capable of absorbing nutrients from food sources alone. Try to focus on making your meals nutrient dense with emphasis on fruits and vegetables that are rich in color, whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins. We are sure to cover our bases when we approach food in this manner.
If you are looking for an insurance policy, look into a multivitamin and mineral supplement at your local grocery store or pharmacy. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but rather look for the letters USP on the package. This quote was taken from the USP website at: http://www.usp.org, “To help manufacturers, suppliers, and regulators safeguard the dietary supplement supply, USP provides documentary standards and reference materials for determining product and ingredient identity, strength, quality, and purity. These standards help limit the introduction of potential adulterants and contaminants, and serve as a widely acknowledged quality benchmark in the buying and selling of dietary supplement products and their ingredients in the global marketplace.”
This means that when we consume a multivitamin and mineral supplement we are sure that it is effectively breaking down and absorbing into our system when so many products do not. I am always first and foremost a huge whole food advocate and firmly believe that when we put the effort into a colorful, whole grain diet with lean proteins and healthy fats, we are easily getting what we need.
Healthy eating does not have to be expensive, but focus on the basic food groups and select products that meet your budget.