“You are what you eat”, goes a famous saying. If that’s truly the case, then a
lot of Americans would appear to be unhealthy, chemically treated,
commercially raised slabs of animal flesh. While that is not a particularly
pleasant thought, it is nonetheless a description of the typical American
omnivore who survives on the consumption of big macs and greasy french
fries. It’s true, and what have the average Americans done about this
problem? Asked for seconds and tell themselves that they won’t eat much for
tomorrow’s meal. You already know what you should be doing, exercise for
at least 20 minutes every second day, eat the correct foods and avoid
dangerous substances: smoke and other poisons, toxins and cancer causing
chemicals. You need a high level of anti-oxidants to live a long healthy life in
our modern world. If you’re healthy and eat a well-balanced diet based on the
Food Guide Pyramid, most nutritionist agree that supplements are
unnecessary. A well balanced diet supplies not only the recommended daily
allowances(RDAs) of all the necessary nutrients, but also important
nonnutrients that vitamin pills lack. Fiber is one of theses nutrients. Nutritionist
also believe that taking supplements perpetuates bad eating habits by making
you think everything will be okay as long as you get your “vities”. I totally
agree that if you eat a nutritional meal then why take any dietary supplements
or vitamins. But lets be honest with ourselves. Who honestly consumes their
daily allotted nutrients each day out of their meals? I bet your saying to
yourself, well sure I do, because I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have a
glass of milk and gram crackers for a late night snack. Hey I even get out of
my chair at nights to try to find the remote, I’m healthy enough. I would be
willing to put money on it, that you not reaching your daily benefits, because
only 9% of adults eat a balanced diet. Many people can’t or don’t even eat
some meals during the day due to busy schedules. But it’s been said that you
do your body more harm eating one or two big meals a day then eating four
or five little ones. Even people who eat right don’t get large enough amounts
of antioxidant vitamins which have proven effective in preventing diseases. The
typical American diet is well below what it should be. A study by the National
Food Consumption Survey report only 3% of the population ate the
recommended number of servings from the four food groups. Only 12%
consumed 100% of the RDA for all of the top nutrients like protein, calcium
and vitamin A, B, and C. Over 70% of men and over 80% of women failed to
get even 2/3’s of the RDA for one or more nutrients. Diets in high school
students were found to be inadequate as they only consumed 56% of their
calories from the Basic Four Food Groups. Foods most frequently eaten are
cakes, candy, soda pop, butter, and jellies and jams. So what are the people
to do about this bottomed out problem. Are we suppose to turn into nutrition
freaks or do we forget it and live our drained out lives depressed, out of
money, stress out, and tired. While it seems that everyone from grandmothers
to government has good advice about how to eat well, The American Dietetic
Association is urging people to take charge of their own nutrition destiny.
ADA shows that when it comes to nutrition, there is no such thing as a
“one-size-fits-all” approach. Nutrition experts say achieving good nutrition is
like putting together a puzzle, only you know where the pieces fit. So what is
good nutrition. We know that you can get a good nutrition from a balanced
meal, but know that most Americans don’t get that kind of nutrition that is
needed. So should we be heading towards something new like dietary
supplements. Some nutritionist say that we shouldn’t while I say that if were
not getting enough nutrition out of our meals, then lets do something about it
and put our bodies in better shape. We could save money in the long run. I
know for sure we can better ourselves with nutritional values that we can’t get
out of our meals. Two ways come to my mind with thinking about nutrition
values, dietary supplements and multivitamins. When it comes to supplements,
it’s a brand new world out there. In fact, supplement technology has come so
far in the past five years that for the first time in the history of nutrition it can