CAN MUL­TI­VI­TA­MINS SUB­STI­TUTE FOR FRUITS?

Friday - - Advice -

Q

My friend has stopped eat­ing fruits be­cause of all the scare sto­ries about tox­ins in them from pes­ti­cides. She is now tak­ing mul­ti­vi­ta­mins in­stead. I’m think­ing of do­ing the same. Is that a good idea?

A

Mul­ti­vi­ta­mins can only help sup­ple­ment your diet and can never re­place the ben­e­fits de­rived from nat­u­ral vi­ta­mins sourced from food. Whole foods have thou­sands of en­zymes and phy­to­chem­i­cals, the ef­fect of which can­not be repli­cated or sub­sti­tuted by a con­coc­tion of pills.

In­stead of giv­ing up on food groups that could have tox­ins and pes­ti­cides, she could go or­ganic and pick a brand she trusts. The nu­tri­tional value in terms of macros (carbs, pro­tein, fats) of both or­ganic and non-or­ganic food will nearly be the same. For ex­am­ple: the vi­ta­mins and min­er­als you get fro­man or­ganic ap­ple ver­sus a com­mer­cially grown one will be more or less sim­i­lar. But the non-or­ganic ap­ple may have chem­i­cals, pes­ti­cides, and other farm­ing agents that could wreak havoc on your en­docrine sys­tem, con­gest your liver mak­ing weight loss a chal­lenge and dis­turb the hor­monal lev­els in your body. You and your friend could go or­ganic with milk and dairy prod­ucts, eggs, meats, fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Sup­ple­ments can be used as an ad­di­tion to your healthy eat­ing habits and reg­u­lar in­take will dra­mat­i­cally boost your me­tab­o­lism, give you more en­ergy and im­prove your skin and hair too.

Rashi Chowd­hary is a nu­tri­tion­ist and inch-loss ex­pert

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