Multivitamins VS Fruits and Veggies

I was shopping at the grocery store the other day and came across the produce section. All those fresh fruits and veggies looked so enticing I was almost tempted to fill my whole cart with them, but I only had just enough room for some potatoes, cucumbers, spinach, pineapples, melons, bananas and apples. Sorry mangoes, grapes and oranges! No room for you broccoli. Maybe next time carrots. Yes I was that disappointed…

I then lined up at the cash register, right behind a couple who’s cart was filled with nothing but frozen TV dinners, orange Tang juice mix and a bulk pack of Ramen noodles. I don’t have anything against frozen foods really, maybe they just don’t have time to cook. As far as the Tang, well at least it’s better than coke (maybe). And who doesn’t like a little dose of MSG every now and then?

Not trying to be judgmental of someone’s eating habits, I decided to mind my own business. Until, that is, I caught the lady in front of me staring at the contents of my cart. “That sure is a lot of fruits and veggies,” she stated. “Gotta get my vitamins and minerals,” I kindly responded. She then proceeded to tell me that her and her boyfriend opt for multivitamins instead because they just don’t have time the time to consume all those fruits and veggies in a day, “plus they’re low in calorie!” she added. If she’s so worried about calories then she should return that sugar loaded artificial juice mix and sodium pack noodles.

ANYWAYS, that got me thinking. There are some people who feel that they can get everything they need from a multivitamin pill while others believe there’s just no substitute for the real thing. I, on the other hand, take multivitamins and a hearty serving of fruits and veggies daily. But is one really better than the other? And if so, which one?

Lets see how they compare in Multivitamins VS Fruits and Veggies!

MULTIVITAMINS

PROS

  • They help supplement the vitamins and other nutrients that are lacking or not present in your diet.
  • It’s much attainable for many to swallow a pill than it is to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Taking multivitamins daily lowers your risk for vitamin deficiency as well as other illnesses.

CONS

  • Taking in too much nutrients can be toxic for the body and can even be fatal.
  • Multivitamin pills aren’t sufficient alone because they can’t provide your body with the other nutrients that can be found in food.
  • High levels of single nutrient supplements can actually result in fatigue, diarrhea, hair loss, kidney stones, liver damage and birth defects.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

PROS

  • In addition to vitamins and minerals you can also get a healthy dose of your daily fiber, roughage,  and other compounds.
  • They’re delicious and make for a quick and healthy snack or meal.
  • It’s all natural and provides your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to function and grow.

CONS

  • Existing vitamins and minerals can be lost in food preparation.
  • Fruits and vegetables contain more calories as well as sugar.
  • Depending on your diet, you may not be getting all the nutrients you need from fruits and veggies alone.

Nothing’s perfect, even if it comes in a pill form. So do what’s best for you and if you don’t feel like you’re taking in the amount of daily vitamins and minerals you should be then go ahead and take a supplement as well. Like everything else, everything in moderation (even when it comes to multivitamins).

 

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