Quite a stir was created this week when an editorial in the current issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine proclaimed that it’s pointless to take multivitamins. Not only pointless, but potentially hazardous as well.
Because they do not extend life or prevent chronic illness, the authors say a well-nourished adult shouldn’t take a multivitamin.
Which begs the question: what does it mean to be “well-nourished?” It certainly doesn’t mean to be well-fed — rising obesity rates and the health consequences therein prove that.
To find out what that actually means, I did a little investigating and found an excellent article by Certified Nutrition Consultant Drew Parisi; she explains it very simply and concisely by stating that when you’re well-nourished:
- You’re in control. Parisi contends that if we consistently nourish our bodies with quality foods, we won’t crave what she calls “quick fixes” — fatty, sugary, artery clogging fare that ultimately leaves us less satisfied
- You’re able to maintain energy throughout the day without stimulants like caffeine and sugar. Although she’s not opposed to the occasional cup of coffee, natural, energy producing foods are the best way to keep blood sugar levels in control. I personally keep little bags of almonds in my desk when I feel my energy beginning to wane. They actually work faster than caffeine, in my opinion
- You’re food is digested more easily – she reminds us that a nourishing meal leaves us feeling satisfied, not glutted.
- You’ll maintain a healthy weight without having to count calories – nor will you feel deprived
- You’ll have a better appreciation of food – Parisi reminds us that food is sacred (I’ll like that term)
To read more on Parisi’s definition of a well-nourished life and to find valuable information regarding all aspects of healthy nutrition, click here.