Yet Another Reason To Eat More Fruits and Veggies

12/17/2013 10:53 AM

Three major new studies were announced today that question the benefits of taking vitamin supplements.  The studies found that taking vitamins every day did not prevent disease or cognitive decline.  The recommendation by the one of the study authors, Dr. Edgar Miller, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore:

“What will protect you is if you spend the money on fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, low fat dairy, things like that ..exercising would probably be a better use of the money.”

While the debate about the effectiveness of taking vitamins will continue, there is not debate within the medical or nutrition community about the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.  There are literally decades of research showing that eating enough fruits and veggies each day improves health and prevents diseases – these studies were largely conducted using conventionally grown produce.  As an example, a recent peer reviewed study showed that if half of all Americans increased their consumption of fruits and veggies by a single serving, 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented annually. 

So choose either conventional or organic fruits and veggies, but eat more every day for better health and a longer life.  And, if you still want to continue taking a vitamin supplement with your breakfast, just remember to add some fruit to your meal to ensure a nutritious start to your day.

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