Definition Essay – Anthony Matias

Multivitamins, What Are They?

Multivitamins do not fall under any of the five major food groups nor are they a part of a normal “well-balanced diet.”  Dietary supplements don’t fall under the recommended food choices and they have little proof that they even make consumers healthier than their current state.  It is believed that many people fall into this trap that they can replace a normal healthy diet with a tiny pill.  Yes, multivitamins are often self-prescribed over the counter diet supplements containing lipid-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, K and many more.  But, if they were as successful as many of us think we are, why would the government push for a healthy diet.  In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture decided to publish a new nutrition guide which depicts a plate and glass divided into the five food groups.  The nutrition guidelines for MyPlate are divided into sections,  30% grains, 30% vegetables, 20% fruits, 20% protein, 10% dairy.  It also gives many healthy alternatives such a skim milk and whole grains.  The funny thing about this new nutritional guide doesn’t say anything about dietary supplements.

Most people take multivitamins voluntarily,  they are rarely prescribed to a patient by a doctor unless the individual is allergic to certain food products such as dairy.  If someone is lactose intolerant than the doctors would prescribe them with a calcium supplement.  The majority of doctors will recommend a well-balanced diet, but may people don’t know what a healthy diet consists of.  A healthy diet is the food we eat in the course of a 24-hour, one week, or one month, etc. period. A good diet is a nutritional lifestyle that promotes good health. A good diet must include several food groups because one single group cannot provide everything a human needs for good health.  Also to consume enough vital amino acids to provide cellular replenishment and transport proteins. Which can be found in animal based proteins and some plant-based proteins. A combination of other plants, with the exception of rice and beans, may also provide essential amino acids. And a major role is to consume essential quantities of vitamins and certain minerals from food as directed by the  Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

There are many reasons why people take dietary supplements, whether it is to improve their health or to get extra vitamins and minerals in their diets when they ay or may not need them. Supplements give the impression that they increase ones health and certainly not diminish their health based on their nutritional facts alone.  The consumers of these products are blinded by what they see and hear rather than doing the research to find the facts.  Consumers put so much trust into the manufacturers of multivitamins that they neglect to see the true biological science behind certain supplements.

Getting your vitamins and minerals through diet. N.p., 1 July.2009. Web Apr.2013   <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/July/Getting-your-vitamins-and-minerals-through-diet

Vitamins and Supplements: Do They Work? . N.p., 10May.2012. Web Apr.2013  <http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/05/10/vitamins-and-supplements-do-they-work-2

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