Vitamin or not?

So today I read an article stating that vitamin supplements are not only unnecessary but in certain doses might even contribute to heart disease, stroke and cancer. The confusion around food and supplementation seems to be an ongoing dialogue. One minute you’re supposed to eat fish at least two or three times a week, then you’re told to be careful of levels of mercury that might be in the fish. You could supplement with omega three fatty acids. They have been all the rage and supposedly a great alternative for fish haters. Their attributes included helping to enhance mood, protecting the heart, lowering blood pressure and a host of other possibilities. Now, new research says it could create heart attacks and God knows what else. Too much calcium can have the same effect on men, but not women.

   Vitamin E in doses of 400 mgs or more could increase prostate cancer by 17 percent, but you can eat nuts which contain vitamin E. Not too many though because their fattening. So far this is not looking too good for the guys. The amount of positive and negative benefits around things we ingest has never been examined as closely. I’m glad I grew up in a time when I didn’t know that I should have turkey meatballs instead of “MEATBALLS”! What about meat? That gets a bad rap all the time? In fact it probably should be considered a criminal offense if you’re caught eating it.

   Should I eat a banana for breakfast even though it’s high on the glycemic index? I know that oatmeal and some cereals are good for me, but what if I have an allergy to grains and I blow up?  Certain vegetables are really in now. Kale is king! You can’t get enough kale. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and anything in the cruciferous family are now considered magical. Dairy also gets a bad rap. I remember my mother practically force feeding me three or four glasses of milk a day. And it was WHOLE milk! What was she thinking. Now they promote low fat or skim which takes the fat out, but increases the sugar content. Of course we know sugar is akin to a death sentence. But you can have Stevia which is considered natural. Anything natural seems to be okay. So I guess I’ll just pick a few blades of grass, boil them in some rain water and shave some bark over them as a condiment.  I know it will be so much better for me then the sausages, onions and peppers I’d originally planned on.

 

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7 Responses to Vitamin or not?

  1. Rachel Kim Dixon says:

    Hi Loretta, Im a long time reader, first time poster, theres a great article in Chatelaine this month about the benefits of Vitamin D and your health , worth the read , male OR female

    http://goo.gl/hPk0FF

  2. Best Ecig says:

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  3. Toni Heydrich says:

    From Loretta…:)

    • Susan says:

      Just yesterday a woman told me she had adverse reactions to an iron supplement then today I see this}
      From the article: ‘On October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that
      women who took supplemental multivitamins died at rates higher than those who didn’t. Two days later, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who took vitamin E had an increased risk of prostate cancer.
      These findings weren’t new. Seven previous studies had already shown that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease and shortened lives. Still, in 2012, more than half of all Americans took some form of vitamin supplements.
      http://science.slashdot.org/story/13/07/21/1615220/the-man-who-convinced-us-we-needed-vitamin-supplements?sdsrc=popbyskid

  4. Hilary Letch says:

    Oh how vey true Loretta!
    Eating and drinking are dangerous things and we should stop both immediately until those in the ‘know’ tell us what’s safe.
    Hopefully they may let’ us know before we all die from being thin and dehydrated!
    Something’s gonna get us all in the end eh?
    I love your thoughts, they always make me giggle ( although that may be dangerous too, who knows?)

  5. anne says:

    In Adele Davis’ book, “Lets Eat Right To Keep Fit” she said, “if there was a vitamin packed with enough punch it’d need to be the size of a baseball” She advocated eating the foods instead because of synergies, like Calcium needing Vit. D to metabolize. One test that’s easy to try, put your vitamins in a glass of white vinegar over night. Vinegar has a ph similar to the stomach. If in the morning the pill is still intact you can bet that by taking it all you are doing is feeding the toilet.
    She also mentioned the decrease in value our food has now due to over processing. The closer to Alive it is the better. I know what you mean about the way we are told something is harmful or worse that it is good for us only to find out it is not. aspertame anyone?

  6. Lee says:

    Gee It’s a wonder our grandparents lived as long as they did without all these vitamins. Maybe because they had their own gardens and everything was fresh!!! I remember visiting my grandmother and eating her homemade Minestrone Soup. That was an entire healthy meal in a bowl. They lived to a ripe old age. In fact my Aunt (their daughter) just celebrated her 101st birthday. That tells you something right there.

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