Is that a banana in my ham? Yes, it is

12/30/2013 08:54:00 AM
Fred Wilkinson

In fact, the study says taking vitamins isn’t making people healthier — and may even be doing them harm, according to an excerpt at Time.com.

“We believe that the case is closed — supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful,” the study’s authors wrote. “These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough.”

These findings come after a review of previous studies and some new ones, one of which looked at past surveys of more than 350,000 people and found no significant decrease in risk of heart disease and only a marginal decrease in cancer risk among takers of multivitamins.

Nutrition studies frequently receive media attention, and it isn’t rare for them to contradict previously established nutrition guidelines.

With that in mind and trusting your gut, it seems increasingly clear there is no magic pill (or single food item) that will ensure health and longevity.

But studies do, however, largely support that eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables daily correlates with greater health and a longer life.

The new research gives nutrition-oriented fresh produce marketers a nice talking point in their favor.

fwilkinson@thepacker.com

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Denise Donohue    
Lansing, Michigan  |  January, 12, 2014 at 07:01 PM

I laughed my head off at this. Such rich content: Good marketing gone astray. An ingenious headline. A meat Twinkie. I suppose you've had several months to contemplate this one. Hamloaf is just funny anyway. And, you know, you really can't fool people into calling a mushroom a steak!

Fred Wilkinson    
Lenexa, Kan.  |  January, 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Denise -- if you liked the ham loaf check these ... http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/truly-upsetting-vintage-recipes

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