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Nutritional Supplement - The Good Food, Bad Food Myth


Will common sense ever prevail? We've all seen stories on the news about a new miracle food. "Eat more carrots and your eyesight will improve," or "Eating raspberries reduces heart disease, cancer, etc..." and what about the reports on wine and alcohol consumption? Is a glass of wine good for your health or bad? It is easy for physicians and the news media to describe foods as good or bad, but most nutritionists realize there are no such things - only good diets and bad diets. Regardless of whether the news reports are based on fact or fiction, what's important to realize is that no single food will bring you good health or destroy your health.

Unfortunately people persist in classifying foods as healthy or unhealthy. Relying on various media and advertising adds to the confusion as terminology used implies that a food is either 'good' or 'bad' based on which term is used to describe the food. For example, 'starch is bad because it makes you fat', but 'complex carbohydrates are good because they contain fiber and take longer to digest'. Look up starch in a nutrition textbook and you'll find out that it is defined as a complex carbohydrate. Here's another one, 'calories are bad because they make you fat'; 'energy is good because it gives you stamina to finish your activities'. The reality is that a calorie is a unit used to measure energy; the same way inches or miles measure distance.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Classifying a food or nutrient as 'good' or 'bad' and reducing concepts in nutrition to the most simple terms is usually not going to give you a correct answer. These oversimplifications are not only incorrect, but in the long run detract from achieving balanced nutrition.

Although nutrition and diet shouldn't be oversimplified, it also doesn't need to be rocket science either. A good diet is about sensible choices and choosing foods that are nutrient dense. The more nutrients you can include in your diet the more balanced your nutrition will be. You can achieve balanced nutrition most easily by including a wide variety of foods in your diet and choosing appropriate, high-quality nutritional supplements.

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New York Times (blog)

Dangerous Dietary Supplements Return to Store Shelves
New York Times (blog)
The Food and Drug Administration frequently recalls dietary supplements that are found to contain banned substances. But a new study suggests that many of these products return to store shelves months later with the same dangerous ingredients.
Tainted supplements sold after recalls, study saysUSA TODAY
Recalled Supplements Linger on US Store ShelvesWebMD
Unsafe, recalled dietary supplements still being soldCBS News
NPR (blog) -Reuters -Los Angeles Times
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Sci-Tech Today

Supplements Safe After FDA Recall?
Sci-Tech Today
Several months after supplements were recalled for being illegally laced with prescription drugs, researchers bought them off the shelves and from the online inventories of supplement retailers and checked whether they continued to contain the illegal ...
Supplements still contain drugs years after recallsColumbus Dispatch
Study finds drugs still in recalled supplementsMyFox Chicago

all 4 news articles »


Nutritional Outlook

Op-ed: 20 years later, dietary supplement industry owes much to Sen. Hatch
Salt Lake Tribune
Utah is home to more than 100 dietary supplement companies, world leaders in manufacturing safe, high-quality products that enhance the health of over 150 million Americans. These companies form the vibrant base of an annual economy unsurpassed in ...
DSHEA's 20th Anniversary: How DSHEA Defined the Dietary Supplements MarketNutritional Outlook
One law and a tale of two industriesThe Hill (blog)
Green coffee bean extract study recalled: What it means for consumersFox News

all 6 news articles »


Health.com

Recalled Supplements Could Still Be on Store Shelves, Study Finds
Health.com
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two-thirds of dietary supplements recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned ingredients remained on store shelves at least six months after they were recalled, ...
More troubling news about dubious — and dangerous — practices in the dietary ...MinnPost (blog)
Contaminated Supplements Still Sit on Store ShelvesPharmacy Times
JAMA study: Recalled diet supplements still on store shelvesRick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews
Clinical Advisor
all 17 news articles »


Presence of Banned Drugs in Dietary Supplements Following FDA Recalls
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Prior research has found that even after FDA recalls, dietary supplements remain available on store shelves.4 However, it is not known if the supplements on sale after FDA recalls are free of the adulterants. In the present study, dietary supplements ...



Fox News

Study finds drugs in recalled supplements
Fox News
The tested supplements were recalled by manufacturers after FDA raised concerns about drugs in their products. This type of recall is usually voluntary, involving products that could potentially cause serious health problems and even death. The FDA's ...



Many Recalled Supplements Remain on the Market Months Later
Medscape
Many dietary supplements remain on the retail market months after they were recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned pharmaceutical ingredients, according to a research letter published in the October 22/29 ...



Yahoo Health

10 Sports Supplements That Actually Work
Yahoo Health
Walk the aisles of any nutrition or health food store, and you're bound to be overwhelmed in less time than it takes to chug a protein shake. But not all supplements are bunk: Research shows that some can help you work out longer or harder, recover ...

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USA TODAY

Scientists warn about stimulant in workout supplements
USA TODAY
Makers of dietary supplements are at it again, putting a new chemical stimulant – untested on humans — into workout, weight-loss and brain-function products sold widely through retailers including Amazon and GNC. Yet federal regulators have taken no ...
Untested Stimulant Drug Found in 12 SupplementsLiveScience.com
Study warns about stimulants in diet supplementsCBS News
Beware of 'muscle-building' energy supplements targeting teensConsumerReports.org
Reuters -Vox
all 46 news articles »


USA TODAY

GNC stops sale of two supplements in wake of news story
USA TODAY
Nutritional supplement retailer GNC has stopped selling two products containing a new stimulant ingredient that is under fire from scientists, senators and a major industry group. The products Redline White Heat and OxyTHERM Pro were being sold on ...

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