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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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Another Voice: Lack of oversight of supplements puts users at risk
Buffalo News
The U.S. Department of Justice and its federal partners last week announced criminal and civil charges against several manufacturers and marketers of dietary supplements as part of a nationwide sweep involving more than 100 companies over the last year.


Progesterone supplements do not improve outcomes in women with recurrent ...
Clinical Advisor
Progesterone supplements taken during the first trimester of pregnancy do not improve outcomes in women with a history of unexplained, recurrent miscarriages, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The progesterone in miscarriage ...
Progesterone May Not Lower Risk of Repeated MiscarriageYahoo News
Progesterone Cannot Prevent Future Miscarriages, According to StudyChinatopix
Once A Go-To Treatment, Progesterone Found To Provide No Benefit Against ...The Inquisitr

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Hawaii Tribune Herald

Homegrown tourism supplements agricultural income
Hawaii Tribune Herald
PAAUILO — Tour guide turned vanilla producer Jim Reddekopp just wanted a place to raise his kids. He ended up creating the first commercial vanilla orchid plantation in the United States. Over the past 15 years, Reddekopp, his wife, Tracy, and their ...

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Business Insider

Most dietary supplements are useless, but here are the ones you should take
Business Insider
Recent research finds that not only do these supplements most likely not help you slim down, bulk up, or get more energized — they're also harmful. A large October study from the federal government linked supplements — sold under brand names like ...

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Washington Post

Well | Makers of Nutritional Supplements Charged in Federal Sweep
New York Times (blog)
A yearlong federal investigation into the dietary supplement industry has resulted in a widespread crackdown on the sale of tainted or misleading products. The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it filed criminal and civil enforcement actions ...
Justice Department Announces Criminal Charges Against Dietary Supplement FirmsNPR
US files criminal charges against sellers of Jack3d, other supplementsReuters
Dietary supplements industry in crosshairs as law enforcement announces chargesWashington Post
CBS News -Refinery29
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Another Really Bad Week For The Supplements Industry, Including Criminal Charges
In the largely unregulated world of dietary supplements, it's like the Wild West. Dramatic claims abound, most of them unsupported by evidence, and it's hard to know if any of them can be trusted. Supplement manufacturers claim their products cure ...
Federal agencies target dietary supplement manufacturers and distributorsLexology (registration)

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Huffington Post

Should the Supplement Industry Have Stronger Regulation?
Huffington Post
There is insufficient evidence to support that vitamin supplements prevents disease in adults who are healthy except for those people who are on specific diets or have medical conditions Up To Date. In addition, exposure to high doses of vitamins can ...
EDITORIAL: Dietary supplement firms slammedPress-Enterprise

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Justice Department Charges Dietary Supplements Maker
The DOJ is partnering with multiple other agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Agency, in an ongoing review of dietary supplements to rat out the items—and the manufacturers—using unlawful and fraudulent ...

CBS News

How safe are your dietary supplements?
CBS News
This week's fraud charges against two popular dietary supplement makers may have many people eyeballing the bottles and boxes of supplements on their kitchen counters, wondering if the vitamins, protein powders, and herbs they pop every day are safe.
Can You Trust Your Dietary Supplement?WebMD
Feds Announce 'Sweeping' Actions Against Supplement
Nutritional supplements targeted by feds, stocks sufferMarketWatch
Tech Times -International Business Times -The Consumerist
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Dietary Supplements Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity ...
PR Newswire (press release)
LONDON, Nov. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Future Market Insights offers a 10-year forecast for the global dietary supplements market between 2015 and 2025. In terms of value, the market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period ...

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