ADA favors food over pills

by Diane Lofshult on May 18, 2010

Food for Thought

According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), about one-third of Americans currently take some kind of dietary supplements, especially nutrient supplements, such as vitamins and minerals. Because this appears to be a growing trend, the ADA recently released a position paper on nutrient supplements to inform consumers about the safety and efficacy of these unrestricted products.

According to the ADA’s new Nutrient Supplementation position paper, “the best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a variety of nutrient-rich foods.”

While allowing that some people may need to take supplements for medical reasons, the position paper espouses a diet rich in micro- and macronutrients over one that relies on nutrient supplements.

For an audiocast or PDF version of the ADA’s new position paper, go to www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8409.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.