Congratulations – you’re one of the good ones! You steer clear of greasy pizza joints and have never eaten a cronut. But you probably need to supplement with vitamins, and here’s why:
- Less than 5 percent of Americans follow all of the recommendations in the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (like getting your 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day).
- American magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet.
- According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the number one nutritional disorder in the world.
If these statistics point to a trend, it’s that even though people are being smarter about their diets, it doesn’t necessarily translate into better nutrition. Here are the top 5 reasons HEALTHY EATERS still should take a vitamin supplement:
1. You’re On a Diet
If you’re limiting calorie intake, that also means you’re limiting the opportunity to get nutrients into your body. Even if you eat nutrient dense foods you still may not get enough of certain vitamins and minerals if you’re eating less than 1600 calories a day.
2. Your Lifestyle is Limiting
If you have chosen a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, or you’re lactose intolerant, you could be missing out on nutrients like calcium, iron, zinc, and B12. And even if you do eat fish or meat, experts recommend eating fish at least twice a week.
3. You Can’t Eat Healthy 100% Of The Time
Hey, you’re on the go. We get it. You’re rushing the kids to school in the morning, you’re working through lunch, and maybe you have 20 minutes to get dinner on the table. Sometimes, it’s not possible to plan a perfect meal that has the exact number of vegetable servings and your daily-recommended value of whole grains and dairy. If you know anyone that does that, they may be a robot (just sayin’). So if you can’t eat healthy all day long, consider supplementing so you can get the vitamins and minerals you need to keep going!