Suck My Vitamins

I always love it when a commonly-held belief turns out to be crap. And now the latest evidence shows that vitamin and antioxidant supplements can actually be harmful.

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Our bodies are chemical machines, and introducing large amounts of chemicals that are usually only required in trace amounts is quite clearly a terrible idea. And, when I think about about it, it is obvious that humans have developed to obtain their nutrients and vitamins from their food, and not from highly concentrated artificial sources.

As Michael Pollan summaries in his book “In Defense Of Food”: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly vegetables plants.”

And Mr. Pollan is right – eating is not really all that complicated. Just eat mixed food, not too much of anything, as little processed food as possible, and get some fucking exercise. And then you can enjoy a long and happy life which you can use to ridicule people and things that annoy you in a public forum.

It’s what life is all about.

/ paddy

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14 thoughts on “Suck My Vitamins

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  2. I’m with ya. These people still haven’t learned that “food” is more than merely the sum of its parts. And, uh, not to be a smartass, but wasn’t it “mostly plants”? :D

  3. You mean you don’t believe the wealthy pharmaceutical companies when they tell us we need these supplements to give us healthy teeth and bones . . . and shiny hair and strong hearts . . . and will get rid of our flu and keep diseases away?

    Keep taking the tablets! It’s cruel to obstruct their profit gains like this.

  4. I too love it when a conspiracy theory comes home to roost, and this is the best example of badly thought out emotionalism coming back to stare balefully at the whinging woowoos who indulge in it.

    You may not have been near the UK at the time, but there was a shock report 12 years or so ago when the Bristol Cancer Clinic (a collection of nutritionists and homoeopaths) stood up and announced glassy eyed that tests had demonstrated their schtick didn’t improve outcomes for cancer patients. It was national news, but before the internet made everything findable, so I can’t get a link.

    The reaction, and non-reactions, to that were interesting too.

    Cheers

    Aphra.

  5. Hah, yeah. But why eat right when you can devour crap and then take a pill, and then shortly thereafter complain about being fat? Vegetables are so over rated. Cough.

    The kind of C-vitamines that you desolve in water will stay with me though. Yummy.

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