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I don’t like fruit and vegetables so I just take a multi-vitamin instead is that ok?


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I don’t like fruit and vegetables so I just take a multi-vitamin instead is that ok?

It probably wouldn’t come to a surprise to you that vitamins and minerals are essential to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly. Supplements, like multivitamins, often claim to fulfil your nutritional requirements in replacement of food, but do supplements really live up to their promises, and are they for everyone?

Are supplements better than food?

Consuming a varied and balanced diet should give us all the vitamins and minerals we need for our bodies to function properly. Unfortunately, most Australians do not consume a diet that would theoretically provide their nutritional requirements, and therefore are probably missing out on key vitamins and minerals.

So, whilst you might be thinking that a supplement is the easy answer to a lacking diet, this isn’t quite the case. Foods are complex, and contain many different types of nutrients. Taking a supplement in replacement of fruit and vegetables doesn’t provide you with particular nutrients, such as phytochemicals and fibre you would receive from wholefoods.

Food also contains vitamins and minerals in different chemical forms as they occur in nature. For example, Vitamin E occurs naturally in 8 different forms in foods, whereas a supplement will only contain 1-2 forms. Some supplements also have uncomfortable side effects, for example, iron supplements are well known to result in constipation.

Additionally, supplements are far more expensive than whole foods, so why break the bank??

Who needs supplements?

Some populations do require supplements for a variety of reasons that makes them unable to achieve their vitamin and mineral requirements from their diet. Some examples include pregnancy, people with limited sun exposure, malabsorption problems, swallowing difficulties and medically diagnosed deficiencies.

The bottom line:

Overall, supplements are not ideal to replace a healthy, balanced diet. If you have a diagnosed deficiency or requirements to take supplements, such as pregnancy, then medically supervised supplements may be beneficial for you. If you feel you could be lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, it is better to look at changing your diet and lifestyle first, rather than reaching for supplements.

For more information about supplements check this out: https://theconversation.com/health-check-can-vitamins-supplement-a-poor-diet-62291 or take our Healthy Eating Quiz to if your diet could be improved before you hit the chemist.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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