Anyone who has ever walked into a GNC, or watched infomercials at 3am knows how enticing it looks to pop a pill and achieve your fitness goals in 30 days.
Jars and tubs with ingredient lists that could take an hour to read, closer to two hours when you factor in the time to pronounce them. And then look up what they even are; methylsulfonylmethane. But who can resist getting the extra edge, and falling for the “guarantees”. I know I often can’t.
The nutritional supplement industry raked in $32 billion in 2012 and is expected to double by 2021, all while not needing FDA approval before hitting the shelves, scary stuff.
However, the fact remains nutritionists, scientists, and researchers alike do still not fully understand how our bodies interact with all the nutrients in food. It is estimated that 80% of nutrients found in whole food that provide health benefits are still not known. So don’t be surprised if your bottle of wonder supplements doesn’t keep its promises.
When you rely on supplements you sacrifice all the benefits of whole food. Nothing will ever replace working hard, eating right, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep.
And the next time you want a cookie, eat a cookie. Sugar, butter, vanilla, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Not – Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour [Unbleached], Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Non-Hydrogenated Margarine [Natural Oil Blend] (Palm Fruit, Canola, and Olive), Filtered Water, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Lactic Acid (non-dairy), Annatto Extract), Raw Sugar, The Complete Cookie Protein Blend™ (Soy Protein Isolate, Wheat Protein Isolate, Wheat Gluten, Pea Protein), Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips (Chocolate Liqueur, Sugar, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter, Vanilla), Brown Rice Syrup, Filtered Water, Chicory Root Fiber, Oat Fiber, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Baking Soda.