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Can a Multivitamin Provide Similar Nutrition Like a Salad?


Q. Would eating a mixed vegetable salad be like taking a vitamin tablet?
A. A typical multivitamin contains 10 to 25 isolated nutrients.  The problem associated with isolated nutrients is that many vitamins and minerals are not absorbed by the body efficiently.  Dietary supplements can’t replace a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Fruits and vegetables can supply nutrients you need in a way that cannot be duplicated by a supplement or combination supplement.  Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of major disease like heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.  More Info: Should You Take Dietary Supplements?



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