As promised in our March is nutrition month, we will be publishing one food & nutrition myth per day, written by Dietitians of Canada, so that you can “Get the real deal on your meal“.
MYTH: You need vitamin and mineral supplements to be healthy
THE TRUTH: Vitamin and mineral supplements can’t replace the benefits of healthy food or provide nutrients such as fibre, carbohydrates, essential fats and protein. Most healthy people can meet their vitamin and mineral needs by following Canada’s Food Guide. There are some times in your life, however, when you might need supplements. For example, Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adults over the age of 50 take 400 IU of vitamin D each day. Also, women who could become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding need a daily multivitamin with folic acid. Talk to your doctor or Registered Dietitian about your needs before taking any supplements.
Source: Dietitians of Canada