Why Supplements Are Not a Substitute for Fruits and Vegetables

So far, no one has found a magic bullet that works as well as fruits and vegetables against heart disease, cancer, and a host of other chronic diseases. In theory, one could cram all of the good things that plants make—essential elements, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, plant hormones, and so on—into a pill. But it would have to be a very large pill, and no one can honestly say it is known exactly what should go into such a pill. Or in what proportions.
The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables probably come from combinations of compounds that work together. Take the antioxidant pigments known as carotenoids, for example. When you eat a tomato or carrot, the different carotenoids it contains eventually work their way into different types of cells and different parts of each cell.

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This offers antioxidant protection throughout the cell and to a wide variety of cell types. When eaten in the proportions usually found in foods, carotenoids and other phytochemicals probably work together and protect cells at different levels. But when delivered in unnatural proportions—say, via a poorly designed supplement pill—an oversupply of one carotenoid or phytochemical could block the activity of others. This isn’t to say that vitamin and mineral supplements are worthless. As described in chapter 10, vitamin supplements are excellent insurance. But they aren’t a substitute for a healthy diet.

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Health issues aside, the biggest drawback is that a pill would always taste like a pill. It can’t give you the earthy smell and taste of a fresh ear of corn, the sweetness of a juicy tomato still warm from the afternoon sun, the crunch of an apple, the festive green of a snap pea or broccoli floret, or the smooth, nutty taste of an avocado. Stick with real fruits and vegetables—they taste better and contain a bounty of phytochemicals that do not come in capsules.

Fruit or Vegetable?

The “is it a fruit or a vegetable” controversy has been around for years. Back in 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were a vegetable, and they’ve remained so ever since. Why was the highest court in the land asked to make a legal and somewhat unscientific rule like this? Fruit importers John, George, and Frank Nix sued New York’s collector of customs taxes, Edward Hedden, to recover taxes he had levied on a shipment of tomatoes the Nixes had imported from the West Indies. Back then, imported fruits weren’t taxed, while vegetables were. In its decision, the Court acknowledged that tomatoes were technically fruits. But “in the common language of the people,” the Court determined that tomatoes, as well as cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas, “are vegetables which are grown in kitchen gardens” and are usually served at dinner with the main part of the meal and not as dessert.

I am not including potatoes in the vegetable category, even though they are the most popular vegetable in America. I’m sticking with that position even though the potato is one of the few vegetables mentioned by name in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and even though the USDA considers batter-coated frozen potatoes—the ones used to make French fries—to be a fresh vegetable. Like rice and pasta, potatoes are mostly easily digested starch. Studies show that eating potatoes isn’t linked with the same health benefits as is eating other fruits and vegetables.

source: www.healthline.com

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