An apple contains about 100 million bacteria—a more diverse range than any dietary supplement.
“Research indicates that the benefits of whole fruits and vegetables cannot be distilled down into a pill. Many of the health effects may be mediated by the impact of substantial portions of healthy fibers and associated phytochemicals on fostering a favorable intestinal microbiome, thus affecting metabolism, immunity, and even mood.”
The marketers claim that a few pills yield the equivalent of “the real nutrition of over 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.” But how can that be, when hundreds of grams of fiber, polyphenols, live enzymes (which may not survive the dehydration process) and other crucial health-supporting substances are not present?
I’m still wary of the concept of completely replacing whole foods with powders or capsules, although I definitely believe in the power of supplements to fulfill a nutritional need where the basics are not being met.
I don’t agree that you need to pay someone to dehydrate all your fruits and veggies, but I do think that supplementation can add powerful nutrients that may be missing from an otherwise healthy diet.
We think that this product is not living up to their claims. In fact, some of the information can be misleading. It is also hard to consume these many pills in a day, and it is expensive to follow this regimen every month.
There are a lot of fruit and veggie supplements hitting the market these days but there is one I’ve taken for over 20 years: Balance of Nature. While this post isn’t sponsored, it’s a brand I wholeheartedly believe in and trust. I RARELY recommend supplements (or share what I take, for that matter) since everyone’s needs are so different. But, these are ones I feel are a great fit for nearly everyone.
Despite getting more health-conscious over the years, many people are still not eating enough of these foods. This is why manufacturers have seized the opportunity to create natural alternatives for the average person. Two such examples are Balance of Nature and Juice Plus.
Worst case scenario is they are just as ineffective as all the multivitamins out there and you waste just as much money each month as you were on all those vitamin supplement pills. But best case scenario is that they provide you with all the same nutrition as whole fruits and vegetables and give your body what it needs to stay healthy.
Balance of Nature is one of the fastest growing supplement companies, due mostly to their enormous marketing budget. The company sells produce-based whole food supplements, and suggests with their marketing that these can replace whole produce intake in the context of a diet: “You need more fruits and vegetables. Balance of Nature can help.”
Full lives are filled with fruits and veggies. Help your body help itself.
Break up with blah.