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NewsBites February 2010 Issue

Dieticians Endorse Food Over Pills

The American Dietetic Association says a nutritious diet, not pills, is the best way to promote health and reduce the risk of disease. In a new position statement, the dieticians’ group stated, “The best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods.” Citing concerns that consumers lack information on the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements, the association called on its membership to keep abreast of research findings on supplements and help educate the public. The position paper did add, “Additional nutrients from supplements can help some people meet their nutrition needs as specified by science-based nutrition standards such as the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI).”

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