- enticing /en-TAYHSING/
- supplant /suh-PLANT/
- adequate /AD-i-kwit/
- prolong /pruh-LAWNG/
- lifespan /lahyfspan/
- claim /kleym/
[adjective] something that is enticing attracts you to it by offering you advantages or pleasure
I didn’t expect that enticing job offer I received yesterday, it was really good news!
[verb] to replace
E-books were made to supplant printed books and some are not happy about it.
[adjective] enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose
The snacks given to the kids were not adequate so it caused chaos during the program.
[verb] to make something last a longer time
We were enjoying each other’s company that we decided to prolong our stay until tomorrow.
[noun] the length of time for which a person, animal, or thing exists
The estimated lifespan of the AI robots is 50 years, which is almost the same as humans.
[noun] a statement that something is true or is a fact, although other people might not believe it
I am in no position to support his claim given that it doesn’t have a lot of evidence.
Most people who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables take dietary supplements as a substitute for the nutrients that their body needs. Multivitamins and supplements may be easily found in drug stores which is a great convenience for some. However, a new study of the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that the nutrients from supplements are not healthy at all.
The researchers examined the data of 30,000 U.S. adults who took supplements and participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2000. After six years of follow-up period, the study found out that more than 3,600 people died. This shows that food supplements didn’t actually lower the risk of early death.
In fact, people who took calcium via supplements had a 53% chance of dying from cancer than those who were not. Those who took vitamin D supplements but were not actually in need of such vitamin had a higher chance of dying during the study period. Surprisingly, not taking vitamin D supplements didn’t increase the death risk of those who were lacking in vitamin D.
It is true that getting an adequate amount of vitamins A, K, D, and calcium is good for the body but only if those nutrients come from food and not supplements. Also, having the right quantities of nutrients from healthy foods prolongs one’s lifespan.
Despite the claim, there are few people who benefit from supplements, including the elderly who suffer from food absorption and those who have dietary restrictions. But, it is still advisable for an average person to have a balanced diet that contains fruits and vegetables, rather than sticking to over-the-counter solutions.
- What do people who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables take to get nutrients?
- In the article, what makes multivitamins and supplements convenient for some?
- According to the article, what happened to people who took calcium via supplements?
- What happens if people have the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods?
- Based on the article, who benefits from supplements?
- Do you agree that food supplements and healthy foods don’t have the same amount of nutrients? Why or why not?
- What do you think are the kinds of nutrients that your body needs? Explain your answer.
- If supplements are not good for the body, should manufacturers stop producing them? Justify your answer.
- What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of dietary supplements?
- In your own opinion, what should people do to increase longevity? Explain your answer.