- Do you take multivitamins? Why or why not?
- What is your daily meal plan? Tell me more about it.
- preference /PREF-er-uhns/
- well-balanced /WEL-BAL-uhnst/
- sufficient /suh-FISH-uhnt/
- longevity /lon-JEV-i-tee/
- advisable /ad-VAHY-zuh-buhl/
- over-the-counter /OH-ver-thuh-KOUN-ter/
[noun] the fact of liking or wanting one thing more than another
The manager has his own preference in choosing employees.
[adjective] a well-balanced group of foods together provide a good range of the things you need to stay healthy
Parents should always prepare well-balanced meals for their kids.
[adjective] enough for a particular purpose
The evidence is not sufficient to convict him.
[noun] a long life
He always makes sure to eat healthy food and have a regular exercise for his longevity.
[noun] if something is advisable, it will avoid problems if you do it
It is advisable to visit a doctor first before taking any medication.
[adjective] legally sold without a prescription
Over-the-counter pain relievers are cheap and easy to find.
Most people who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables take dietary supplements to get the nutrients they need. 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 do not improve one’s health.
The researchers examined the data of 30,000 U.S. adults who took supplements and joined 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 a sufficient 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 may add to one’s longevity.
On the other hand, there are few people who benefit from supplements, including older people who struggle in absorbing food nutrients and those who have dietary limitations. 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.
- According to the article, how many people died during the study period?
- How long did the study period last?
- In the article, vitamins A, K, D, and calcium are effective if it comes from what?
- How many participants joined the survey?
- Based on the article, who benefits from supplements?
- What is your opinion on the new study found?
- Why do you think it is advisable for an average person to eat healthy foods?
- If food supplements are not effective, why do you think are they still in the market? Explain your answer.
- Do you have a well-balanced diet? Why or why not?
- In your own opinion, what is the secret to a long life?