Are supplements a waste of money? #askchefgood

Dietary supplements come in many forms, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, concentrates and extracts. But do we need them? Or are supplements a waste of our money?

Whether as tablets, capsules, liquids or powders, it’s pretty likely you’re currently taking or have taken a dietary supplement before.

The ABC says, “More than 60 per cent of all Australians use some type of supplement and the Australian complementary medicine industry reportedly generated $4.7 billion in revenue in 2016, up from $3.5 billion in 2014.”

Most people take supplements to provide additional nutrients that they believe are deficient in their diet. And here in lies, the biggest problem: we’re usually buying supplements because we think we *might* need them, not because a health professional has found a deficiency and prescribed them.

Food is best

In an article for Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Dr JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains that “Usually it is best to try to get these vitamins and minerals and nutrients from food as opposed to supplements.”

And we agree.

If you have a proper diet, packed full of healthy, wholesome and local ingredients you probably won’t need to take any supplements at all.

All of our meals at Chef Good are carefully crafted and designed to meet all of your nutritional requirements. Our chefs work in consultation with a nutritionist to ensure your meals are as healthy as they are delicious.

Are supplements a waste of money?

If you are genuinely concerned your diet is lacking in something; it is always best to consult your GP. Your GP can run the appropriate tests. If they prove that you’re deficient in something your GP will recommend the right supplement for you.

If you’re making guesses when it comes to supplements, chances are you might just be throwing your money down the drain (or toilet as the case may be…).

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