This graph was on one of the links in Tuesday’s Powerpoint, and the 52% of food safety NOT being backed by science inspired me to look up facts about how food and dietary supplements are not approved by the FDA. (Food and Drug Association) I’ve always heard about how vitamins and supplements really have no scientific backing but are still widely sold and distributed and raved about. Sometimes I get caught believing that supplements will be better for me than real live food, and obviously supplements are more convenient to consume as a busy college kid who also works part time, so why wouldn’t I rely on protein shakes and vitamin pills? Besides them being very pricey, I think that the fact that they aren’t approved by the FDA makes me weary of them.
I googled “Are dietary supplements approved by the FDA?” and this is the response I got from http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194344.htm:
“No. Dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors are not required to obtain approval from FDA before marketing dietary supplements. Before a firm markets a dietary supplement, the firm is responsible for ensuring that
- the products it manufactures or distributes are safe
- any claims made about the products are not false or misleading
- the products comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations in all other respects”
So why are people so drawn to these supplements?
I think personally that it is a result of a sedentary society that aims to find the most convenient, run-around ways of being healthy. We don’t want to work for our health, we want it marketed towards us in doses. We want to feel good about making “healthy” decisions and look good to other people doing it. We do very little to work for our health, make healthy, balanced meals with fresh food, drink enough pure water, get enough protein without the protein shake, etc. It takes time to work for our health. I hope that science will eventually prevail and people will realize that working for our fitness and nutrition is the only way to truly feel satisfied and be healthy.