is something missing from "health food" stores:
I'll concede that many "health food" stores do in
fact carry some actual grocery items like bread, juice, nuts,
seeds and at times frozen foods, but this is only a recent
inception for most of them, and the selection is limited to
high priced specialty food items. Try to find apples in a
health food store though and you'll come up empty. There is
something not quite right about a store who's employees seem
to be anti "conventional medicine", with one of
their sales pitches being that conventional medicine doesn't
care about you, they just want to prescribe pills for you
to buy. The alternative? The health food stores miracle elixir
made from goat genitals and pine needles - in an easy to swallow
pill. Interesting that "health food" stores are
wall-to-wall pill and powder shops where the majority
of retail floor space is filled with pills and jars of powdered
also find it interesting that a style of retail store that
seems to embody an anti-pharmaceutical protest centre, sells
products made in labs that claim to have "pharmaceutical
grade" supplements. Hello? You want health food? Go to
your local grocery store and buy bananas and blueberries.
And yes chicken and fish are healthy eating too.
remember going into a health food store to buy a PowerBar
for a training ride. I happened to get into a "discussion"
with the person behind the till who informed me that I shouldn't
expect to get my nutrition from fruits and vegetables, because
our crops are grown in soil with no nutrients due to over-farming.
I asked that if the soil has no nutrients, how is it that
the crops grow? That got me the classic deer-in-headlights
response. I then asked that if all of North America is consuming
food that has no nutritive value, why is it that there is
no scurvy epidemic, or a massive health emergency caused by
was now looking at a cross-eyed deer in the headlights. If
the sales person had spun their head I'm sure I would have
heard the sound of a pea rolling around in there, or perhaps
a pill. Cheap-shots aside, it appears that to sell all these
pills the health food stores have to propagate urban myths
and push antiestablishment concepts to justify the goods they
about this delightful nugget; fruits and vegetables have phytochemicals
(phyto= plant). It is thought that phytochemicals play
an integral role in how vitamins are absorbed from the foods
we eat. Supplement companies now sell vitamins with phytochemicals
added with the ironic claim that the pill is absorbed just
like food. Uh-hu. So food must be pretty special if supplement
companies are trying to reproduce its properties. Is that
like having your glasses on your forehead and asking, "where
are my glasses"? I can see the satire now: Lab techs
in white coats are pulling their hair out holding an apple
and desperately deliberating, "We must discover how this
works (the apple), we must unlock the chemical secrets inside!"
Just then the mail room guy walks by, grabs the apple and
takes a bite. The lab geeks are dumbfounded.
real health food? Check out this review
of Happy Planet Juice. They make juice with, wait for
it... nothing but real food. Who would think of doing such
about how backwards we have become: Most people think of pills
when they think of vitamins and minerals. Test your self;
What is the first image or thought that comes into your mind
when the topic of vitamins is brought up? Do you think of
the original source - food: Fruits, vegetables, grains? Or
do you think of bottles of pills? Ironic. People will go to
a "health food" store to buy vitamin pills and not
even think about the local grocery stores produce section
as a viable source of vitamins.
fact is your local grocery store is the best vitamin store
you can find. There is isle after isle of nutrient dense foods
that humans have been living healthily on for millennia. -
Just skip the junk food isle.
Soil has no or little nutrients; therefore the plants grown
in this soil will have no nutrients.
Fact: Plants will either not grow (no nutrients in soil)
or grow less making for smaller crop yields, but with no
change in plant nutrients.
Vitamin pills are needed to meet daily nutritive needs.
Fact: Eating a balanced diet will supply nutrients well
above the minimum RNA (recommended nutrient allowance).
Special pill supplements give an energy boost.
Fact: Almost no supplement in pill form contains any caloric
value; therefore they cannot provide "energy".
They may however, contain caffeine or a caffeine derivative
therefore increasing heart rate and making a person "feel"
of these stimulants have been pulled from the market because
they cause heart function abnormalities.
vitamins from a reliable source? Visit your local grocery
store. Vitamins come in multicolored packages that look suspiciously
like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
for a related article on supplements that increase cancer
2003-2004 Cris LaBossiere Rhino Fitness