Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to return to the topic of supplements. As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of getting your nutrition through pills. I strongly believe in eating a well balanced, healthy diet to fulfill your nutritional needs. Of course there are exceptions, but on the whole, relying on pills isn’t the best idea. I’m particularly wary because the food and supplement industry will always hop on the latest food trend and try to convince us that we need another pill to be healthy.
The latest supplement I’ve read about is green-tea extract. A lot of studies do indeed seem to point to the healthy benefits of green tea. Observational studies have shown that green tea drinkers have fewer obesity related illnesses and also have higher bone density. However, more research needs to be done to understand the connection between green tea and these benefits.
The supplement industry hopped on this research and now sells green tea extract pills. They boast all sorts of benefits – from promises of weight loss to keeping your bones strong. However, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, these pills had no impact on bone health or weight loss. There was no difference in body mass between participants who took placebos and those who took the green tea pills. Zero benefits. Yet, because of the lack of supplement regulation, these pills remain on the market, claiming unsubstantiated or completely false health claims.
If you are looking for vitamins, eat a salad. If you are looking for the potential health benefits of green tea, brew a pot. If you need more fiber in your diet, eat oatmeal and chia seeds! Health cannot be found in a pill!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!