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Nutrition from Real Food

Nutrition from Real Food

Getting Your Nutrition from Real Food is a Good
Habit for Life

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Many people think popping a multi-vitamin supplement to get their nutrients is just as good as what comes from real foods. They don’t realize that it is far better to get vitamins and minerals from natural real foods and juices.

Our bodies utilize the vitamins and minerals from real foods more efficiently.

And most people find it much easier to select a variety of whole real food they enjoy eating instead of trying to make heads or tails of the entire selection of vitamin and mineral supplements that are available.

And any of us who’ve swallowed a multi-vitamin, or a mineral supplement can say without a doubt that the taste leaves a lot to be desired.

Breaking Down Supplements

Supplements are also difficult for our bodies to break down and use, making it difficult to get the full punch from the vitamins and minerals they contain.

Conversely, by consuming plenty of nutrient-dense real food to get the equivalent means the nutrients are going to be easier for the body to process and utilize, and less likely to be wasted.

We are also processing nutrients throughout the course of the day when we obtain them from food, instead of just getting them from the ‘one a day’ approach.

Many of the supplements available today use fillers and binders to hold them together, plus coatings on the tablets themselves.

supplements to replace real food

Here’s a list of common binders, fillers and excipients:

Artificial Colors: 

Used to enhance the look of supplements, some artificial coloring is natural while others are not. Some people are allergic to artificial coloring.

Calcium Phosphate: 

Helps to keep the tablet from breaking apart in the bottle. Composed of calcium and phosphorus, which are nutritional minerals.


Vegan thickening agent derived from red seaweed. While a few studies suggest it may cause gastrointestinal distress and inflammation that would only occur at high intake levels.

Citric Acid: 

Flavoring and preserving agent produced from highly purified corn. 

Croscarmellose Sodium: 

A “wicking agent” used to draw moisture into a tablet so it breaks apart quickly in the stomach, where it should, so the contents can be properly absorbed.


Used for capsules and sofgels. (Not vegan.)


(HPMC) Plant-based substance used for capsule coatings.


Another form of cellulose from plant fiber used to make vegetarian-friendly capsules.

Stearic Acid:

A saturated fat that functions as a binding agent for compression of the tablet. 

Silica Dioxide: 

Also known as “silica.” Functions as a filler to maintain shape of the capsule so it doesn’t collapse during the bottling process.

Rice flower: 

Powered rice, also functions as a filler.

Titanium Dioxide: 

Coloring agent for white tablets, imparts white color to the tablet coating.

Magnesium Stearate: 

Excipient used as a lubricant in capsule manufacturing to help the material flow through the encapsulation machine without sticking. Composed of magnesium (a nutritional mineral) and stearic acid derived from vegetable oil. 

Microcrystalline Cellulose:

Plant fiber. Indigestible; passes unabsorbed through the digestion system.

Vegetable Wax:

Binds ingredients together; passes right through the body unabsorbed. 

Xylitol: Non-caloric sugar substitute.

May be referred to as a “sugar alcohol” but is not the same as the “alcohol” in alcoholic beverages. Xylitol and other related sweeteners such as Sorbitol and Mannitol, are safe and approved for food products and dietary supplements.

Xylitol helps fight cavities and is used in “anti-cavity” chewing gums for that reason.

Sugar alcohols can occasionally cause stomach discomfort if consumed in large quantities, but the amount used in dietary supplements are generally not an issue for the average consumer.

These are products the body does not need and will not use.

Some people find they are allergic to the dyes and fillers used in vitamin pills.

However, the body uses the fiber that binds fruits and vegetables.

Often the “skin” of a vegetable, like the potato, is the most nutritious part.

In addition, sometimes the vitamin and mineral supplements can upset our stomachs, making taking them even more difficult the next day.

In many cases, combining supplements can counteract their effectiveness and can produce stomach upset when dealing with the taste and smell of some supplements.

Nutrition from Real Food Real Food Aids Digestion

On the other hand, a variety of fruits and vegetables enhance the flavor of a nutritious meal and their fiber aids digestion.

If you’re looking to lose weight, eating fresh food is vital to a weight loss plan.

Also, eating fresh fruits and vegetables help hair, skin and teeth stay attractive and healthy. And when you think about it, fruits and vegetables are the original ‘to go’ food.

It’s simple to grab for an orange, apple, banana, grapes, or quickly toss a few vegetables together for a salad to take to work.

So when you’re looking for well-balanced, healthy, reliable nutrition, don’t reach for the bottle. Reach for the real food!

Choosing reliable and healthy supplements

When required a healthy supplement has its place especially for those who are transitioning to a vegan diet.

As we journey a little deeper, we soon become aware and familiar with the very delicate drops and dews required by our specific anatomy.

Nature becomes our friend again. There are a myriad of vitamins and supplements that targets specific requirements, beautifully tinctures and formulated for the fine-tuning of our bodies.

We often find ourselves standing in front of a shop shelve, with hundreds of brand names in colorful packaging, at exorbitant prices, thinking, I don’t understand what I am looking for!

We don’t understand the preservatives, are they doing more harm than good?

Are They Vegan?

Essential Vegan Supplements & Nutrition’s

At Vegan Health Store, we understand the difficulty young, and even the more polished vegans out there encounter.

The basis for good health is a lifestyle that includes a sensible diet with vitamins nutrition supplements, sufficient quality sleep, moderate exercise and weight management.

High-quality, anti-aging vegan nutrition supplements help fill in the gaps everyone will have in their diet. The essential nutrients that the body needs are extensive and complex. Vitamins and minerals are just the beginning.

Other nutrients that provide significant anti-aging benefits are the key to improved energy, better health and freedom from disease.

The best vitamins nutrition supplements cannot be the one-a-day type and the reason is simple. One tablet cannot hold all that’s needed in necessary quantities as it would be way too large to swallow.

One-a-day vitamins are probably a waste of money as studies have shown. When trying to design your own supplement plan, however, it’s easy to end up with a dozen or more individual substances to take daily, which is both a hassle and costly.

And women really need a different vitamin formula than men. Women’s vitamins nutrition supplements should contain nutrients proven to support the balancing of female hormones for women in their 30’s and beyond. Men’s vitamin supplements should contain ingredients that support male prostate health.

Fortunately, there are manufacturers that provide quality vitamins nutrition supplements at reasonable prices. One manufacturer even has the individual ingredients linked to the relevant clinical studies. Before spending your money, be as informed as you can about the nutrient products you’ll be taking every day.

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Browse our hand picked selection of tinctures, vitamins, drops and health products for those specific items you simply can’t find.

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Author Bio

Wanda Tandy Nutro Vegan

Through my personal experience, I have no doubt that disease and ailments can be greatly improved, if not cured, by a healthy diet and lifestyle.As I work with clients, I encourage them to let go of the idea that only medicine can treat disease, that is simply not true. Food is fuel.

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