lebn at GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU
Fri Apr 7 11:01:01 PDT 2000
Colleagues and others on the list serve,
The messages on this list serve appear to be evolving into promotions for
commercial products rather than contributing to a research-based scholarly
forum. I'm disappointed and will probably be deleting my email address from
the list serve. Perhaps if the discussions continue in this vein, all of
those who prefer a more research-based approach will leave and the list
serve will be left to those who all have just about the same opinion ...
that the food supply is basically worthless nutritionally and that we all
need to take a variety of supplements, herbals, powders, and potions
(whether or not they have been shown to be safe and effective). I do not
agree with this approach but can't really take the time to dispute every one
of the messages that have promoted the anti-food establishment party line.
I wish you all the best.
Linda Bobroff, Univ of Florida
> -----Original Message-----
> From: PHNUTR-L-owner at u.washington.edu
> [mailto:PHNUTR-L-owner at u.washington.edu]On Behalf Of Robert Heltman
> Sent: Friday, April 07, 2000 11:53 AM
> To: Public Health Nutrition Discussion and Information Group
> Subject: Food Supplements
> Dear Health Firsters:
> There has been some recent posting activity about Food Supplements.
> You experts may want to define the term and break it down into more useful
> For instance, there are organic whole food supplements, like Klamath Lake
> Blue Green Algae, some barleygreen powders, some wheatgrass powders, and
> perhaps others. I imagine dehydrated garlic, parsley, etc. would
> be in this
> category too.
> Especially in this arena, there are good a bad processing
> methods. The
> best use dehydrating methods that do not go above about 104 degrees, so
> enzymes are not destroyed. Some use air drying, some freeze drying. Some
> bond the powders with maltodextrose or the like to assure minimal nutrient
> loss, etc.
> There are non-organic whole food supplements, like man made ponds with man
> selected nutrient fed algae of various types, barleygreen from non-organic
> farms, etc.
> Then there are partial food supplements like zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin C in
> various concentrations, magnesium-calcium-zinc combinations and on and on.
> Maybe some of the "health bars" with Zone mixes of
> proteins-carbohydrates-etc. come in here.
> Some of these are "naturally" derived and some are produced
> Arguments abound about the need for associated nutrients to make the prime
> nutrient function properly and on and on and on. Of course, there is the
> war between "natural" and "synthetic."
> Then there are powders, syrups, food bars, tablets, and capsules,
> and of the
> capsules those that do and those that don't use animal products in their
> manufacture. And arguments about slowly dissolving under the tongue,
> tablets being chewed or not, some tablets or capsules breaking down or not
> breaking down in the GI tract, ad nauseum.
> As I understand it, the "best" supplements are of the organic whole food
> variety as they provide missing micronutrients not provided these days in
> the nation's commercial food system, and they do so "in balance" which is
> another key concept. I hear that taking specific supplements can be less
> healthy as it causes various "imbalances"...unless a specific need is
> determined by a qualified health care practitioner and the specific type
> supplement is utilized to fill the gap, temporarily it is hoped.
> Then there are colon and artery cleansers, and perhaps other ingested
> products for various purposes. Grapefruit pectin is "in" lately, to clean
> out the arteries. Is it a supplement or not, especially if it is not
> essentially absorbed into the blood stream? Hmmmmmm.
> As to the answer to the question "Are supplements good or bad?" the answer
> clearly is "yes" and "no."
> Like people; are they good or bad? Answer: Yup.
> Keep smiling.
> Bests, Bob
> Robert (Bob) F. Heltman
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