Supplements can’t replace foods in a healthy diet – the best way for your body to get nutrients is from food. Foods deliver nutrition to the body over the course of the day giving your body time to absorb the nutrients, whereas a supplement delivers vitamins or minerals in a single, large dose.
Vitamin and mineral supplements can be useful for people who can’t meet their nutrient targets through food alone.
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating can help you to choose a selection of foods in the right amounts for your age. By following these guidelines and including a variety of different foods in your diet you will be able to meet the RDI for vitamins and minerals.
A good place to start is to aim for two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.
For individual advice and tips on how to include more variety in your healthy eating plan contact an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).