Tuesday, June 28, 2011
No Use for Nutrilite Vitamins
One day Ambot opens his expensive box of shit from Amway and pulls out a bunch of Nutrilite vitamins that his upline has brainwashed him into believing he had to have.
One of the useless vitamins he pulled forth was called Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables.
What the fuck do we need this for? I asked him.
This is to make sure we get our 5 to 10 fruits and vegetables each day he says.
Are you shitting me? I ask.
I mean what is wrong with this picture? Taking 2 vitamins a day because some asshole from the stage says you can take them instead of eating healthy fresh fruit and vegetables. What kind of a fucking moron believes that bullshit? Answer - a brainwashed IBO.
Since when do we have trouble getting our 5 to 10 a day? OK, maybe when we have to attend an Amway function getting in healthy meals might be challenging.
I was brought up to eat an orange or half a grapefruit with my breakfast every day so that is probably the only meal of the day where I might only have one serving of fruit. Sometimes 2 servings if you count juice. I’m not real big on drinking juice and calling it the same thing as a serving of fruit. I guess its the same way I feel about eating a vitamin and calling it the same thing as eating a fruit. I usually have juice in the house but I don’t necessarily drink it at breakfast time. I’m more likely to make a strawberry or banana smoothie to drink at breakfast or mid-morning than drink juice.
For lunch and dinner I usually eat 2 or 3 fruits and/or vegetables. Salads made with either fruits or veggies or sometimes fruit is part of the dessert. Gotta love those banana splits!
I was always told if I was hungry to eat an apple. If I wasn’t hungry enough to eat an apple then I wasn’t hungry. I remember that old saying about how an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I eat at least one apple everyday, usually more. Seems to be working. No health issues. A person like me who shops at least once a week at a produce store has a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables in the crisper. I also grow my own fruits and vegetables. I have 5 apple trees around the yard and a few other fruit trees. I grow rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries too. Nice going out in the morning when they’re in season and having fresh berries with my cereal. I’m not big on growing vegetables and technically that rhubarb is a vegetable but I have potatoes, onions, lettuce, pumpkins, and tomatoes on the grow right now.
Do I sound like a person who needs to take 2 Nutrilite vitamins daily to get my 5 to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables? Sometimes I can get in my daily intake just be wandering around my garden and snacking!
Nutrilite Fruit and Vegetable vitamins cost $40.99. There are 60 vitamins in a bottle but you gotta take 2 a day so it only lasts a month. Amway was kind enough to break down the amount down on their website - costs $1.37 per day. They are very careful to say 2 vitamins a day = the amount of phytonutrients in over 10 servings of fruit and veggies though it excludes mentioning which 10 fruits and vegetables were part of this study. Hell they exclude who did the survey. Maybe some Amway employees penned it after a night of drinking!
Why don’t we look at a real study? This is from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. This study rates the benefits of 84 vegetables. Hmm. Maybe I need to start eating more kale.....
I usually spend less than $20/week on fresh fruit and vegetables but lets call it $20 for the sake of rounding up. Divided by 2 people is $10/week for this good stuff. Divide by 7 days = $1.43 a day to get 5 to 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Just pennies a day more than Amway's 2 vitamins. For real food. Good food that you can actually eat and not feel hungry afterwards. I can't say that about vitamins!
The bigger picture is what are people not getting by eating those shitty vitamins instead of fresh fruit and vegetables. The health benefits. Many fruits and vegetables are thought to be cancer fighters, help prevent osteoporosis, and other possible benefits for preventing some illnesses. What about fibre? What about Vitamins A, B, and C? What about Potassium? What about Iron? I could go on and on but I'm sure you get the picture.
None of that in those Nutrilite concentrated fruit and vegetable vitamins. Or maybe there is but its not listed on Amway's nutritional information on their web page. Could be trace amounts.
There are other options available such as V8 juices and similar juices that equal 2 fruit servings by drinking a glass. Its not my first choice but it would be preferable to gulping back 2 vitamins.
I can not fill up on 2 vitamins a day the way I can by eating an apple, a banana, a cup of grapes, sticking a sweet potato in the microwave, or adding a tomato to my sandwich. I’m already at 5 servings of fruit and vegetables and its probably not even dinnertime. Its not hard to get those servings in. Even the Center for Science in the Public Interest wraps it up quickly.
One more article from the Center for Science in the Public Interest on the 10 Worst and Best Foods you can eat. I look at the 10 best and I eat a lot of those foods frequently though I admit I don’t usually have broccoli in the house. I don’t like preparing it but if someone else prepares it I’ll eat it. I love mangos but I have a problem with choosing them or I take too long to eat them and they go bad. I buy frozen mangos and put them in a bowl to thaw out an hour or two before I want to eat them.
And the point is? Eating frozen fruits and vegetables is still better than eating 2 vitamins.
Nutrilite sucks! So do those assholes that tell you to eat vitamins instead of fresh produce!
And now its time for me to go water my garden!