Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Social Entrepreneurs And Global Malnutrition

Malnourished children receive donated food.A group of social entrepreneurs have selected a worthy challenge indeed.. attacking global malnutrition

Social entrepreneurs, according to Wikipedia, recognize a social problem and use entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change. 

They are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most presing social problems.  Ambitious and persistent, they tackle major social issues and offer new ideas for wide-scale change.

Global malnutrition is a huge social problem.  According to the UN World Food Programme 925 million people do not have enough to eat.  10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year.  Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths.

Malnutrition is more than a measure of what we eat or fail to eat.  It is characterized by inadequate intake of protein, energy and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and by frequent infections and diseases.  When people are starved of the right nutrition they will die from common infections like measles and diarrhea.  Continue reading Social Entrepreneurs And Global Malnutrition

Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

Les Miles, LSU head football coachWho’s eating their greens?

During the LSU football game against Alabama on Nov. 6, Les Miles, LSU Head Coach, was observed eating some of the Tiger Stadium grass.  Questioned about it after the game Miles said he does it every game.

No matter whether he eats grass to attain some sort of karmic “oneness” with the field or for the protein, it’s not too healthy to eat grass off a football field that’s probably maintained with all kinds of chemical fertilizers.  It might also be a good idea to wash the grass off before eating it because of possible windborne chemical contamination from nearby industrial plants along the Mississippi River.  How’s he going to flush those toxins out of his body?

Even though football stadium grass is probably not the ideal source, green plants, especially in their natural state, do provide many important nutrients.

Adding more greens to our diet is a smart thing to do and has many health benefits.  The American Dietetic Association in a paper titled “Eating Plants for Health: From Fiber to Phytochemicals” described the health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet, especially with a concurrent reduction in the consumption of animal products.  A plant-based diet has been linked to lower rates of many serious health problems.  Continue reading Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?