Dr. McDougall has many opinions about diet, but I just want to zero in on his message in this video - that taking vitamin supplements comes with risk.
He says that taking isolated, concentrated nutrients creates nutritional imbalances:
"When you flood the system with one particular nutrient like beta carotene or folic acid or vitamin E what happens is that high concentration of that nutrient overwhelms and floods that receptor and the other nutrients can't attach properly to the cells. And so you create nutritional imbalances.I share this view.
What do you do?
You don't eat isolated, concentrated nutrients. Eat them in their original packages like the banana or the potato, so that they're properly mixed, you got some beta carotene and vitamin C and vitamin E and phytonutrients and fibers and so on. All this perfect architecture that looks like a banana or an orange or a potato or a rice grain. These perfect packages designed by nature to work properly in the body when you eat them so that they go into the cells and they're in the proper proportions."
Have you ever had a bad reaction to taking a supplement?