I recently had a bit of a debate with a nutritionist on Reddit about “real food” vs supplements and nutritionally complete foods. It all started when somebody asked for some advice about supplements and this nutritionist posted a reply saying that supplements are not ncessary if you eat properly. I replied saying that that’s not necessarily true because food is less nutritious these days due to over-farming and the distances food often travels.
Essentially, their view was that everyone should be eating freshly prepared, locally produced food, which will give you all the nutrients your body needs, and if you don’t do this and you take shortcuts either via supplements or meal replacement products then you’re lazy, and that nobody really has any excuses not to eat properly to get all their nutrients from food.
I argued that it’s unfair to label somebody as “lazy” just because they choose not to spend time sourcing and preparing food and instead decide to use more convenient means to make sure their nutrition needs are met. Just because somebody decides to take shortcuts in one area of life, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are lazy in other areas of life. That person might spend some of their time exercising, improving themselves in other ways, or indeed relaxing which let’s not forget is important too.
I asked them for information on what they eat and/or what they recommend their clients eat, and there was definitely an emphasis on enimal products, but with a lot of green veg too. I asked them what they recommend to their vegan clients and they said they refuse to have vegan clients and think that vegans are misguided or words to that effect.
I told them that I am interested in making my own nutritionally complete food via the DIY website, but they seemed to think this was a foolish way to go, and they said that evidence clearly shows that it’s better for our health if we get our nutrition from “real food”.
Discuss. Best reply wins a prize. Probably. Okay, I might be lying about that.