Should I Eat Real Food or Take Supplements?

Eating real food VS taking supplements has been a constant debate. I have explored both sides and been on both sides of the spectrum and understand the benefits of both. I am going to break down my thoughts in this blog.

God intended for us to eat real food to nourish our bodies. That is precisely why He made such a wide range of foods to be enjoyed. As Dr Caroline Leaf puts it - Real food is wired for love intended for a variety of benefits. Food is used to nourish us and provide us with the right nutrition so that our body can function to it's full potential. How God intended real food to be is fresh, nutritious, seasonal, free of chemicals and diverse. It is a no brainer that most people would want to eat wholesome real food for a healthy diet because that is precisely how God intended. Food is a blessing from God to keep us full, enjoy the taste and provide nutrition to fuel our body. 

However we also need to know what is going on with the food production process in our society today and what really is the definition of real food. Our society uses the word 'real food' really loosely. We have to understand that there is a difference between real food and organic food. The word organic is often used for marketing purposes to draw consumers to assume it means 'healthy option'. However consumers are falling into the trap of buying into marketing. When we think of organic food, we think of minimally processed, nutritious, seasonal and free from chemicals, however organic foods can actually be refined, highly processed and preserved! Organic food does not equal 'real food'. When food is provided through mass production, there is long distances of transport which means it loses many nutrients. Food is meant to be eaten as fresh as possible, that is why foods rot. So unless you start buying from your local farmers and grow your own fruits and vegetables, you may not be having real foods. 

Another problem with fruits and vegetables grown today is over farming. Due to mass production, our soil today do not have as much nutrients as it did 50 years ago. If there is a lack of nutrients in the soil, it means there is a lack of nutrients in the fruits and vegetables we eat. If you have watched the documentary 'Food Matters' you will understand how our food today is no longer the same as it used to be. We stare down at our plate and we think we see healthy food, but if you knew the way it has been prepared and brought to your plate, you will no longer think the same. 

I love eating a variety of fresh foods, but let's be very honest, we may not be able to really access real food often and hence we may not be taking in the amount of nutrients our body really needs. I still eat as healthy as I can within my ability and source fresh foods where possible, but I do believe that in today's society there is often a need for supplements to make up for the lack of nutrients we are absorbing into our bodies. 

On the other side of the spectrum, with the large amounts of supplements on the market, it can be hard to know what is really good for you. There is so much false advertisement on the market, some in which will tell you how many mgs of a certain nutrient is in the capsule or drink but doesn't let you know how much you are really absorbing. Do your research and know where the ingredients are sourced and how much percentage your body can absorb from different brands. In saying that, don't only rely on supplements as your source of nutrients. I really believe that a combination of both is important and we need to be conscious of where our foods are sourced and where are supplements are sourced to really feed our bodies with an abundance to nourish our mind, body and soul.

I hope this blog has given you some insight to how to eat selectively and in an abundance so that you can choose what is best to nourish yourself. The current mass food production system has damaged God's original intention for eating real food but it is not too late to make the right choices for yourself! 

Alyssa Mak