For the latter half of the 20th century, reductionism in nutrition was all the rage. Instead of tomatoes, we wanted the lycopene. Instead of carrots, carotenoids. Not wine, but resveratrol—and maybe I’ll still drink to that.
But that’s so last year. Today’s first world problem is how to get all the wholesome goodness of a multivitamin without having to choke down a horse pill.
Nutrient-dense whole foods are the centerpiece, and full-spectrum herbal extracts give us everything but the water and fiber. Powdered nutrition started as infant formula, moved to meal replacements for dieters, and now includes DIY smoothie additives that contain vitamins, fruits and veggies and more.
Drinks are playing along—astute label readers will note that some have the classic Nutrition Facts box, while others (especially energy drinks) use the Supplement Facts panels instead. What gives? Even the FDA is having trouble deciding whether these nutritional products are foods. But apart from regulators, does anyone really care about those blurred lines—as long as we can get enough nutrients and use them to thrive?
You decide: Is it a food, a drink or a supplement?
Munch this functional food right before bedtime, and the chamomile will promote a restful sleep—just like an herbal tea or a nighty-night supplement brand. Brush your teeth, and hit the pillow!
Garden of Life has a lot of nutritional powders in plastic tubs. This one is technically a weight loss supplement (20 grams of protein, 170 calories), while its Raw Organic Meal (20 grams of protein, 120 calories) is a meal-replacement food, based on its Nutrition Facts panel. Just put it in your blender and power up.
This refreshing beverage is packed with electrolytes for athletes, vitamins and omega-3s for the nutritionally aware, plus a hemp extract infusion for the hipster. The Supplement Facts box means it’s technically a supplement, but it swallows like a drink.
Eve meets Alice in this pill that contains only the powders of fruits and vegetables. That makes it a food, though it swallows just like a supplement. This is a solid, all-natural nutritional foundation for your day.
Here’s a multi’s worth of fruits and veggies in a gummy, which makes it seem more like candy than a nutrition pill.
Each tablet looks like a traditional multivitamin pill. But why then is it called a “multi-food?” We can thank 200 mg of ten organic fruits and vegetables, plus nine other “supernutrients” the likes of curcumin, resveratrol and lutein. The most nutritious meal ever, save the calories.
Mushrooms are the original crossover plant, consumed for millennia to enhance everything from vitality to immunity. This full-spectrum mushroom blend is said to improve a range of bodily functions necessary for better chi. Got that, grasshopper?
Blurred lines: Is it a food or a supplement? @deliciousliving @ToddRunestad #nutrition
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