[quote]The Greek wrote:
Fruits and vegetables are composed of phytonutrients that scientists are still unable to replicate in supplement form. Thus, as Lorez stated, fruits and vegetables offer a substantial benefit to the human body that cannot be achieved by other means. Phytonutrients are completely different from vitamins and minerals.
The “whole foods are better” argument stems from the fact that the body responds much more effectively to vitamins and minerals found in their whole, unprocessed form. Simply meeting nutrient needs via supplementation would be very ineffective, because the body is not able to effectively utilize synthetically created vitamins and minerals, and the majority of those supplements would remain unabsorbed and be excreted. In fact, new research has shown that consuming synthetically produced anti-oxidants actually decreases life span and may in fact harm the body’s innate immune system, leading to an increase in autoimmune diseases. The overwhelming consensus from the scientific community is to eat a diet including a large variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, etc, and to avoid artificial supplementation unless absolutely necessary (Vitamin D would be a good example of an exception to this rule).
The body is an infinitely complex organism striving to maintain homeostasis in several interdependent systems, a process which is still not well understood, thus making it very, very difficult to explain all these intricacies unless you have a formal understanding of human physiology - thus, there really is no simple answer to your question, but I think this should cover most of it!
Sorry for the long post: TL;DR eat a diet composed of a variety of whole foods and avoid artificial supplementation if possible! [/quote]
This is allw ell and good, but ity is pure conjecture, you have provided no scientific data to prove this theory of real food being bettert than supplementing to hit micronutrients.
I am not attacking clean eating. I am not looking for arguements, I was merely hoping proponents of clean eating could provide me some peer reviewed studes, concrete data or anything that overwhelmingly states in clear fact that vitamin and fiber supplements are less effective than eating lots of fruit and or vegetables.
Anything without evidence is not an answer I am looking for.
I myself can find no evidence that clearly proves vitamins from food is superior, more absorbance or gives you any other noticeable benefits.
If you eat a high fat snack with your vitamins the absorption rate is optimal and not an issue.
Anyone who can prove micro nutrients from food are better than those from supplements, please post some evidence.
By the way guys, thanks for the answers, I appreciate the interest but I am only after scientific data, not personal anecdotes.