Spending a lot more time inside lately than you’re used to?
In these times of extreme uncertainty, a lot of people have discovered the wisdom of sticking close to home and storing food against possible future shortages. And while that’s a good idea, there is a tradeoff when you reduce your fresh food intake: Reduced nutritional value.
The best solution is to supplement your diet with a high-quality multivitamin (more on that later). But first, here are three big concerns with packaged edibles.
Problem 1: Dry Foods Tend to Be Starchy
Many inexpensive, readily storable foods, such as dried pasta, breakfast cereal and rice, are high in glucose-spiking carbohydrates. That’s especially true if the fibrous bran—which may contain oils that can go rancid in long-term storage—has been stripped away, resulting in white flour, rice and other refined ingredients. (For example, one rice-based product contains 51 grams of carbs per serving, only 2 grams of which are fiber.) In addition, meals-in-a-box may contain significant quantities of sugar and/or salt.
Problem 2: Canned Foods Aren’t a Lot Better
Sugar, salt and preservatives can also be found in canned produce, the other long-term storage favorite. (Additional canned foods, such as soups and stews, tend to carry hefty amounts of salt as well.) What’s more, the nutrients found in the original fruit or vegetable often leach out when the food is processed. Frozen foods generally retain more nutrients but if you're stocking up for, let's say, a family of four for several weeks, you better have a pretty big freezer.
Problem 3: Many People Suffer from Nutrient Deficits Under Normal Circumstances
Eating a largely packaged diet would be less damaging from a nutritional standpoint if so many Americans weren’t already lacking in crucial vitamins and minerals. For example, one survey found that fewer than 15% of teenage girls, fewer than 10% of women over 50, and fewer than 22% of teenage boys and men over 50 get enough calcium. Almost half the US population doesn’t get enough magnesium and 42% doesn’t get enough vitamin D (a percentage that rises to 74% among older adults). About 30% of women in their childbearing years are low on iron; vegetarians and children are also at risk. In addition, vegetarians and seniors are subject to deficiencies in vitamin B12.
The best solution is to supplement your diet with a high-quality multivitamin from a manufacturer that employs tight quality control standards and third-party testing to assure that you’re getting what you’re paying for.
Source of Life GOLD from NaturesPlus, a family of products based on concentrated whole foods, meets those benchmarks. All Source of Life GOLD multivitamins pack up to 10 times the nutrient concentration into each tablet, mini-tab or capsule while still dissolving rapidly for optimal absorption (and are available in chewable, gummy and liquid formulations as well). What’s more, Source of Life GOLD is always free of gluten and is hypo-allergenic.
One way to make your pantry supplies last longer is by using complete-meal shakes as a quick breakfast or lunch. NaturesPlus SPIRU-TEIN features potent protein, interlaced with an active blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, to help support your body’s ability to perform at its best. And with a wide choice of flavors and formulations, you can find a SPIRU-TEIN to fit your specific needs.
It’s understandable if you need to include more boxed and canned foods in your diet at this point. But the best way to make up for possible nutritional shortfalls is with a multivitamin that will supply the crucial nutrients you need.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.