Meanwhile, others find nutritional value in food items that are not exactly as they seem. Giancoli also spoke on the increased use of food supplements. Instead of directly obtaining nutrients from their diet, many people simply take additional vitamins and supplements in order to meet their quota of the day. This has placed the focus of maintaining a balanced and healthy diet through whole foods in a secondary position, while using supplements and multivitamins as a primary source.
By avoiding the issue above (consuming secondary nutrient sources like vitamins and supplements, as opposed to typical food sources), one can instead focus on maintaining a healthy diet that is balanced and fit to meet nutritional and bodily needs. By improving portion size, food group balance, and opting to learn more about nutritional endeavours, one can consistently consume a diet that will lessen the chances of being diagnosed with a chronic disorder. For example, consuming an excessive amount of sugar can result in an increased chance of contracting diabetes; a chronic metabolic disease. However, consuming a recommended amount of sugar (less than 10% of total caloric intake according to Diabetes Canada) can result in a lesser chance of contracting diabetes.
By promoting nutritional education to the general public through schools, online resources, and other means, benefits such as decreased preventable health issues and an increase in healthy diet uptake would emerge. It is evident that dietary education plays a significant role in bringing nutrition awareness within the population, ultimately resulting in an increased amount of healthy active lifestyles.