Can you guys believe January is almost over? I’m still reading a lot of “New Year’s Resolutions” posts, and I hope y’all keep them coming. It’s always so motivational to see people making big plans and then tackling them over the course of the year. While I haven’t set any real measurable goals for 2015, I do want to make sure that I focus on a few things. Like I mentioned the other day, I want to treat myself well and worry less about things that don’t matter. One thing that definitely matters to me is my health and well being.
I was recently asked if I would like to work with Centrum® to try out some of their multivitamins while sharing my goals for the year. I quickly agreed because I trust the brand, I like to incorporate multivitamins into my diet, and I’m always down for a chance to talk about myself. I’m kidding. Sort of.
Just like I supplement my daily physical activity with organized workouts, I add multivitamins to my diet when I think I need a boost. A complete multivitamin like Centrum® delivers a combination of key vitamins and minerals to help me fill in the gaps in my diet. Just check out that rainbow, y’all. Even though I definitely know that they don’t, I like to think that they match up perfectly in this diagram to each fruit or vegetable they might come from.
As much as I try to “eat the rainbow” every day, there are times where I fall short. I’m getting so much better at sneaking vegetables into my breakfasts, but it definitely doesn’t happen every single day. And I’ve noticed that when I don’t eat them then, I’m even less likely to eat them the remainder of the day.
A multivitamin is a great thing to have around for the days where your diet consists primarily of bread and cheese. And, if you’re like me, that’s more often than you’d like to admit. I mean, I could legitimately live off of grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s a problem. But, in all seriousness, I think most of us can admit that our diets are not always the picture of perfection. Centrum® multivitamins include the six essential nutrients many people don’t get enough of from food alone: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium.
To better understand why these dietary gaps exist, Prevention and Centrum® conducted a national survey to assess how Americans perceive key vitamins and minerals.
Nutrient Intake Perception vs. Reality
Over three quarters of Americans (78%) still believe it is fairly easy to get the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled (48%) are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients from their current diet.
Looking Beyond Calories and Fat
Three in four Americans look at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy (76%). Among these, nearly twice as many look at calories (72%) and fat content (61%) compared to vitamin and mineral types (33%) or amounts (30%).
Nutrient Emphasis is Limited
Calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin C top the list of nutrients Americans feel are absolutely needed, while Iron, Calcium and Vitamin D top the list of vitamins and minerals Americans are most concerned they may be lacking, among the 48% who are concerned.
Unwilling to Change
Even if they are concerned their current eating habits are not delivering key vitamins and minerals, Americans do not appear to be changing their eating habits to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet. 60% of Americans have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they get. 74% agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy.
Some of what they found is disheartening, but I’m not at all surprised. Even as someone who claims to care about my health, I’m sure I still make poor or uninformed choices all the time. It happens. I don’t excuse those choices by saying I’ll take a multivitamin, but I’m still glad that I have them around when I eat differently than I should. While I was able to try out the Adult multivitamin, I have my eye on the Women’s as well. They both look like they would work well for me. There are several different formulations, so there’s something for everyone.
Question: Do you incorporate any multivitamins into your routine?
I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.