In This Chapter
^ Assessing the value of dietary supplements ^ Finding out who regulates dietary supplements ^ Making wise choices about supplements ^ Getting your nutrients from food
7 he Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that every year, Americans buy millions of bottles and boxes of dietary supplements, a $19 billion business that includes everything from plain old vitamin C to — yuck! — desiccated (dried) liver. You can stir up a good food fight in any group of nutrition experts simply by asking whether all these supplements are (a) necessary, (b) economical, or (c) safe. But when the argument's over, you still may not have a satisfactory official answer, so this brief chapter aims to provide the information you need to make your own sensible choices.
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