Last week, I did a review of Dr. Steve Chaney’s first book that came out last year: Slaying the Food Myths. If you missed that, I encourage you to go back and check it out. This second book followed soon after. It focuses on the food supplement myths that are being perpetuated by both vitamin companies and individuals on the internet.
Proper nutrition is key to our optimal health, healing and prevention. However, if consumers are confused about what’s beneficial and what’s not, excellent health will be hard to come by.
While more parents are reading food supplement labels, even fewer are understanding what they mean. This is why I appreciate Dr. Chaney’s well-trained objective voice of truth and reason. He cuts to the facts about the food supplement industry and helps educate his readers to discern between truth and hype.
Lies of The Supplement Industry
Food supplement companies are a dime a dozen. Everywhere you shop, vitamins and their labels of promises line the shelves. So many choices. So many options. But the truth behind those labels is veiled if you’re not sure what to look for or what questions to ask.
Dr. Chaney focuses the whole first section of his book on this one area–How do you find a company you can trust? Some of his topics in this first section include:
- Understanding the different types of vitamins
- The Truth behind Methylfolate
- Quality Claims vs. Reality
- Junk Science vs. Real Science
- Supplements that are Dangerous
This section ends with practical tips so that we can be wiser consumers in this area. As parents, we need to be equipped to help our kids make safe and effective choices in this area too.
Debunking Specific Food Supplement Myths
The second section of “Slaying the Supplement Myths” focuses on a whole range of specific supplements and their conflicting claims on the internet. You’ll find the real science behind soy protein benefits, the role of calcium supplementation, vitamin E and heart disease, and so much more. I can’t say enough great things about the information packed into this resource!
Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 then close the book with practical advice on who should be using food supplements and how to choose the best multivitamin. Again, I believe every parent needs Dr. Chaney’s two books in their home as a trusted guide and resource to the confusing claims in the nutrition industry today.