Amazing Wellness

THE EVOLUTION OF THE MULTIV ITAMIN

Most of us think nutrient depletion of processed food is a recent problem, but it’s been going on for more than a century. In fact, efforts to solve that very problem in the early 1900s led to the development of today’s most popular dietary supplement: the multivitamin. But before the supplement could be invented, scientists had to discover the existence of substances we now call vitamins.

When the 20th century began, only three essential nutrients were recognized in food: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Poor sanitation and hygiene were viewed as the root of all disease, and the solution was sterilizing food to get rid of bacteria, mold, and toxins. Rice was polished, and other grains were milled to eliminate husks. But despite prolonging shelf life, there were some harmful consequences, unknown

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