The word supplement means in addition to, or added to a complete thing to make it stronger. Dietary supplements are also called Nutritional supplements or Food supplements. They are available in powder, capsule, or liquid form and are for oral use only.
Complementing the diet
The aim of any food supplement is to complement the already existing diet and make it perfectly balanced. Food supplements are in no way expected to replace the meal or diet. They provide the body with much needed nutrients such as proteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. A meal needs to be supplemented when there is a lack of or deficiency of one or more nutrients from the diet due to unhealthy eating or some ailment that does not allow the absorption of the nutrients from food ingested. By far, drugs cannot be classified as food supplements, but some countries do have recommendations for the same.
Having excess of what the body needs will play havoc in the system, and will be excreted in the form of waste or will pile up and be stored as fat.
Variety of supplements
Anything from a simple B complex vitamin pill or even herbs can be categorized as a supplement.
There are two types of meal replacements depending on the person’s goals. One is to help gain weight and the other for weight watchers. The proportion of protein to carbohydrate will differ according to the health goal of the individual.
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