Professor L. Hesse
20 June 2011 CRITICAL THINKING: EVALUATING NUTRITION INFORMATION
1. "Getting your vitamins and minerals through diet." Harvard Women's Health Watch 16.11 (2009): 1-3. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 18 June 2011.
2. The article does not provide the author. The source is from Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Harvard Health Publications and Harvard college. The Harvard Faculty of Medicine conducts research in numerous locations around Boston. Six academic basic science departments are housed in and around the 1906 quadrangle that is the nucleus of Harvard Medical School. However, many of the faculty appointed to these departments are based at 17 affiliated institutions, including teaching hospitals. Here, 50 clinical departments conduct vast amounts of basic and clinical research. As the article was produced from the Harvard Women’s Health Watch(HWHW) the authors are well qualified to write on the topic. The basis of authority is from the extensive research, trials, and studies cited in the article.
3. The brief summary of the article is that the benefits of multivitamins are looking doubtful. Research suggests potential harm for people taking supplements of vitamins. From a study involving postmenopausal women, the findings conclude that the best way to get the nutrients we need is through a balanced diet containing plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. What matters is not food quantity but food quality. Eating nutrient dense foods packed with vitamins and minerals with few calories. The only exception is vitamin D. Most experts recommend a daily intake of 1,000(iu) per day.
4. Validity of information: A. Specific examples are in February of 2009 a study of 161,808 postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative concluded that those who took multivitamins did not have a lower death rate than other and were just as likely to develop various