Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Weird Reason We Think Vitamins Are Good For Us
During the golden age of sea exploration and the Great Depression and periods of famine or poverty, people suffered from vitamin deficiencies. But for us in the modern era, micronutrients have been identified, calculated, and added to many foods we eat. Bread has folic acid added. Milk has extra vitamin D. Even Kool-Aid has vitamin C, because ascorbic acid makes it tart.
A strange thing happened between the identification of vitamin deficiencies and the modern era: we got the idea that if a little bit is good, a lot must be better! It doesn’t work that way. Adam Conover once again ruins everything by debunking the idea that vitamin supplements will make us healthier. (via Viral Viral Videos)