POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 7:50am
UPDATED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 8:34pm
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than half of Americans take dietary supplements or multivitamins. But, do these pills really make you healthier?
Despite their popularity, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association said there is no evidence that taking a multivitamin has the ability to ward off chronic diseases, like cancer and cardiovascular disease. The ADA said that overall, it's better to get vitamins from food, rather than in supplement form.
Many studies have shown that a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains has been linked to a decreased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke.