VIDEO: Why Eating Your Vegetables May Not Be Enough

Jordan visits Pass Health Foods in Palos Heights to learn about vitamins, supplements and nutrients

You would think eating your fruits and vegetables would put you on the perfect path to health and wellness, right? Well as I found out on this week’s stop around Palos, you might not be getting all the nutrients you need from those greens.

Unfortunately I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables – I can be a picky eater at times. I don’t like peas; I don’t like green beans; and I only eat cooked carrots – raw ones make me cringe. And don't even get me started on tomatoes! So for people like me, it’s critical that we get those nutrients from other sources like multivitamins and supplements.

Personally, I don't know too much about what nutrients I'm lacking or what supplements I need, which is why this week's stop is key for me. For the third installment of "Shapin' Up" I visited in Palos Heights to learn more about everything from probiotics to vitamins.

Joanne Callaghan, owner of Pass Health Foods, says that many people are not always able to get in three healthy meals a day. Adding to the problem is the fact that our modern vegetables don't hold the same nutritional value that they did say 50 years ago. While some try to solve this issue by buying organic produce, most people still find it difficult reaching those suggested daily nutritional levels. 

Callaghan says that illnesses and environmental issues are also reasons to look into taking a multivitamin to make up for the nutrients we lack on a daily basis. While I was there I picked up a bottle of vitamins that I plan on adding to my daily regimen. 

As for my weekly update, I don't have much good news to report. Three social events over the weekend did a number on my diet and I'm only down one more pound . I hope to have better news to report next week!

For more information on this week's stop, or on how to find the right vitamin or supplement for you, visit www.PassHealthFoods.com, or their listing in the . Pass is located at 7228 W. College Drive in Palos Heights, and can be reached at (708) 448-9114.

John R Principe, MD August 11, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Nice coverage of a wonderful resource of wellness in the community. I have worked with JoAnne and Theresa for many years.Their knowledge base and ability to help my patients are proof of their unwavering commitment to health. John R Principe, MD Founder, WellBeingMD, LTD
Patricia Bailey October 20, 2011 at 02:43 PM
WellBeingMD Center for Life frequently offers a 1 hour Lunch and Learn program starting at noon and ending at 1:00 p.m. I attended October's Lunch and Learn - "Explore the Greek Tradition of Gigantes" (Giant Lima Beans)" I am trying to increase the use of greens in my diet and limit my meat intake and learn more about different kinds of grains and bean protein. Dr. Principe "fired up the stove" and showed us along with a volunteer how to sauté onions (wait to turn them). Next he created an olive oil circle in the center of the pan and add his second ingredient which was chopped garlic (don't burn it), and then added some crushed red peppers. The recipe proceeded from there and soon all of us were eating giant lima beans with tomatoes on a bed of brown rice with spinach and dill. Be healthy and Bon appetite!


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