More than vitamins are needed

Dear Heloise: I’ve decided to stop counting calories and look to nutrition. Since I take my vitamins every day, does it matter whether or not I eat the required amount of vegetables and fruit? I’m not especially fond of either. — Derek T., Tipton, Ind.

It matters! Eating fruits and vegetables provides you with things your vitamin pills don’t. A vitamin pill does not give you fiber. There are many components in foods that cannot be packaged in a pill. Eating an apple, for example, will provide substances such as “phytochemicals” that are advantageous to you. So, eat your fruits and vegetables, but try various recipes to wake up your taste buds. — Heloise

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