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What common foods provide all of the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals without having to take supplements?

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Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 40 years experience
Meat: Meat provides the most protein with all 10 essential amino acids, the most vitamins, except vitamin c, and the most minerals, except more phosphorus than calcium. If left unsalted, the sodium-potassium ratio is favorable. The fat content may be excessive, but lean skinless chicken, pork or seafood is close to ideal. Fiber should be added as fruit, vegetables or whole grains.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Variety: you need to add a variety of foods, proteins, carbohydrates including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, Nuts and seeds, and dairy. If you eat a well-balanced diet you should not need any supplementation

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