Supplements linked to riskier behavior

Nov. 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Researchers in Taiwan say people taking multivitamins may get a false sense of invulnerability that leads them to engage in riskier behaviors.

The researchers said half the 82 adults in their study -- 45 women, 37 men, average age 31 -- were given a placebo they were told was a multivitamin. After one week, all participants took surveys regarding their inclinations toward various healthy versus less healthy behaviors.

The study participants who thought they were taking multivitamins had a 44 percent higher tendency to engage in hedonistic activities such as casual sex, sunbathing, partying, binge drinking. There also was a 61 percent increased preference for all-you-can-eat buffets over healthy meals.

In addition, compared with the rest of the participants, the group told they were given a multivitamin reported exercising 14 percent less.

The study was released by the Dole Nutrition Institute, founded by David H. Murdock, chairman of the Dole Food Co. The institute provides consumers with educational resources on the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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