Back to articles

5 myths about food supplements

Twenty years ago, dietary supplements were considered doping. Even today, they are despised by many people due to a lack of knowledge of the subject. Nutrimuscle exposes the counter-arguments to the most widespread ideas about food supplements.
Nutrition santé
Nutrition sportive
5 mythes sur les compléments alimentaires

20 years ago, food supplements were considered doping. Even today, they are looked down upon by many people due to a lack of knowledge of the subject. Nutrimuscle presents the counter-arguments to the most widespread ideas about food supplements.

1. Protein powder is bulk.

Bulking would be a term attributed to bodybuilders and bodybuilders. The use of anabolic steroids allows them to increase their muscle mass temporarily and stopping the products melts part of their muscles. This type of product is prohibited, especially in the sporting world.

Taking protein powder helps nourish muscle and burn fat. They also help to recover and, by extension, increase the frequency of training. For bodybuilding practitioners, food sources of protein are not sufficient to guarantee optimal intake for muscle gain while limiting fat. In addition, protein powders are more convenient to consume to achieve the recommended daily rate: 100 g of white meat contains 22 g of protein and a shake of whey contains 70 to 90 g of protein.

However, if there is no more muscular effort, the muscles melt. This applies to athletes as well as sedentary people. There is therefore no swelling phenomenon with food supplements.

2. Creatine is a doping and dangerous product.

Banned for sale in the 90s in France, creatine is a taboo subject in the world of supplementation. Although present in our body, it has been labeled as a doping product. However, it has never appeared on the list of doping products (established by the World Anti-Doping Agency) and is still not there today.

Another common myth is that creatine causes health problems, such as digestive disorders and kidney poisoning. Creatine indeed presents a risk when consuming quantities greater than the recommended daily doses (3 grams per day). Beyond this, digestive disorders and medical complications can occur in people suffering from already present kidney problems.

By respecting the prescribed doses, taking creatine does not cause health problems.

3. Food supplements are useless if one adopts a good diet.

We often hear that taking food supplements is useless when you have a rich and balanced diet. This argument can be heard, but is not entirely true.

Intensive livestock farming and fertilizers are the cause of soil depletion and malnutrition. Vitamins and micronutrients are rare in modern diets. To preserve these nutrients intact, you should consume exclusively unprocessed, seasonal foods, kept for a short time, eaten raw or gently cooked. However, even following this model, it does not allow modern diets to provide us with all the daily nutritional needs.

Some populations will be satisfied with a rich and varied diet and will not suffer from deficiency symptoms. Others will be more vulnerable to shortages: seniors, people on a specific diet, pregnant women, and athletes.

As part of a sports practice, food cannot cover the necessary daily needs. Bodybuilding requires a high level of protein and, at certain times, several meals a day. Food supplements make it possible to achieve this daily rate while limiting calories, sugars and fats.

4. Food supplements are unnatural and unhealthy.

There are dietary supplements that derive their ingredients from natural sources. However, some products are created synthetically in the laboratory, such as collagen amino acids or vitamin C. Most of the time, the origin is not important in the effectiveness of the product. On a molecular level, the nutrients are identical and fulfill the same role.

It is sometimes more interesting to turn to food supplements of synthetic origin. In fact, they guarantee purity and stability of nutrients that are sometimes variable in products of natural origin. Natural sources do not always provide sufficient nutrients because they depend on the environment where they were grown. Food supplements of synthetic origin certify the dosage, purity and stability of their components.

5. Food supplements are addictive.

This is certainly one of the most widespread beliefs when it comes to supplementation. However, no addictive substance or addiction effect has been detected among the numerous studies carried out. The components of food supplements (vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids) do not contain any addictive substances that could lead to dependence (psychostimulants, psychoactive substances). Their action focuses on the physical functions of the body and does not target neurochemical pathways. There is therefore no risk of creating dependence linked to food supplements. In addition, these are regularly subjected to tests and studies concerning their composition, their effectiveness and their potential side effects. No risk of developing an addiction to food supplements!

In short, food supplements are strong allies, particularly in the context of sport. Bodybuilding practitioners, food supplements will allow you to achieve your goals, provide energy to your muscles and develop your muscle mass more quickly. Choose purity when choosing your proteins. To find out which food supplements are best suited to your profile, you can read our dedicated article or carry out our 100% free online diagnosis .