It’s time for another rousing installment of The Price is WRONG: Drugstore Edition!

Question 1: About how much does a tube of toothpaste cost?

  1. $3
  2. $300
  3. $3000

If you guessed “c,” you’re way, way off. And since this is The Price is WRONG, you get to move on to the next round!

Question 2: About how much does a container of 100 multivitamins cost?

  1. $3
  2. $8
  3. $16

If you guessed “c,” we’ve got bad news: You’re absolutely right! Even worse, if you buy vitamin supplements regularly, you’re spending money you probably don’t have to spend. Why? Because healthy foods do the job better than pills! Here’s the deal:

Save money by eating your vitamins

According to recent research, taking most vitamins in pill form doesn’t typically produce any health benefits at all. The key to getting the vitamins you need, researchers say, is to eat healthy foods. By eating these foods instead of taking vitamin supplements, you satisfy your appetite, treat your taste buds, and save money to boot. Now that’s a win-win-win situation!

Wondering what healthy vitamins do for you, and which foods contain them? Here’s the scoop on six of the most important vitamins, along with links to easy and delicious recipes made with ingredients that deliver the goods:

Vitamin A

What it does: Keeps your eyes, skin and immune system healthy.

Two choice foods: Sweet potato, carrots

Two Awesome recipes: Game Day Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato, Rosemary Glazed Carrots

Vitamin B3

What it does: Also known as niacin, B3 helps your body use food to make energy.

Two choice foods: Chicken, eggs

Two Awesome recipes: Pesto-Baked Chicken, Hearty Bibimbap Bowl

Vitamin B12

What it does: Makes healthy blood cells and helps keep your nerves working properly.

Two choice foods: Tuna, salmon

Two Awesome recipes: Grilled Avocado & Albacore Tuna Salad, Green Eggs and Salmon

Vitamin C

What it does: Keeps your gums healthy, protects you from bruising, helps to heal cuts and wounds, and forms and repairs blood, bones and other tissues.

Two choice foods: Red bell peppers, strawberries, oranges

Two Awesome recipes: Jamaican Grilled Chicken Kebabs, Fierce French Toast

Vitamin E

What it does: Protects against cell damage, and may also play a role in maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Two choice foods: Almonds, avocado

Two Awesome recipes: Cayenne-Spiked Roasted Nuts, Creamy Avocado Pasta

Vitamin D

What it does: Helps your body absorb calcium, which in turn helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth.

Two choice foods: Vitamin D isn’t found in many foods. In fact, your body produces it when your skin is exposed to the sun. So the best recipe for getting vitamin D is to head outside and have some fun in the sun! But remember always wear sunscreen.

Look better, feel better, save money

Eating more nutritious foods can pay off big time. For one thing, it can make a big difference to your weight and overall health. Instead of choosing fatty, sugary or salty snacks or meals, simply go for healthier alternatives: Nuts instead of potato chips, whole-grain bread instead of white bread, a side salad instead of french fries, the list of tasty and satisfying food swaps goes on and on.

For another, healthier eating can save you huge amounts of cash! According to recent research, carrying an extra 70 pounds of body weight, and having one drink and five cigarettes a day, can add up to $1.7 million over your lifetime.

Now THAT price is REALLY wrong!

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