After reports of fraudulent nutrition supplements being sold in major retailers in the U.S, the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit is reminding you to make sure you have a balanced diet. Public Health Dietician Lesley McMullin says the news is very concerning. However, it’s an important reminder that it’s worth spending the time and money looking at what you should be eating rather than buying something off the shelf.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to nutrition supplements, one of which, McMullin says is that we need supplements to be healthier.

McMullin says if you’re taking vitamins you should make sure you know and understand why you’re taking them.

If you don’t know, McMullin says you should speak with your health care professional to guide you in the right direction. New York’s attorney general’s office released test results last week stating four out of five herbal supplements sold in major stores like Walmart and Target didn’t contain any of the herds on their labels. Reports say they contained cheap fillers, some of which could be dangerous to people with allergies.