One of the best things a person can do for his or her health is eat a diet high in vitamin-rich foods.
"Vitamins are 'vital to life,'" stressed Diana Romano, a registered dietitian and the family and consumer sciences educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. "The vitamins we get from the foods we eat are essential to the body as it repairs cells and maintains health."
Since no single food has enough of all the vitamins needed to meet a person's daily requirement, Romano also emphasizes the importance of eating a variety of foods.
"There are 13 known vitamins that are needed to support nutritional health," Romano advised. "Each one is different and one vitamin cannot substitute for another."
Vitamins can have different forms, so consumers may see several names for the same vitamin, which Romano admits can be confusing.
Still, to get a healthy diet Romano suggests people eat the recommended daily amounts of foods from each of the USDA Daily Food Plan food groups.