Short Read

  • Picky eaters can have nutritional gaps left by their diet
  • Nutrient gaps can contribute to health problems
  • Special consideration needs to be taken to make sure the body gets the nourishment it needs
  • Supplements can play a crucial role for picky eaters or people on restricted diets

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I'm sure you can think of somebody - perhaps even yourself - that you would classify as a picky eater. Everybody has their reasons - it could be a matter of personal taste differences, unwillingness to try new things, or the comfort of certain favorite foods – but some people just refuse to eat certain foods.

It may seem harmless enough and little more than a to some, but what if being a picky eater meant you were at significant risk for certain health conditions?

Increased risk of medical conditions

Picky eaters do indeed have increased risks for a multitude of health problems and the risks increase over the long term. These can include everything from skin and hair problems, to metabolic disorders, decreased immune function, mood disorders, certain cancers, inflammatory conditions, vision problems, and neurological disorders.

Psychiatric Symptoms

Recent research discovered that children with extreme food selectivity were more likely to eventually be diagnosed with psychiatric symptoms related to depression, anxiety, and also ADHD.1,2

While scientists were able to identify a correlation, it still remains a “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” situation:  Are picky eaters picky because of a psychiatric predisposition, or does being a picky eater eventually contribute to psychiatric symptoms?

Pre-existing psychiatric conditions and biological taste preferences certainly play a major role in a person’s eating habits.  Additionally, a person’s eating habits are strongly related to those of their parents and social groups.3–5 For now, let’s focus on the different ways that picky eating and restricted diets can affect your body and overall health in the long term.

Why are diverse diets important?

Our bodies require a wide variety of “building materials” that we collectively call nutrients, and these include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, polyphenols, phytonutrients, fiber, and more. Imagine each of these components like the different components used to build a house - the nails, boards, wiring, plumbing, shingles, etc. It would be pretty hard to build a good home if you didn't have all the necessary supplies!

We get those essential nutrients naturally from a well-balanced and diverse diet, but when our diets are restricted and unbalanced the body may not be getting all of the nutrients it needs.6–8

Are picky eaters getting everything they need?

Studies have shown that picky eaters tend to eat fewer vegetables and subsequently are more likely to become deficient in vegetable based nutrients including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, and magnesium.3,4 So essentially, picky eaters limit the building materials that are available to construct and maintain a sturdy home (i.e., a healthy body).3

Supply your body with what it needs

While we know it is best to get all of your nutrients from a diverse and well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits, we realize this is an idealistic scenario.

It is unrealistic to think that most people in our current society will routinely obtain adequate nutritional support solely from their diets for many reasons including food cost, availability, convenience, personal preference, traditions, and familiarity.6,9–11

Even when healthy choices are readily available, studies show that people still have nutritional deficiencies largely because of the food choices they make.12 So at Pinnaclife, we ask the question, “If people are not routinely getting adequate amounts of the nutrients they need from their diet, what can we do to help?”

Supplements to fill the gaps

The purpose of Pinnaclife dietary supplements is not to replace a healthy diet, but instead to help fill the unintended gaps in your diet. They help to ensure your body is routinely receiving the necessary nutrients and “building materials” it needs to promote optimum health.

We also know that some ingredients like hydroxytyrosol from olives, EGCG from green tea, trans-resveratrol from grapes, sulforaphane from broccoli, and curcumin from turmeric provide many additional health benefits, but only in amounts that you are unlikely or unable to obtain without the use of supplements.

Our goal is to provide you the tools to help you build the strongest “house” possible complete with plumbing (circulatory system), electricity (nervous system), strong roof and siding (skin), burglar alarm (immune system), internet (brain), and more.  We want to provide you with smoke alarms and sprinkler systems (antioxidants) that help to protect you from the metabolic fires that we call free radicals and oxidative damage.

You can think of Pinnaclife dietary supplements as your body’s hardware and building supply store!

For general nutritional support, I recommend daily use of the Pinnaclife Essential Health Bundle that includes:

  • Full spectrum MultiVitamin
  • Mineral boost with D3+Magnesium
  • Prebiotic Fiber to support healthy bacteria
  • Antioxidant support from Olivamine 10 Max
  • Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Additional support for more specific issues can be gained by incorporating:

  • Pinnaclife ImmuneBoost
  • Pinnaclife Sleep Support
  • Pinnaclife Brain Health
  • Pinnaclife Mood Support
  • Pinnaclife Energy Support
  • Pinnaclife Joint Health


We recognize that a tornado can blow down a strong well built house while leaving a weak one untouched - and the same can be true of your body when it comes to illness and disease. But when a storm/disease comes, where would you prefer to take shelter?

If you agree that a well nourished body gives you a better chance of avoiding disease and illness, then you should be proactive in making sure your body has what it needs. Pinnaclife dietary supplements can play an important role in helping you fill nutritional gaps, and this is especially true for people with selective or picky eating habits.6,7,13

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  • Kyle Hilsabeck, PharmD., is the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Affairs at McCord Holdings and licensed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.  He completed bachelors degrees in biology and biochemistry at Wartburg College before earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he completed a community pharmacy practice residency through the University of Iowa where he focused primarily on nutritional aspects of care including the use of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements.  He has taught courses for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutritional supplements and given many presentations on the subject as well.  He has a passion for improving patient care specifically with regards to the safety and quality of the nutritional supplements and health information people use.

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