Nutritionists believe that a person's daily requirement for vitamins can readily be met by eating five servings of fr...

Ryan on February 12, 2018

Explanation

Can you please explain this question?

2 Replies

Mehran on February 14, 2018

@rdolm of course! Let's break down the stimulus first.

What is the conclusion here? "Thus, most people need to take vitamin pills."

How do we know this?

"Nutritionists believe that a person's daily requirement for vitamins can readily be met by eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. However, most people eat far less than this."

This is a flawed argument. Why? It assumes that the only way to get your daily requirement for vitamins is by eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Since most people eat far less than this, the author assumes that most people need to take vitamin pills.

But what if most people got their daily requirement for vitamins from sources other than servings of fruits and vegetables? Other foods for example.

This is exactly what (D) says, "Many commonly consumed foods that are neither fruits nor vegetables are fortified by manufacturers with the vitamins found in fruits and vegetables."

Therefore, (D) weakens this argument by pointing out an alternative source of vitamins.

So (D) would be the correct answer. Hope that helps!

on November 14 at 10:06AM

I went with D because of the lengthly explanation, but E almost had me.