I was at work the other day and all of a sudden these two guys walk in. One guy comes up to me and asks "where do you work out?". I tell him Gold's, I ask him what gym he goes to, and we get through all the small talk. We talk about general bodybuilding stuff, diets, routines, etc. and then we got into supplements.
The topic of fish oil came up first. I told him I get about 6g/day from fish oil caps. He said: "that's garbage, you'll piss it all out" and "you need to get it from `The Real McCoy [referring to getting the fish oil from actual fish]`". I told him that he's actually completely incorrect and to get even 6g of fish oil from actual fish you'd have to eat a LOT of fish everyday. Sometimes I even dose it up to as much as 10g/day, which would require almost twice as much.
Even after I explained that it's still benefical and a lot more convienent, he denied it. His friend also agreed; "you just piss it out", and "it doesn't work the same". So, argument #1 is over. Next he moves onto green tea. I tell him I get about 1g of green tea/day from extracts (pills). He says you should drink it instead, because it "doesn't get absorbed the same way". I told him it would have the exact same benefits but in a more cost-effective and conveinent form. He said, "listen, I'm 55 years old, I've been around the block a few times". I told him that age really doesn't give him any credibility and there has been endless research on the effects of green tea/EGCG. He still wouldn't agree with me.
Next comes vitamin C for a final third argument. He starts off with asking me "how much vitamin C do you get a day?". I tell him about 1g/day which I get from my multi alone. Then his "friend", who was about 35 years old, says "you do know the RDA is about 60mg, right?", "you could get that from an orange". I told him I know, but bodybuilders require much more than your average lazy ass / fat ass american. I also gave him the scenario I was in; I'm cutting, and I have no carb/low carb/high carb days [carb cycling]. How would I get my vitamin C on a no-carb day? An orange has like 30g sugar (carbs) per serving. And to get 1g of vitamin C I'd have to have like 16 oranges a day. They said I had a valid point, but it's "better to get it from the real thing" [even though they are both perfectly valid sources].
These are your typical "I don't believe in supplements"-types. So, by their logic, you should be eating 3lbs. of fish every day, drinking 2 gallons of green tea, and eating 20 oranges. Wow, that makes a lot of sense.
I wish I could've whipped out a laptop and got on PubMed to prove their asses wrong. I eventually just run out of things to say.