The great vitamin debate is really a big swindle

Sunday 23 February, 2014 


Are you really getting a raw deal? You should be by using natural vitamins!

It’s a question we should all ask ourselves about our foods and our supplements.

You see there has been a huge debate recently about the true nutritional value of the foods we eat and the ever growing
reliance on vitamin supplements to plug the gap.

But all is not what it seems.

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Let’s start with the great food fraud shall we?

The Guardian published a piece a few weeks ago which made for grim reading.

In it they claimed that upto one third of all food that we buy is not what we think it is – cheese that has never been near a cow, ham that derives from a variety of species and a herbal slimming tea that was just glucose mixed with a prescription drug (at thirteen times the legal dose!)

Even vegetables are not safe from the growing levels of food fraud.

The BBC reported in an online article from February last year that an Italian gang had been jailed for selling organic produce which had been liberally treated with pesticides – which is an increasingly common problem.

But how about saffron which is just stained dried grass, black pepper which is less than 10% pure and even cinnamon which is an entirely different plant specie all together.

Then there’s the pre-prepared salad market...
...oh dear! Bags of ‘washed’ rocket and watercress that contains not only heavy metal impurities but also several leaves from weed species as well.

The possibility to be duped are endless and so it is no wonder that sop many of us take to a supplement to make sure we really are getting our daily requirement of essential nutrients.

But guess what?

The fraudsters are way in front of you once again – let me tell you about the grim reality of the modern vitamin trade.

The alphabet swindle

When you choose your pot of multivitamins with added minerals I bet, like me, you scan the label list for vitamins A to K, hunt for a bit of calcium, magnesium and a few trace elements like zinc and iodine... plus if there are a few specials in there like selenium you tend to think it has to be a premium product.

The problem is that not all vitamins are the same.

I had a happy image that the contents of my multivitamin dose were harnessed from nature but the reality is that most of them are derivatives of petrochemicals or hydrogenated sugars – and that’s not quite so palatable is it?

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Of course even those which claim to be natural need to be closely examined as there are many things that could be considered to be of nature, hemlock for instance but you wouldn’t want to be necking that on a daily basis would you?


So, here we are in the classic modern commercial pincer movement.
Our doctors and health advisors tell us to improve our diets and use appropriate supplements to address any deficiencies but when we do the food we choose isn’t real and the supplements are also telling big fat porkies!


Of course in amongst this world of fantasy food are some chaps making a nice little earner and not caring one jot about what they may be doing to people.

Supermarkets, health stores and the internet are awash with deals for daily supplements but I think it is time to ask yourselves two really important questions.

One, do you need to take a supplement? And two, what are you going to do to make sure that the supplement you choose to take is not going to harm you?

Vitamin supplementation – it’s not for everyone

Let’s be absolutely clear about this, if you have a full and varied diet the chances are that you are getting everything you need to live a long and healthy life.

By sourcing food locally and seasonally you will be getting the most fresh, nutrient rich and ethically sustainable produce possible.

I have always, and will continue to challenge the concept that absolutely everyone needs to take a vitamin shot every day.
But the fact is that there are circumstances when we do need a boost, or where the effects of surgery, long term illness or intolerances leave us vulnerable and that is when I whole-heartedly endorse using the correct supplement.

But we all need to be aware of how the vitamin industry works.

You see the legislation says that a vitamin is a vitamin however it is produced, so there is no need for the producer to tell you that they have cooked up their supplement in a laboratory from a bucket of petroleum sludge.

Just have a look at this list below to see where your vitamins may be legally sourced from;

Vitamin                  Natural Source                       Legal Source Option

Vitamin A              Carrots                                       Methanol, benzene

                                                                                   and petroleum esters 

Vitamin B1-6        Rice bran & yeast                    Coal, Tar formaldehyde

                                                                                   and oil derivatives 

Vitamin C             Citrus Fruit                                Glucose with acetone

Vitamin D             Yeast Animal                            brains and animal fats

Vitamin E              Rice & vegetables                   Refined oils

Vitamin K              Cabbage & kale                      Cold Tar using nickel

                                                                                   to extract

Doesn’t make for great reading does it, but bear in mind these are all entirely legal – there is no sleight of hand and no fraud.

All of these sources are deemed to be OK with European and UK legislation and the products are stacked on the shelves in your supermarket right now.

If you think that this is wrong, and you want your vitamins with natural provenance you have to read this

 

yours, as always

 

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