(NaturalHealth365) Sad, but true – processed foods have literally taken over most health food stores. In fact, there is a new category of so-called healthy foods that are, in some ways, not even qualified to be called healthy. Food manufacturers deceive consumers by creating products with a touch of greens mixed with synthetic vitamins, preservatives and sweeteners.
Why should we be concerned with synthetic vitamins?
Almonds are super nutritious and can make a great milk substitute, especially if you are using the raw, organic variety. Almond milk and coconut milk, on the other hand, when bought in a carton may contain synthetic vitamins.
The truth is raw, organic almonds are expensive and to create one carton of almond milk – it would take many more almonds then are actually used in most commercially available brands. The food industry solution is to add synthetic vitamins to the finished product.
Food labels do NOT tell the whole truth about food quality
Store bought almond milk and coconut milk along with other seed and nut milks may contain synthetic vitamin A, vitamin D2, calcium carbonate and tocopheryl acetate – a synthetic version of vitamin E.
Synthetic vitamin A (Retinyl palmitate) is associated with birth defects, fractures and cancer. Other effects of isolated chemical vitamin A include tumor enhancement; joint problems; osteoporosis; dryness of the eyes, mouth and skin; enlargement of the liver and spleen and suppression of the immune system.
Buyer beware – not all vitamins are created equal
Next on list is vitamin D2 which can be toxic. Did you know that too much vitamin D2 can result in calcium crystals being deposited in the body – which can damage the heart, lungs and kidneys. By the way, vitamin D3 (the proper kind of vitamin D) is much harder to overdose on – as a supplement.
Calcium carbonate is a non-organic and unnatural source of calcium. Stay away from calcium carbonate. Back to tocopheryl acetate – one of the reasons that vitamin E has gotten a bad rap is that many studies were based on this (unnatural) synthetic form of vitamin E.
Much of the supplement industry has ZERO integrity
This new use of chemical vitamins has NOT been time-tested. For example, tricalcium phosphate has been found in almond milk; commonly used in porcelain and dental powders and as a bleaching agent in flour. Does this sound like something you want to eat?
In the 1990’s, the average adult consumed 470 milligrams of phosphorous containing food additives, but today it’s possible to get as much as 1,000 mg per day depending on ones diet. Do you think the cancer epidemic may be (in part) due to fortified and enriched foods?
Note: According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, older women who take synthetic vitamins are at an increased risk of developing heart disease and cancer.
Conventional science admits the danger of processed foods
Research done by Dr. Agnes Faye Morgan (University of California) reported that taking synthetic vitamins was worst than starvation. Animals fed synthetic vitamins had toxic reactions, which included degenerative diseases. She stated that the enrichment of processed foods with synthetic vitamins may “precipitate conditions worse than the original deficiency.”
In a study conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 18,000 American men and women given a placebo or supplements of synthetic vitamin A. The researchers, led by Dr. Gilbert Omen, stopped the study because the group on nutritional supplements had a 28% higher incident of lung cancer.
Obviously, it pays to learn more about the food we eat. Don’t be fooled by “fortified” foods marketed as “healthy”. Buying synthetically fortified foods are the worst food choice – if you want to avoid disease.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.