Supplementation is key not only for weight loss, but also to maintain a healthy body. Just as it is important to know your farmer and understand your food quality, it is also important to understand the manufacturing practices of your supplements and only buy from companies that you can trust.
Did you know that there is no regulation behind supplements? In fact, you and I could create a supplement today, slap a label on it, and start selling it tomorrow. The FDA does not regulate these- which can be a good and bad thing. Being gluten sensitive, I personally don't 100% trust the FDA as they do not follow my true gluten free standards. However, it can still be helpful to have a "big brother" regulating these manufacturing companies making sure their product labels live up to the ingredients inside the package! Unfortunately today, many supplements on the market don't hold true to their packaging. In fact many suppliers like GNC, Target, and Walmart got in trouble when 3rd party testing is done on testing the nutrition they say that their products have. But don't worry, I've done the research for you and have broken down what you need to look for when looking for your ideal supplement.
- Artificial flavors and colors- Americans today are consuming 5x more food dyes than there were in 1955, and they have continued to be banned in other parts of the world due to the cause of health concerns from thyroid tumors to asthma, to chromosomal damage. Read more here about the danagers of food dyes.
- Soy, soy lecithin
- Corn - can be hidden under citric acid, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid
- Gluten fillers - wheat, rye barely; can be hidden under maltodextrin
- Added sugars
Personally, I used to be the girl that would go to Costco and get the big bottles of supplements of Women's One A Day. I eventually had to stop because I always felt like I was going to throw up after taking them. Now that I understand how to read their ingredient labels, I know why! Check out all of the extra food dyes and crap they are filled with.
Another perfect example, I was excited when one of my family members took my advice to start taking a multivitamin and omega-3, but was bummed when I looked at the "other ingredients" in the Rid-Aid Brand supplements. Again, I'm not sure why all the artificial flavors and food dyes are necessary when we know the dangers?
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Acacia, Croscarmellose Sodium, Stearic Acid, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Polyethylene Glycol, Talc, Crospovidone, Silicon Dioxide, Calcium Silicate, FD&C Yellow 5 Lake, FD&C Blue 1 Lake, FD&C Red 40 Lake.
Overwhelmed yet? I know I was when I started through this journey. Feel free to ask questions, comment and share any other brands of supplements you have quetions about.
For my #TrueGlutenFree friends, and others looking for a high quality supplements. If you'd like to know what my favorite brand is and what I've been using for over 2 years now, contact me and I'll be happy to share where you can order it!!