11 Toxic Chemicals Found In Vitamins, Supplements, and Health Foods


These days many people take supplements to improve their health. While you may think that you are doing something great for your health, you are actually adding nasty chemicals to your body. These chemicals might be very dangerous and can have serious effects on your health.

Here are 11 good reasons to stay away from supplements and always read labels before you purchase supplements or certain health foods.

1.    Invisible GMO Ingredients

Many ingredients found in supplements and food contain traces of GMO. So if you pick up a natural products or supplements make sure to read the labels and scan for following ingredients: amino acids, aspartame, vitamin C, citric acid, maltodextrin, lactic acid, molasses, monosodium glutamate (MSG, click here to learn more about the health dangers of MSG), high fructose corn syrup, yeast products, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, sucrose, flavorings, sodium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, and molasses.

Not only are these chemicals harmful for your health, most of them are derived from GMO corn.

2.    Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated oils are unstable and packed with trans fats. They increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, diabetes, and cancer. These hydrogenated oils are often added to health foods or used as a filler in many vitamin and mineral supplements.

3.    Artificial Colors

These colors are added to food and supplements to make them more appealing. Many of these synthetic colorings are derived from coal tar which is used in paints and roofing. Artificial food colorings have been linked to many severe health issues such as autism, ADHD, birth defects, and cancer.

4.    Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid

Both are used as a lubricant in supplements to avoid the capsules from sticking together. These chemicals have also been linked to many health issues and lower your immune system.

5.    Heavy Metals

Many detox products, supplements, protein shakes, processed foods, and cosmetics contain heavy metals such as lead, fluoride, aluminum, and arsenic. Be extra careful if you buy herbs or green ta imported from china. They are known to be contaminated with high levels of these heavy metals.

6.    Inorganic Minerals

Most cheap vitamins on the market are loaded with iron, lead, and barium. So better get your essential organic minerals from plants instead of inorganic minerals made from rocks and seashells.

7.    Carrageenan

Yet another toxic filler found in many supplements and health foods. It has been linked to cancer, digestive issues, leaky gut, and cancer.

8.    Hexane-extracted Soy and Rice Proteins

Nearly all natural soy and rice proteins are extracted in China with a chemical called hexane. It is a highly explosive chemical and super polluting for our environment. So always opt for organic certified instead of natural products. The term “natural” means nothing as companies may use it without any regulation.

9.    Acrylamide

Acrylamide, a cancer causing chemical, is formed during cooking and processing of carbohydrates. So avoid all fried, roasted, or grilled snacks such as chips. You won’t find acrylamide in the ingredients list, because it is not an actual ingredient. It is formed during processing, so manufacturers do not have to put it on the label. Note: even organic chips contain these acrylamides.

10. Sodium Benzoate and BHT

Sodium benzoate is often added to soft drinks, processed foods, and supplements as a preservative. It is classified as a carcinogenic and can damage the structure of DNA.

11. Boric Acid

Boric acid is added to many supplements on the market. It can cause headaches, depression, inflammation, DNA damage, and birth defects.

So next time you buy supplements or processed health food, think again and read the labels.

The best way to avoid chemicals in food is to eat a well-balanced, clean, whole food diet. By doing so you’ll never need any of these supplements as the foods will provide you with all the nutrients your body needs.


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Amy Goodrich
Amy is a life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach. She is the founder of the healthy lifestyle website www.Body-in-Balance.org and creator of the online program, www.ThinForever.me. After successfully changing her family’s health and happiness, she’s on a mission to help other people achieve the life and body they want. You can find here on Facebook or Google+ or get her free clean, whole food recipe eBook here: http://www.body-in-balance.org/amys-home-kitchen-recipe-book/

  • Carol

    I guess I won't be taking any supplements, then, because I can't afford the 'Name' Brands. And Wyoming in Winter is practically Devoid of Green Foods.

  • Ken

    Thanks for the article, I agree with avoiding all the toxic chemicals you listed, but thinking you will all the nutrients you need is living in a dream world. I believe we should be able to get all of our nutrients from our food but with the state of the farming industry and the depleted soil it is pretty much impossible to do.

  • the list is scarry.Thank you for sharing the valuable information.How to know the food is not made from GMO item as its hardly mentioned any where.

  • Jeppe

    Carrageen must be wrong. Carrageen is a sea weed. I takes up heavy metals in the gut and is rich of minerals.

    • my Goodrich

      True Jeppe. Carrageenan was originally derived from seaweed, but most carrageenan now is produced in the lab…

  • Georgina Sovis

    i get all my vitamins from Puritians Pride all natural have for years.

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  • Gerry

    Carrageenan is a derivative of seaweed. With no nutritional value. And not good for you either. I had oral cancer 3 years ago, and had to change the way I ate. I don't want it to come back. So watch what you eat. I don't take vitamins, very seldom take pain killers, and definitely cut out fluoride and LOTS of other cancer causers. Do the research. You ARE what you eat and drink. Or at least your illnesses can come from them.

  • rick

    This article is just another commercial for her own stuff.

    Don't buy it.

  • Merina

    I really want to like this article. I really do, and Iwanted to share it. The only problem is that is has some erronous information. Right at the beginning, it lists amino acids as toxic. Amino acids are the building blocks for all biochemical and physiological processes. Amino acids are the keys to better health, mood and even perception of reality. I think you may have been meaning those weird processed aminos, from soy. Which are toxic. And then it states that Vit C is toxic. No, no, no. Citric Acid, which is mistaken for Vit C, but is something eelse entirely. PLEASE, make corrections in the article, so that it may be of actual use and assist people in making healthy choices. It is true that there are some pretty nasty, non-food, toxic, supplements out there. I look forward to a revised version.

  • Dynamin

    Amy Goodrich appreciate our efforts. Its true many brands contains toxic chemicals. But there are many premium quality brands that are using pure organic ingredients that doesn’t harm body. Good research will give you best products.