I’m generally not one to get easily annoyed. However, there are a couple of things that really rattle me. One is when products make false or misleading health claims. Another is that silly pink ribbon breast cancer campaign. Please don’t misunderstand me; I’m all about breast cancer awareness and prevention. It’s just that many of the products that boast the pink ribbon logo, actually contain ingredients in them that cause breast cancer!
So the other day, a product caught my eye at the pharmacy: Viactiv Calcium Caramel Flavored Chews. Now with Vitamin D! And splashed across the top of the box in bright pink, reminiscent of the pink ribbon campaign, an announcement: “News! Emerging research on breast health.”
To the average consumer, this box of candy could seem like a wonderful and delicious way to take a Calcium supplement. Most women are advised to take at least 500 mg by their doctors. And, well…the extra Vitamin D can’t hurt! Especially since the makers claims that “Vitamin D may support breast health.”
Turn the box around to read the fine print and the ingredients: sugar, calcium carbonate, corn syrup, hydrogenated coconut oil, sweetened condensed milk, caramel color, salt, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K, yellow #6. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
First of all, sugar feeds cancer cells. Corn syrup is even worse. The corn has probably been genetically modified, since it’s not organic. Same with the soy. Hydrogenated oils cause heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and possibly cancer. Calcium carbonate is the cheapest, least easily absorbed form of calcium. Artificial flavors and yellow # 6 are some more toxins that your poor liver is going to have to filter out, putting an additional strain on your body.
Yes, Vitamin D
, which acts like a hormone in your body, does support breast health among many other things. But please, please, please, don’t be fooled by these junk food pushers selling their “healthy candy.”
If you’re feeling confused and overwhelmed with your supplements and aren’t sure what to take, I’m offering a special through the month of October. I will review a week’s worth of your food intake, do a nutritional analysis, and inventory of all your supplements for just $49. I am not a vitamin pusher because I believe that it all has to start with a healthy diet. But there is a time and a place for them and I’m happy to help you to sort that out.
Yours in Health,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE