I came across a very interesting article recently that sheds light on the multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplement industry. Years of clever marketing have manipulated our ability to understand or consume these products objectively. Please read the article to get the full picture:
In 1996 Congress passed a law that allowed a substance to avoid scrutiny or testing by the FDA. If a manufacturer marketed something as a food supplement they did not need to prove the efficacy of the product they are selling. The companies that market these products do not have to:
1. prove that the product does what they say it does.
2. prove that it is any better than a placebo or sugar pill.
3. prove that the product contains the chemicals they claim it does.
In other words, when you take a substance that is listed as a natural food supplement you have no idea what you’re taking or if it really works. For more on the topic check out some of my prior posts on similar topics: