Did you ever wonder why they add vitamins to processed foods? They usually don’t add anything to foods that don’t add value or marketability. According to a recent article in Salon.com, practically none of the vitamins that we consume can be shown to have any effect on your health at all. There is no proof that adding ‘nutrients’ during the processing of foods to add back in nutrients that have been lost in the processing do anything to enhance the value of the foods to your body either. The fact that the additions do nothing to increase the nutritional value of the foods means that the only reason for a manufacturer to put something extra in is so that he can tout that addition on the food label.
Adding vitamins and nutrients makes Mom think she is buying something good for the kids. They ask for it, because they have seen how happy it makes kids on the commercials. Mom knows it is candy in a box, but — look at all the vitamins! The kids are begging to take their vitamins this way.
Now the news comes along and we find that added vitamins are not responsible for making our foods better for us. The only logical thing to do would be to stop buying boxed birthday cake and feeding it to the kids for breakfast. The sugar is known to be bad for them in many different ways. The vitamins are now known to have no effect. Breakfast cereals are an expensive waste of money, and they poison us with empty calories.
Half of the children in elementary school are over weight now. Vitamins are not going to do anything about the type ii diabetes explosion in our children and young adults. This Congress will never do anything like adding regulations concerning sugar reduction in children’s foods, or concerning food advertising during children’s programming on TV, so it is up to us. We must find ways to feed our children unprocessed foods, foods with no health claims, foods that don’t come in boxes or bags.