HUM NUTRITION’S TRICKY 12

If you’re looking for a specific list of ingredients to avoid in supplements, these are the ones we skip when making all of ourvitamins and supplements.

TITANIUM DIOXIDE

Titanium dioxide is frequently used by supplement manufacturers to make pills or capsules appear whiter. However, in 2021, the EFSA published an opinion deeming titanium dioxide unsafe due to concerns of genotoxicity following a safety evaluation of titanium dioxide, especially as it may accumulate in the body.

ARTIFICIAL COLORS

All colors added to foods are specificallyapprovedby the FDA, including synthetic and natural color sources. However, in a2022 peer-reviewed publication, researchers found that Red 40, a dye popular in supplements and other foodstuffs, has the potential to directly disturb your gut microbiome and hormone production.

ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES

Food preservatives are also specificallyapprovedby the FDA, but we skip them. Ascientific reviewof popular artificial food additives, including preservatives, found that non-nutritive additives can have adverse health effects including weight gain and altered gut microbiota.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

When it comes to artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, acesulfame-K, and neotame, there is a lack of consensus in the scientific literature regarding the safety and benefits of using artificial sweeteners.

ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

Similar to artificial preservatives, research has shown the potential for negative health effects of artificial flavors. Luckily, if you’re reading the back of a label, artificial flavors are easily spotted: Any flavors that are not listed as “natural flavors” or have the designation of “natural” are artificial.

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

There is a lack of consensus in the literature regarding the safety of high fructose corn syrup, a sugar-based sweetener, but the research on sugar is clear: consumingtoo much added sugaris linked with weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.

HYDROGENATED OILS

When you hear about “bad fats,” this is what should come to mind and why we avoid hydrogenated oils, which are frequently used by manufacturers to keep ingredients fresh.

TALC

Talc has long been used as an ingredient in the cosmetic and supplement industries. Some research has linked talc to an increased risk for certain cancers, however other studies have not found the same link.

MAGNESIUM SILICATE

As mentioned above, the EFSA has stated the data on the safety of magnesium silicate is not reliable. To play it safe, we don’t use this ingredient.

EDTA AND DERIVATIVES

EDTAis an acid that’s often used as a medication to treat metal toxicity. Unless this is prescribed by a doctor for a specific health concern, it should be avoided in supplements.

SHELLAC

Nope, we’re not talking about the nail polish! In the supplement and pharmaceutical world,shellac coatingfor soft gel pills is made from the secretions of the parasitic lac insect.

PHARMACEUTICAL GLAZE

While the term “pharmaceutical glaze” might sound innocuous, it can contain up to 51 percent shellac. It can also contain titanium dioxide, which does not need to be disclosed on labels.