Unapproved Pharmaceutical Ingredients In Dietary Supplements

Unapproved Pharmaceutical Ingredients In Dietary Supplements

Unapproved Pharmaceutical Ingredients

In the American food supply, there are over 3,000 food additives that are commonly used, including preservatives, flavourings, colours, and other undesirable ingredients. Some of the most frequently found additives include:

1. Preservatives: Sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite, BHA, BHT, TBHQ.
2. Sweeteners and artificial sweeteners: Fructose, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame.
3. Flavour enhancers: Monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy protein, autolyzed yeast extract.
4. Artificial colours: FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2, FD&C Green No. 3, FD&C Red Nos. 3 and 40, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5 and 6, Orange B, Citrus Red No. 2.

Certain food products have been identified as common offenders for containing potentially harmful ingredients:

1. Mac & Cheese: Contains toxic colouring agents such as yellow 5 and 6.
2. Sports drinks (e.g., Gatorade): Contain toxic colouring agents.
3. Fat-Free chips: They may contain toxic Olestra (also known as Olean).
4. Citrus-flavoured soda: Can contain Brominated vegetable oils (BVO), deemed toxic.
5. Cereals & many snacks: They may contain BHA and BHT, which are considered toxic.
6. Regular milk and Yogurt: It may contain rBGH and rBST, which are potentially harmful.

It’s essential to be aware of these additives and their potential effects on health when making food choices.

Unapproved Pharmaceutical Ingredients In The Food Supply

In a study focused on quality improvement, an analysis of warnings issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2007 and 2016 revealed that 776 dietary supplements contained unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. These supplements were often marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss, or muscle-building. The most commonly found adulterants were sildenafil in sexual enhancement products, sibutramine in weight loss supplements, and synthetic steroids or steroid-like ingredients in muscle-building supplements. Notably, 157 products (20.2%) contained more than one unapproved ingredient.

It is worth mentioning that over half of adults in the United States report using dietary supplements. Despite this, the FDA has cautioned against undisclosed and unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients in many dietary supplements. However, a comprehensive analysis of recent FDA warnings regarding this issue has not been conducted. Full Story


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