Vitamins? Yes, please! Getting those vitamins via additives in the food? No, thank you!

A burger with French fries to go – on the run between appointments or doing chores – washed down with a vitamin-infused drink. This doesn’t really work does it! It might ease your conscience but it’s not going to do much getting healthier!

For good health we need the best nutrients from real fruit and vegetables, in fish, meat, eggs and whole grains. Real food has the best chance for wholesome results. Many large-scale research studies have shown that vitamin preparations and supplementing additives added to processed food may not improve health. Often they are ineffective and in the worst case may even damage your health. 

We advise simply reaching for fresh, seasonal, whole food. Always aim to have vibrant colorful food on your plate. Ideally stick to your Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan to be sure that your body is provided with all the vital building blocks that you really need. 

There are always some occasions where good quality supplements may be the right thing for you. But this always need to be discussed with your health care professional or Metabolic Balance coach. Remember wholesome food first is the best foundation!

MB - Healthy aging - family cooking INT

Food Additives – edible or not?

When a food additive has been officially checked and authorized to be added to food, in Europe it’s given an E number. The “E” before the number is used in the European Union (EU) and the system is intended to help consumers throughout Europe to check food labels even if they do not speak the language of the country the food comes from. This system is also used in other countries outside of Europe, including e.g., Russia, Australia, South Africa, Israel. It’s a myth that “E” stands for “edible”! In North America you can increasingly find also numbers on a food label to replace the name of a food additive – however, this is still rare.

Many health conscious people prefer food without food additives. However, it’s vital to know that if no additives are listed on the label, you can’t always be sure that there were no additives used in the manufacturing process. The legal requirement is that a food manufacturer only must list additives that technically change the end product. This means that in the manufacturing process, additives may be used at some point but don’t necessarily need to be listed if they aren’t recognizable in the finished product. An example is magnesium stearate in cocoa powder, which ensures that the cocoa is still free-flowing. In a finished cocoa drink, this additive no longer has any effect and so it’s often not listed on the label.

MB 02-07 - E-Nummern