Fortification and Allergies

The other week I wrote about milk, and how the vitamin D that is used to fortify it is made from vegetable oils. Which is probably why I have a problem with it. I spent a great deal of time trying to find out if cheese and other food with milk use fortified milk or not without success.

It got me thinking about other foods that are fortified.  I then went out to see if I could find out if added vitamins have to be listed or are exempt from labeling. Nothing. The FDA website is condescending on the consumer side managing to say absolutely nothing of any substance and was equally obscure on the manufacturing side. I have yet to have a question answered by the FDA website.

The New Zealand site said that all fortifications must be listed on the ingredient sheet. It must be nice to live there.

Somewhat useful are lists of foods that are typically fortified in the US. None of them seem to be complete.  So if you are willing to spend some time you can have some ideas of what foods might have vitamins added and some of which vitamins, but not what those vitamins are made of. Most articles imply that products that are fortified list it on the label somewhere but I can’t seem to figure out if they -have- to or if its voluntary. I tried to find out if a consumer can determine what fortifications are made from for allergy purposes. I did not hold out much hope for this and I was not disappointed. Lots of sites talking about how when people have allergies they can be malnourished but nothing about how to identify trigger allergens in vitamins that fortify foods. In fact they encourage people with allergies to eat fortified foods. 

It is possible to look up each kind of vitamin that is used in fortification and what they are commonly made from which is what I did with vitamin D. This is fairly time consuming and tells you little about the particular food you are considering buying.  Still it can help you avoid foods that might be a problem.

I have to wonder how many allergic reactions are being caused not by food but the so called ‘beneficial’ additions to them.

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When I was pregnant my midwife recommended that we buy something for distressed nipples before nursing. What with my oil sensitivity I didn’t want to have anything that might possibly cause me problems and my mom found this Lanolin pictured above. When I showed my midwife she was fairly dismissive of it and since I didn’t really have horribly chapped nipples I never tried it out. I wish I had, because I have recently been amazed at how well it works for heavily dry skin. I have found it great for dry heels, corns, and crusty hands. Surprisingly it’s great for frizzy static-y hair too. It had just been sitting around but then on a whim I tried it and ever since it’s been one of my favorite creams since it is safe for babies to eat and it’s really clean with no smell. I’m not going to be eating it but I don’t feel paranoid about it being on my hands either.

All in all a great find!

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Milk Problems

Awhile back I wrote a post about how homogenized milk seems to be a problem for me.

The homogenization could well have been the problem but at the time I didn’t think much about how most milk is fortified with vitamin D. Now that I think about it that was probably my problem with it because vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is almost always carried in vegetable oil. This article strongly implies that milk that contains added vitamin D lists it but I cannot figure out if it is required to be listed or not. Which is frustrating.

According to this 98% of milk is fortified. “Virtually all milk, some yogurts, some cheeses and many milk alternatives are currently fortified with vitamin D.” This begs the question. Does the milk added as an ingredient to other foods such cheese have vitamin D added? Anyone who reads me regularly knows that the FDA does not require the ingredients of ingredients be listed on ingredient labels. After the last debacle with chicken broth I am taking nothing for granted. If anyone knows the answer to this please let me know. I’d be very interested.

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