I was driving home from work one morning. I was tired and I had to stay awake. So I turned off the radio to my favorite talk radio station from Chicago. It was about 4:30 in the morning and the station will play a new and improved physician infomercial.There throws vitamins that created it. I need some noise to help me stay awake. So I listened to his infomercial. What really caught my attention was towards the end program.
He compare vitamin products with brand names other vitamin products. To do this, he was reading the ingredients on the package. He first started making fun of all the sugar in the vitamin brand names. But then the next ingredient listed actually got my first attention.The is “microcrystalline cellulose” which he referred to as “bottom-up newspaper”. The next ingredient is the “silicon dioxide”, the so-called “sand”. Wait a minute. Time here. Did he just say with sand and soil in the newspaper brand name vitamins? How could this happen? A few days later, I decided to do some searching on vitamin clothes. It did not take long for me to know that the doctor is telling the truth.
One of the first sites that I visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are on-line database of foods called “Gras” stands for “Generally Recognized As Safe”. Here’s what I found out.Cellulose derived from plant cell walls. It is found in plants that we eat. But is also found in plants that normally we do not eat, such as wood pulp from trees. All forms of cellulose contain similar biological properties. So is it safe to eat form, then it should be safe to eat other forms such as microcrystalline cellulose cellulose.When we eat, the human body does not understand it, but outside of the body as part of a bowel movement. In a small number with no evidence of harmful effects from cellulose. A greater amount acts as a laxative. I finally learned that cellulose has a rating Gras, while the microcrystalline cellulose is not. But based on the evidence, the FDA has not banned the use of it.
So why some vitamin tablets containing cellulose (wood pulp), and silicon (sand)? The actual number of vitamin tablets found in small amounts. Without some kind of filler, it would be too small to handle. Next you need a strong tight to help hold the tablet form. And the power to keep the tablet from crumbling. That’s why they use cellulose (wood), because of strong wood. The sand acts as a filler, and “time release” agent about how tablet dissolves.
Wood and sand are used as active ingredients in other food products as well. Here’s how the wood is used as an anti-caking agent. microcrystalline cellulose (cellulose powder) used in the parmesan cheese so do not clump (cut) in the can. Silicon dioxide (sand) is an anti-foaming agent. So it is used in beer, to keep the beer from foaming with zero calories head.
Also sand and wood. There are also filling. Thus, the sand and the wood has become very poplar in food products. Sand is also promoted as good for hair, nails, and bones strong. And companies that promote these products in the future, some sand in their underwear products.
But it safe to eat porridge and sand? Gras-reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is quite long. Here are a few lines from each report. Microcrystalline cellulose “… There is no evidence in the available information in the pristine and regenerated cellulose, including microcrystalline cellulose, which indicates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when they are used at levels that far, or that can be reasonably expected in the future “, Silicon Dioxide: “…. The question of whether or not silicon is an important human nutrition remains unresolved Silicon compounds are consumed as food additives to contribute only a small fraction of the total dietary silicon. utilization. “